James Edward Androl
Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission: Army
Rank: E-4 Spec-4
Job Title: 31M20 Multichannel Communications Equipment Operator
Unit: 84th Engineer Battalion
Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour: 2/21/1978 – 8/18/1978
Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll: Lojwa
Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll: On almost every Island due to working in conjunction with the Body Snatchers, as well as orders from 84th Engineers Bn. N.C.O.’s
Description of Work Performed: Androl, James E. E-4 (Specialist 4th Class) Communications Installation/Repair and Operator w/Crypyprographic, 84th Engineer Bn., Schofield Barracks, Hi., Attached from 426th Signal Bn, XVIII Airborne Corps, Ft Bragg, N.C. February 1978 through August 1978. Assisted (by order) to travel to various islands for clean-up operations. Handled various debris, found underwater mine field off Lojwa. Stationed on LOJWA BASE CAMP. AKA Lojwa Animal. Also employed by Holmes and Narver as Bartender for the Lojwa Sandcastle. Only eight days remaining In-Service upon leaving Islands.
Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure: Yes
Comments about Health Challenges: Radiation burns, unknown rashes,blistering, PTSD, Bone and Joint issues, Hypertension, Late stage colon cancer, low sperm count, and too many others to list. Offspring also suffer from illnesses and defects attributed to a parent exposed to Ionizing Radiation. 43 additional residuals in total.
Veterans Administration Health Assistance: Yes, “Paid-For out of pocket VA Health Care”
Experiences with the Veterans Administration: Deliberately misdiagnosed, had to fight for care. Post diagnosis 2-1/2 year wait for doctor visit. Ignored gastrointestinal issues (cancer). Put on wait-list. Sexually assaulted by a VA female doctor on a grudge. I tried to report it 6 different times but was continually ignored. Sent to classes for PTSD, after third week denied further classes or help of any kind due to being classified as a non-combat veteran. No help with PTSD and no charges brought against doctor for sexual assault. Continually over medicated by VA doctors that no civilian doctor would ever allow. Medications continually counteracted against each other and no consideration for extreme weight loss post surgery. Same dosage level are currently being prescribed. Too many other issues to list. Continually denied disability claims. Continually charged exorbitant fee’s for medical and prescriptions. (11/24/2014)
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Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
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