Chapter 18: The Walking Wounded

One year ago today, I was stationed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I received my fourth anthrax vaccine. That’s when my problems began. Until that point, I weighed 175 pounds, 5’9″, excellent physical condition. That night, I had a raging fever and my physical...

Chapter 15: Stay

“Well, if they’re going to issue the stay at all, now would be a good time! I mean, if no stay today, by tomorrow night my guy is eating with the big metal spoon, if you know what I mean.” I’m on the phone to appellate defense in Washington, D.C. I look at my watch....

Chapter 14: SecDef Cohen’s Four Points

In December of 1997, the anthrax vaccine manufacturer was shut down and could not manufacture anything related to the AVA. Notwithstanding that hurdle, Secretary of Defense William Cohen announced that before the mandatory program would begin, it would have to meet...

Chapter 13: Defense Delay

I sent out the judge’s ruling in Corporal Stonewall’s case to a list of people the same night the judge issued it. I was in despair. Now what would I do? Major Tom “Buzz” Rempfer, USAFR, was an Air Force Academy graduate, former F-16 pilot, then A-10 pilot, and flew...

Chapter 12: The DoD ‘Evolves’ on the AVA

Mary PENDERGAST (FDA):  As I indicated to you, it was not the type or quantity of information we would have hoped for. SHAYS (R-CT): That’s an understatement. PENDERGAST: It – it was.  We don’t disagree with you. This was war. This was the first time, and...