MILITARY MEDICAL PATIENTS RESPOND TO MANY ALABAMA MEN’S OPINIONS: “THIS DOG DOESN’T HUNT”
Veterans of the former Fort McClellan military base issue a response to foreigners who are allowed to comment in the news on their federal science review.
– Sue Frasier, Fort McClellan Veterans Activist
ALBANY, NEW YORK, USA, October 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – In June of this year, Alabama’s Anniston Star newspaper published some feature articles on the ancient area of ââenvironmental contamination discovered over the years. years federalized version of Fort McClellan, Alabama. These articles were later picked up later by Yahoo News and Stars and Stripes Magazine. Not all of the articles interviewed the national group of veterans’ medical patients who were actually stationed at the base. However, people who are well outside the issue of Fort McClellan activism were interviewed instead. Veterans would now like to have a say in their own issues that they are working on alone and not the Anniston Star.
The veterans of Fort McClellan are, and always have been, the premise of activism for any official meeting in Washington DC or Georgia regarding the area of ââenvironmental contamination of the former military base. Almost 85% of the original language of the old Fort McClellan Health Registry Act (which is now obsolete) was written by the group’s national activist, Sue Frasier of Albany, NY. So when it comes to knowing the most intimate details of how the original law actually came into being, the veterans group shows itself. Frasier said: “I was in the room when this bill was born, so let’s not work to steer clear of the conversation with the press about this now!”
“The original Fort McClellan Health Registry Act was only drafted at the time for the exclusive purpose of covering soldiers and their families who had traveled to downtown Anniston, Alabama,” using authorized passes while the district was engulfed in a cloud of PCB air from a nearby Monsanto Factory, âsaid Sue Frasier, the group’s activist. “It ran as a bill in Congress from 2010 to 2014, then I cut off the submissions and left.” âFollowing that, in 2015 we did a full year review at the VA in Washington DC, which is called a ‘Duty to Assist’ review. This included the topic of creating a possible health registry for McClellan’s vets. This review ended badly as they were not able at the time to deal with the idea of ââmultiple toxic sources in one location and during the same series of years of service on a base. The whole VA exam was a failure, âcontinued Frasier.
Between 2014 and 2021, the veterans group repeatedly notified Congressman Paul Tonko’s office to stop resubmitting the outdated health registry law on their behalf. Frasier went on to say, âIt was determined during the VA exam that a health registry was not the right medical tool for our patient group. It was and still is. She said, “We have since discovered other new engineering documents that are much more complete than we originally thought about the environmental spill situation at or near Fort McClellan.” âNow more than ever, the Health Registry Act is being left behind like water under the bridge,â she said. âIt’s like trying to use an adjustable wrench as a drill bit to do a repair. There is no match with the parts at hand.
The group was particularly put off by comments that were allowed in the few times the press has been out in Alabama. She said, âWe tell them: this dog doesn’t hunt when it comes to all the stupid statements that they have been allowed to say in these news articles. No one is talking about the science being revised after the initial release to air that has been done has started. No one is talking about the multitude of corrective clean-up projects that have been ordered on base, one after another in the years since our departure. They all talk in Alabama as if no toxic spill cleanup project has ever been done. But this is a lie. And then no one talks about the cumulative implications of several different toxic sources, all mixed together over the same series of years. This is a new scientific practice in the environmental medicine industry, and I certainly wouldn’t expect Congressman Mike Rogers to know anything about it! She said, “We made the right choice here. We pleaded our case with the scientific experts in the country and not with the many opinions of men from Alabama! ”
McClellan vets have successfully launched a federal agency science review and site investigation of the former McClellan military base at both the Center for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta. ATSDR is conducting a review of “combinations and mixtures” as a toxic source. They envision a national cumulative risk assessment for veterans, not a health registry of any kind. The VA and Paul Tonko aren’t even on the group’s radar.
The group says the federal decision is expected to take place between Oct. 1 and Dec. 30 of this year, according to the agency’s letter. The veterans also went on to say that family members and close relatives are not covered by the very first round of exams that may have come from the ATSDR agency. They pointed out that this would also be a departure from the original language of the Tonko Health Registry Law. “We must first resolve the toxic exposure issues of the veterans who were in fact at the field contamination sites at McClellan, before we can even begin to rationally address the less likely scenario of the members of the family who had no known soil contact with the sites, âsays Frasier. “I don’t know of any family member who would have been on Howitzer Hill, for example.”
Veterans expect a major public announcement to be made on the federal agency’s findings as soon as they are released with their group.