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Elevated Benzene Levels In Fort Mcclellan Groundwater-Same Carcinogens Also Found In The Water At Camp Lejeune.

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Excerpts from email that I've received:

For the past three years, there has been a bill in one form or another called the “Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act” (current incarnation is HR411) sitting in the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Basically, this bill calls for the VA to grant what is known as ‘presumptive status’ for those who are seeking treatment and served at Ft. McClellan.

Note – all of the remarks in quotations are things I have been told or seen written by members of the various Ft. McClellan social media groups. With rare exception, these vets have asked not to be named, in fear that the few services they have been able to get, the claims they have been allowed to file will be denied. That is the saddest part of all. As soon as they tell their VA caseworker they are a Ft. McClellan vet, are routinely told that their medical issues will not be covered or treated by the VA. Despite mountains of data proving a direct correlation between these toxins and the diseases for which they are seeking treatment, the VA denies case after case.

Click on links to read these articles.

Toxic Vets - The Poisonous Legacy of Ft. McClellan


Contract No. DACA21-96-D-0018/CK10, Fort McClellan, Alabama

All HadIt.Com brothers and sisters, suffering presumptive diseases, that filed a well-grounded claim that the VARO later denied. Should also file your NOD, DRO, BVA, and USCAVC Appeals, and persevere until you’ve proven your facts-found toxic exposure. Let's spread the word and tell other Veterans to contact their Congressmen and Senators. Ask why they will not co-sponsor the H.R. 411 Health Registry Act.

These “Beltway Politicians” are never reluctant to ask the Wounded Warriors for Votes! Veterans, we must Stand Up, Reload our VA claims ammunition, and continue fighting until those rightfully entitled, receive their VA benefits victory.


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Here is an AO Ft McClellan award:

I posted that 2 years ago here and think maybe another one or two McClelland awards have been made for AO.

Getting bills passed is one thing....but convincing VA is another thing.

The first CONUS AO vet (James Cripps) and the first AO Thailand vet ( Kurt Priessman) didn't try to get a bill through the House/Senate...they,instead went over all of the AO info they could find, and succeeded by proving their exposure to the AO was undebatable.

Proving AO was there when they were and they were exposed by virtue of their MOS was found in this document:


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Elevated Benzene Levels (Ft. McClellan)

Any veteran with any disability directly related to exposure to benezine, regardless of where they served, does not have a AO claim basis, but instead a direct service connected basis.

I read the bill and see nothing about any specific presumptives suggested, but the Registry is a good idea.

Also has anyone pressured VA into obtaining a study by the IOM?

“With rare exception, these vets have asked not to be named, in fear that the few services they have been able to get, the claims they have been allowed to file will be denied.

I don't get that. I know Kurt Priessman well and also talked to James many times(we interviewed them both here in our SVR radio shows (available in the SVR archives)

They did the leg work themselves, and then published their results on the internet, and because of them others have succeeded too.


1.  The Veteran was exposed to herbicides while stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama, in 1969.”
from the above link to 


The full decision shows how he won his AO claim.

GRADUATE ! Nov 2nd 2007 American Military University !

When thousands of Americans faced annihilation in the 1800s Chief

Osceola's response to his people, the Seminoles, was

simply "They(the US Army)have guns, but so do we."

Sameo to us -They (VA) have 38 CFR ,38 USC, and M21-1- but so do we.

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Hello, Berta and Carlie thanks for replying.

“Elevated Benzene Levels” was posted to ignite the “herbicide exposure curiosity” for a few-hundred, veterans of all branches that trained or served as permanent duty staff at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

I’ve asked for and received permission from my representative Kerry Baker, email KBaker@cck-law.com with the firm of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD allowing me to share credible herbicide facts about (Agent Orange and his deadly cousin Agent White), plus other chemical warfare agents spills at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

My (best friend), was treated for B-Cell Leukemia and immune disorders, at the VAMC for years and later died without service connection for that presumptive disease. He did not serve in Vietnam, but did serve along the Korean DMZ, Fort Dix, NJ and Fort McClellan, Alabama.

As the years pass us by, our memory will deteriorates, but veterans must never forget the presumptive diseases diagnosis at “38 CFR 3.307 lists exposure to 2,4-D; 2,4,5-T and the contaminant TCDD; cacoddylic acid, and picloram the chemical ingredients for Agent Orange.

On August 25, 2013, AskNod posted the resource “Where the Orange Fertilizer Landed” referencing 59-Contaminated Bases. I, first read in 2011, and shared it with my friend family. That post connects an earlier posting about Fort McClellan a veteran received service connection for McClellan Agent Orange. But, it was not definitive that Agent Orange was the tactical herbicide resulting in his presumptive disease. Thank you Berta for re-posting that claim,

I’ve pasted portions from that decision, I believe are compelling based on “38 CFR 3.307 highlights on presumptive service connection for diseases associated with exposure to 2,4-D; 2,4,5-T and the contaminant TCDD; cacoddylic acid, and picloram the chemical ingredients for Agent Orange.

Since October 2011, my herbicide research of Fort McClellan contamination kept tuning up the chemical ingredients (2,4-D; 2,4,5-T, 2,4,5-TP; 2,4-D; 2,4-DP and TCDD, and 2,3,7,8-TCDD) based

on official herbicide-pesticide inventory records, and soil samples reported in 1998. I do not have a chemistry background, so after analyzing all ingredients from numerous reports. The true identities for (Agents Orange, White, Silvex and Tordon 101) emerged as the perfect match for “tactical herbicides” minus “covert camouflage” authorized as (restricted use pesticides) on U.S. military bases.

“FINDINGS OF FACT: 1. from the above link to http://www.va.gov/ve...es1/1108696.txt The Veteran was exposed to herbicides while stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama, in 1969.

The full decision shows how he won his AO claim. Finally, he states that Agent Orange (as well as (Agents Blue and White) were present and being tested in the same building where he worked.

In a May 2010 response to VA inquiries, the Department of Defense (DoD) has certified that a "review of the DoD documentation does not show any use, testing or storage of tactical herbicides, such as Agent Orange, at any location in Alabama, to include Fort McClellan. Okay hit pause, and press the rewind button, Fort McClellan is on the DOD 59-Contaminated U.S Bases report, the McClellan herbicide inventory show Agent Orange’s first cousin Tordon 101 aka Agent White, blood type 2,4-D, and nephew Silvex is 2,4,5-T herbicides had been permanent assigned to Fort McClellan since 1974.

"The DOD also stated this in the veteran claim: however, those records would not reflect "small scale non-tactical herbicide applications" such as routine base maintenance activities like range management, brush clearing, or weed killing. However, the DOD certification leaves open the possibility that herbicides may have been used in the manner described by the Veteran, to clear brush and weeds around the Tiger Village. That officer, whose specific identity cannot be determined, was in a position, with commensurate duties and responsibilities, to know what chemicals or substances were being used to maintain or prepare the training area. While it cannot be definitively ascertained whether Agent Orange was in fact the substance used in 1969 at Fort McClellan, all reasonable doubt must be resolved in favor of the Veteran.

Struggling with severe anxiety, depression, and memory that my (best-friend) died without service connection. I, now say all Veterans, must bond (brothers and sisters) together, and gather all evidence, that wins presumptive diseases claim inside the VARO. Why should another veteran die? When a rater drop-kicks the claim from backlog, into the appeals cycle, collect a nice fat performance bonus, fully aware the veteran may die during the appeal/remand cycle! Fort McClellan veterans, have been exposed to herbicides, and deadly warfare agents, Benzene, PCBs, TCE, radiation inside the CONUS .

We must speak louder armed with credible facts, and maybe someday the media talking heads. The big four VSO’s leaders, and (life-term) belt way politicians, will listen, then concede Fort McClellan veterans faced deadly chemical agents, plus 25 dioxins, inside the United States of America. So, where is the sympathy for our fallen heroes, who faced (Sarin, Mustard, Nerve, Agents Orange, Blue, White and Purple) tested on us at Fort McClellan, not in Syria or another tropical or frozen location beyond the USA border.

SPECIAL NOTE: The DOD authorized Tordon 101 as regular use pesticide; which is picloram and 2,4,-D-based, also known as herbicide (Agent White) used in "small scale non-tactical herbicide applications" such as base maintenance activities like range management, brush clearing, or weed killing at the base, recreation areas, golf course, all active ranges, all training areas.

Reflecting, on that 1969 “Tiger Village” decision where all doubt was resolved in favor of the veteran. A strong argument can be made based on the 1980 herbicide-pesticide inventory records show more likely than not all rainbow herbicides were tested, covertly in a non-tactical manner at Fort McClellan and later shipped from the Port at Mobile, Alabama to defoliate Vietnam.

So ask yourself, how can the DOD maintains its assertion for no tactical herbicide use, testing, at any location in Alabama, both McClellan and the Port of Mobile are in Alabama based on official contamination records. (JMHO)

Citing Paul Harvey’s catch phrase: Hello Americans, and Hadit family, Stand at Ease! I’m not Paul Harvey reincarnated. Do you know what the news is? Well in a few minutes, you will after reading this story”. (I love to mix three tablespoons of “Humor” it helps me cope with my severe anxiety/depression from my VA war). Now, pausing dramatically, as Mr. Harvey did……I believe the VA and the DOD would want all veterans to know herbicides stored and used at Fort McClellan: does qualify for VA compensation purposes, see regulations at 38 C.F.R. § 3.307 establish presumptive service connection for diseases associated with exposure to 2,4-D;

2,4,5-T and its contaminant TCDD (Agent Orange); cacodylic acid, and picloram. See 38 U.S.C. § 1116.


In 1974, the based used 8,000 gallons of Silvex – which is 2,4,5-T based – 18,480 gallons in 1975, and 41,460 gallons in 1976. R-289. Also, it used 7,200 gallons of 2,4-D in 1974, 6,000 in 1975, and 4,800 in 1976. Id. The base also used 1,800 gallons of 2,4,5-T in 1974 and 10,000 gallons in 1976. Id. Further, the base used 4,000 gallons of picloram in 1975, in addition to 20,300 gallons of Tordon 101, which is picloram and 2,4,-D-based, also known as Agent White. Agent White is also contaminated with hexachlorobenzene and nitrosamines, both known carcinogens.

When you analyze the Monsanto/Solutia Inc. contamination records it appears marginal, compared to the Army’s Chemical School long history for spills and illegal burial of chemical warfare agents. In the 1980’s all military branches, the DOD and VA, least likely than not understood contamination exposure was irrelevant to notify veterans, and our families, and kept the base open for active training until 1999 to measure adverse health effects for humans..

I’m grateful, for the opportunity to share research facts, crafted by my legal representatives, after listening to my emotion-charged statements, then completed the attached chemical summary, based on the official records to support my claim.

I pray that veterans worldwide can use the (PDF) spotlighting chemical exposure facts, in a nutshell, per chemical exposure-events at Fort McClellan, Alabama covering the past 50 years; and some cases, much longer. In honor of my (best friend) another Vietnam Era veterans without boots on the ground service in the Nam! If, you're awaiting VA exposure decisions, please make use of this resource, recharge your “warrior spirit” then prove your stateside exposure at the VARO level.

I shall never surrender, regardless of any denied claims, or side effects from any VA recognized presumptive disease, during my VA war. JMHO & Motto.

JumpmasterCCK-Law, Ft McClellan Combined Repor, 9-5-2013t.pdf

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