Documentary Set to Reveal Toxic Exposure of Ft. McClellan Veterans

PolitiChicks.comOver the last few weeks, I have done extensive coverage of the toxic exposure at Ft. McClellan and the stories of America’s Veterans. I had the chance to speak with Jason Loring, CEO of EPC Films and Director of Toxic Service: The Soldiers Story.

 BB:  Why did you decide to create this documentary?

Jason Loring:  Well it was probably two weeks after Ted learned of the toxic exposures out at Ft. McClellan, that he called me one night where he began to tell me of horrifically tragic tales from soldiers once stationed out at Ft. Mac, and how they and along with himself, have been exposed to some really bad, and I do mean bad stuff.  His tales ended with one simple phrase: “I want to do a film for them!”  And like a reflex test conducted by your doctor, I instinctively blurted out, “I’m in!”  Never minding the film we had already started pre-production work on, I mean we dropped everything. That’s how important this project became to the both of us. The fact that men and women who served this country with honor are now being dismissed by the VA for medical coverage due to toxic exposures incurred in the line of duty was nothing less than disturbing, and disgusting.  We had no choice. We had to make this film.

 BB:  How were you made aware of the toxic exposure at Ft. McClellan?

JL:  This goes back to Ted once again. It began when Ted wanted to look up some old Army buddies online, and his search lead him to a Facebook Group for Ft. McClellan Vets. It was on this site that he learned about all of the lethal toxins that soldiers, were exposed to while stationed at Ft. Mac.

BB:  How long have you been working on the film?

JL:  We began work on this film March of this year (2014).

BB:  How do you suggest people urge Congress to pass H.R. 411?

JL:  Like any Bill, Initiative, or Proposition up before Congress, the key to having your voice being heard is to say something. Write a letter, send an email, call your representative directly, or take to social media, and make your point clearly and concisely. Spread the word if you will.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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