Robin Silverman - Specialist, Power Generator Mechanic, U.S. Womens Army Corps


Robin Silverman was stationed at Fort McClellan for WAC (Women's Army Corps) Basic Training from June 1977 to August 1977. After training she was stationed in Germany, where she worked as a Power Generator Mechanic with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Once at her duty station in Germany, about 3 months after Basic Training, Robin began experiencing exhaustion, unusual weight gain and difficulty focusing. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goiter disease. At age 37, about 10 years after discharge from the Army, Robin was diagnosed with a very rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In 2008, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and had a lobe of one lung removed. Two years later, in 2010 she developed neurologic paralysis of her eye muscles and now has double vision. She wears special glasses to see. In 2013, she was diagnosed with MGUS (Monoclonal gammopathy of undermined significance), which has been connected to Agent Orange exposure, and is a precursor to blood cancer.

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