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.

Richard Lee Amon - Private First Class, Military Police

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

About Out Of The Shadows

Stories and portraits of U.S. Army veterans and their families, who were once stationed at Fort McClellan. Fort McClellan was a U.S. Army Installation near Anniston, Alabama - labeled America’s most toxic town. Opened in 1917, the installation served as a main location of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons training, testing and storage. Thousands of Fort McClellan veterans are currently reporting a range of debilitating to life threatening health issues that they believe are connected to hazards they were exposed to while stationed at Fort McClellan. The rest of the story…