Karen Schroeder - Acting Sergeant, Military Police, U.S. Army

Karen describes a bad day as, “I’m tired from the inside out,” she says. “My bones are tired, my muscles are tired, so just getting out of bed is difficult.” She describes a good day as having enough energy to get out of bed, being able to get a good day in at her home office and feeling productive. She says she has to push herself most days. “I don’t know what it’s like to live without a headache.”

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Wayne Henry Hayden - Sergeant, Heavy Truck Driver, U.S. Army

WAYNE HENRY HAYDEN WAS EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE AND A RANGE OF OTHER TOXINS - KNOWN AND UNKNOWN - IN HIS FIVE-YEAR ARMY CAREER. HE LIVES WITH A LONG LIST OF SERIOUS ILLNESSES, BUT HIS GREATEST REGRET IS WHAT HIS TIME IN THE ARMY DID TO HIS CHILDREN WHO WERE BORN AFTER HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE SERVICE. READ WAYNE’S STORY AND LISTEN TO SOME OF HIS OWN WORDS …

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Wade Schools - PFC, Chemical Corps, U.S. Army

JUST A FEW WEEKS INTO HIS TIME AT FORT MCCLELLAN, WADE BEGAN FEELING ILL. HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT TELLING HIS DRILL SERGEANTS THAT HE WAS SICK, BUT FELT SO BAD THAT HE HAD NO OTHER CHOICE. HE WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH A 102-DEGREE FEVER AND DIAGNOSED WITH BRONCHITIS. IN THE HOSPITAL, HE ENCOUNTERED ANOTHER SOLDIER FROM HIS COMPANY WITH THE SAME SYMPTOMS. READ THE REST OF WADE’S STORY AND HERE SOME OF IT IN HIS OWN WORDS…

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Jasper Ussery - Master Sergeant, Medic, U.S. Army

JASPER EUGENE USSERY SPEAKS HIGHLY OF THE U.S. ARMY AND THE VA. HE HAS A 100% DISABILITY RATING BASED ON HIS EXPOSURE TO THE HERBICIDE CALLED AGENT ORANGE DURING HIS SERVICE IN VIETNAM. HE BELIEVES SOME OF HIS HEALTH ISSUES ARE TIED TO HIS TIME AT FORT MCCLELLAN IN 1962. HE WAS STATIONED THERE IN AN ERA OF OPEN AIR TESTING OF NERVE AGENTS AND OTHER TOXINS.

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Richard Lee Amon - Private First Class, Military Police, U.S. Army

HEALTH ISSUES HAVE FOLLOWED RICK AMON SINCE 5 WEEKS INTO HIS TIME AT FORT MCCLELLAN FOR U.S. ARMY MILITARY POLICE SCHOOL. HE IS A MAN OF STRONG RELIGIOUS FAITH AND DRIVEN TO HELP HIS FELLOW VETERANS GET THE HELP HE FEELS THEY DESERVE. HE LIVES BY THE MOTTO, “THE DEVIL TOLD ME TO WATCH OUT THE RAIN’S COMIN’ AND I TOLD ‘EM I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT BECAUSE I AM THE STORM.” READ AND LISTEN TO RICK’S STORY…

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Iris Socorro Johnson - Specialist-5, Accounting & Finance, Womens Army Corps

“FORT MCCLELLAN WAS A PIT, TO CREATE SO MANY SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS.”

SINCE BEING STATIONED AT FORT MCCLELLAN IN 1967, IRIS HAS EXPERIENCED REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ISSUES, SEVERE DENTAL ISSUES, SEVERE AND BLEEDING STOMACH ULCERS AND OTHER DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, AND CANCER THAT SHE CONNECTS TO HER TIME THERE. SHE, LIKE MANY WOMEN VETERANS, HAS PTSD SHE TIES TO MST (MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA) SHE EXPERIENCED. THE SEVERE HEALTH ISSUES THAT SHE SEES AND BELIEVES PASSED THROUGH HER FROM FORT MCCLELLAN TO HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE MOST CONCERNING TO HER. HERE IS IRIS’ STORY…

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Susie Hill - Specialist, Telecommunications, U.S. Women's Army Corps

A PERFECT STORM, OF SORTS, A MILITARY RECRUITER’S SALESMANSHIP AND THE VIETNAM WAR COMBINED FOR SUSIE HILL AND SHE FOUND HERSELF AT FORT MCCLELLAN FOR WAC (WOMEN’S ARMY CORPS) BASIC TRAINING. SHE ARRIVED FOR TRAINING PHYSICALLY FIT AND EAGER TO BE A GOOD SOLDIER. SHE LEFT WITH ILLNESSES THAT PLAGUE HER TO THIS DAY AND AN EVER-EXPANDING LIST OF HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT SHE HAS HAD TO WORK THROUGH IN ORDER TO PAY HER MEDICAL BILLS. READ AND LISTEN TO MORE OF SUSIE’S STORY …

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Lisa Jo Sarro - Specialist, Military Police, U.S. Army

LISA JO SARRO WAS HEALTHY AND EXCITED WHEN SHE ARRIVED AT FT MCCLELLAN FOR BASIC TRAINING AND MILITARY POLICE SCHOOL IN JUNE 1984. THEN THE ODD SYMPTOMS AND ILLNESSES BEGAN: FEVERS, PAIN, EMOTIONAL SWINGS AND MEMORY ISSUES. AT THE TIME, SHE HAD NO IDEA WHY SHE WAS SO ILL. READ LISA JO’S STORY AND LISTEN TO A PORTION OF IT IN HER OWN WORDS…

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Tammy Finci - Specialist, Single Channel Radio Operator, U.S. Army - Tech Sergeant, Medical Specialist, U.S. Air Force

HEALTH PROBLEMS BEGAN FOR TAMMY FINCI IN HER EARLY 20S, A YEAR OR TWO AFTER BEING STATIONED AT FORT MCCLELLAN FOR BASIC TRAINING. WHAT BEGAN AS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ISSUES HAVE BLOSSOMED INTO A LONG LIST OF DEBILITATING AND LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES THAT INCLUDE AN INOPERABLE BRAIN TUMOR. HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ALSO EXPERIENCE CHALLENGES THAT SHE LINKS TO HER TIME AT FORT MCCLELLAN. AFTER RECEIVING NCO OF THE YEAR, TAMMY’S HEALTH ISSUES FORCED HER OUT OF MILITARY SERVICE. READ MORE OF TAMMY’S STORY AND LISTEN TO HER WORDS…

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Cheryl Morris - Private First Class, Medic, U.S. Army Reserve

CHERYL MORRIS HAS HAD SEVERE HEALTH ISSUES SINCE BEING STATIONED AT FORT MCCLELLAN FOR BASIC TRAINING IN 1983. SHE IS FROM A FAMILY WITH A DEEP MILITARY TRADITION AND LOST HER HUSBAND TO COMPLICATIONS FROM AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE IN VIETNAM. CHERYL STRUGGLES TO LIVE EACH DAY ON A LIMITED SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INCOME WITH A LONG LIST OF HEALTH ISSUES THAT INCLUDE FOLLICULAR NON-HODGKINS LYMPHOMA. READ MORE AND HERE CHERYL’S STORY IN HER OWN WORDS…

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Dee Felix - Specialist, Military Police, U.S. Army

TWO YEARS AFTER SHE WAS STATIONED AT FORT MCCLELLAN, DEE FELIX’S FIRST SON WAS BORN DEAF WITH OTHER DEBILITATING HEALTH ISSUES. AT 29, DEE HAD TO HAVE A HYSTERECTOMY. BODY AND JOINT PAIN, MIGRAINES, CHRONIC INSOMNIA, PULMONARY ISSUES AND DEPRESSION HAVE BEEN AMONG HER HEALTH PROBLEMS SINCE FORT MCCLELLAN. MORE OF DEE’S STORY…

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Michael Easterday - Specialist, Military Police, U.S. Army

MICHAEL "MIKE" EASTERDAY TALKS OF ODD INJURIES, BONE PROBLEMS, MISCARRIAGES, MISSING MEDICAL RECORDS, SURGERIES GONE WRONG, AND FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. HE SEES SYMPTOMS AND ILLNESSES AMONG HIS FELLOW FORT MCCLELLAN VETERANS THAT ECHO THOSE OF VIETNAM VETERANS WHO WERE EXPOSED TO THE HERBICIDE AGENT ORANGE. LEARN MORE OF HIS STORY…

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