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…

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

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

Michael "Mike" Easterday - Specialist, Military Police

Michael "Mike" Easterday - Specialist, Military Police

Michael "Mike" Easterday was stationed at Fort McClellan from April to August 1992 for Basic Training and Military Police AIT training.

Mike’s story includes his own experiences and what he has seen in the lives of other soldiers stationed at Fort McClellan. He talks of odd injuries, bone problems, miscarriages, missing medical records, surgeries gone wrong, and financial hardship. He has known soldiers who developed emotional and mental problems that he believes may be linked to toxic exposures and sees symptoms and illnesses among his fellow Fort McClellan veterans that echo those of Vietnam veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange.

Mike has memory problems (he’s 55 years old), arthritis and four titanium plates in his neck and back. After the back surgery he lost the use of his right arm. After his surgeries he was unable to work and went through his $4,000 life savings before getting assistance with a disability claim from the office of Harold Trent Franks, former Republican Congressman from Arizona’s 8th congressional district.

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

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

David Goodman - Staff Sergeant, Military Police, U.S. Army

David Goodman - Staff Sergeant, Military Police, U.S. Army