STORIES AND PORTRAITS OF U.S. MILITARY VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES, WHO WERE 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 THERE. HERE'S THE REST OF THE STORY…

Kathleen Ventura-Herrera - Specialist, Combat Medic, U.S. Womens Army Corps

Kathleen Ventura-Herrera - Specialist, Combat Medic, U.S. Womens Army Corps

Kathleen Ventura-Herrera and her service dog, Dixie Doodle.

Kathleen Ventura-Herrera and her service dog, Dixie Doodle.

Kathleen Ventura-Herrera, a Specialist in the Women's Army Corps and Combat Medic veteran, was stationed at Ft McClellan for Basic Training from October 1969 to January 1970. She began experiencing health problems while at Ft McClellan and continues to have health issues that she doesn't see in her family history. She is concerned that she has passed health issues down to her daughter that was born after Kathleen served at Ft McClellan and that problems have also continued on to her grandchildren. Hear some of Kathleen's story in the audio clip above. Service Dog, Dixie Doodle helps Kathleen with her symptoms from MST (Military Sexual Trauma) and PTSD. Listen to part of Kathleen's story, in her own words, in the audio file above.

Kirstin Marie Cender - Private First Class, Military Police, U.S. Womens Army Corps

Kirstin Marie Cender - Private First Class, Military Police, U.S. Womens Army Corps

Memphis Barbree - Specialist, NBC & Training NCO, U.S. Army - My Story

Memphis Barbree - Specialist, NBC & Training NCO, U.S. Army - My Story