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Remembering our veterans – The Fort McClellan Health Registry Act (H.R. 6238)

April 19, 2011

Remembering our veterans

Wednesday, March 30, was "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." Unfortunately, I did not receive word of it from the State Department of Veterans Affairs until March 31.

It was not advertised by the State nor by the Veterans Administration, that I am aware of.

 

 

The Fort McClellan Health Registry Act (H.R. 6238) was introduced in the second half of the 111th Congress, but it died there and has not been reintroduced.

Veterans that were stationed at Ft. McClellan, Ala., or lived in Anniston while stationed there during and after the Vietnam War, especially WAC basic trainees, may eventually be eligible for Agent Orange/PCB exposure as the stuff was being stored at the Fort, and the Monsanto plant making Agent Orange was dumping tons of PCBs in the adjacent town of Anniston as well as in the smoke from the factory, according to the Retiree Assistance Office Bulletin.

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  1. douglas wyman Reply

    am 54 served at mp school 78/78 have lost my kidneys less then 2 years no family history of this I am also a diabetes (Type 2 my va in mpls mn know nothing my Washington county vet rep in mn knows nothing what do you do first contact dlwyma60@aol.com let me know

    • LOVME Reply

      Douglas, I would recommend that you join our closed support group on FB. You should get plenty of advice from the group. Join at this link>>>https://www.facebook.com/groups/aolivingwithagentorange/

  2. Carlo Albanese Reply

    Contact me directly ASAP Ft. McClellan Vets, of to Washington to Testify on Ft. McClellan AO TCDD herbicide exposures. Need to hear from you.

    914 497-5000

  3. Carl Ellison Reply

    I went to MP school there in 1977, and the attended MPI School in 1979, I've seen several articles about Agent Orange and Ft McCellan……I THINK NOW IS THE TIME THAT ALL VETERANS WHO SERVED THERE CONTACT VA, AND THEIR CONGRESSMAN AND GET THE TESTING AND REGISTERY NEEDED SO THAT WE CAN LEARN AND RECEIVE TREATMENT, CAUSE OUR FELLOW VETERANS BEFORE US ARE DYING OFF EVERY DAY,,FOR NOW REASON, VA AND OUR GOVERMENT NEEDS TO STEP UP NOW!!!!   Please feel free to contact me at:   carlellison1957@yahoo.com

    • admin Reply

      Thank you for your comment. I hope others will find you via our website. Good luck with your fight.

  4. Joseph Eads Reply

    I am astonished to see just how many people have the exact same symptoms and were stationed at Ft McClellan during the same time period I was. I knew for years that something had happened to me but I never would have guessed that it was done to me purposely.

  5. Julia Reply

    My husband went through Ft. McCellen during his MP training. He died this past September at the age of 51, having suffered with neuropathy (affecting his hands and feet), diabetes (Type 2), congested heart failure, hypertension, elevated cholestrol levels, and other physical/mental problems. They were blamed on genetics. Having been reading these AO research sites and comments, I believe this is directly related to his early-onset (early 30's) health problems.
    We have a son. What happens to him from this? What are we to expect? What recourse do we have, if any? What is my next step?
    We were kept in the dark about everything his medical file contained. At one point, VA would not release his file to him. I may possibly have a tougher time trying to get it now.
    Thank you for your help.

  6. Nancy Reply

    Hello, I may be a bit late on this, however, I was stationed @ Fort McClellan from July 1972 to July 1975, and one of my friends emailed me this info a few months back.  I have suffered many years with multiple neurological issues in addition to other medical issues, and could never understand why?  WHILE in service, I went to sick call often with severe headaches, shortly after leaving service had miscarriages and one and on and on..I see according to this posting, that this Bill has "DIED"?????  Is there ANY way that I would qualify for help based on my Military Service at Ft McClellan? PS  I have been on Social Secuity Disability for 7 years now, sadly unable to work any longer and as noted above…OFTEN WONDERED what the ROOT of all of my issues are?  PERHAPS THIS explains a lot.  Thank you.  PS…I went to our local Veterans Admin….and they just kinda "sneered" at me…I AM A VETERAN just as THEY…Non Combat, of course…but I did serve our Country during Viet Nam Era, and I DO REALIZE that there are so many of our men and women in such need, that my situation is trivial…HOWEVER IF I should pursue this any further, please advise….have a great day!

  7. Hans-Peter Frankie Strayer Reply

    I wish I would have been told about this years ago. It would have explained some of my problems. I was stationed at Ft. McClellan in the fall of 1975 at the Military Police training area. I do not want to list all my medical issues here as I am presently rated at 70 %  but where do I start to address this with the V.A. ?

  8. Fay A. Baker Boedecker Reply

    Wow, starting a new life with my country benfits in mind. 
    And they allow harmful chemicals to be around us as we train,
    learn, embrace the military standards.  Basic was exciting and
    productive. And being in the Womans Army Corp. Man what and honor
    and this info comes out.  The red clay of Al.   Gee, Montsano what were you thinking.

  9. daigoumee Reply

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  10. Barbara Rose Reply

    I was stationed at Fort McClellan, AL, from June 26, 1974, to September 1974.  I remember going out in the field (fenced in area), for training.  We tromped through the woods during the day, and also doing map reading at night.  I remember that they yelled "gas", and I dropped to the ground.  Our lieutenant threw a tear gas canister right in front of my face.  She thought it was funny.  I did not go through the gas chamber, as I was transferred to another company along with other females, since they thought we weren't learning fast enough.  The new company had already gone through it. 
    I have Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol,  and problems with my legs.  Not sure about the other problems that might coincide with this. 
    I was at an event this weekend, and a service officer was there.  He gave some instruction on how to file a claim.  Can we still file claims, or is this shut down?  How should I proceed with this? 
    Thank you for any advice you can give.

  11. Sandra Meadows Reply

    <We lived in and around Anniston in 1979-83, while my husband was stationed there.. My husband died in 2006. He was in Vietnam in 1970, also. Would I, or my children, and grandchildren, be eligible for compensation?>

  12. Sandra Meadows Reply

    We lived in and around Anniston in 1979-83. My husband died in 2006. He was in Vietnam in 1970, also. Would I, or my children, and grandchildren, be eligible for compensation?

    • admin Reply

      Sandra,

      The article indicates that Veterans that were stationed at Ft. McClellan, Ala., or lived in Anniston while stationed there during and after the Vietnam War, especially WAC basic trainees, may eventually be eligible for Agent Orange/PCB exposure. Last year there was legislation submitted but it died there and has not been resubmitted. What most veterans and their families have to do is file the claim with supporting documents and hope for the best. In your case you would apply for DIC since your husband has passed. You need to find a service office in your area who could help you with your claim. I wouldn’t wait. You know where to reach me if you have any further questions. Sharon Perry

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