My dad worked at the Rocky mountain arsenal when he was 18 years old. I believe they were neutralizing Sarin Gas and Mustard Gas. They didn’t wear much in the way of hazardous materials protective gear way back then (1967). They had crates of rabbits, and my dad said if the rabbits started acting strange they’d put their gas masks on.
He worked there for a little less than a year before shipping out when he joined the Navy. My reason for writing is that he has a chronic lung disease. They call it idiopathic interstitial lung disease. He is leaning towards end stage, on oxygen 24/7, and on multiple meds. He has coughed for as long as I can remember, and has had a facial tick and tremors since I was little.
I am wondering if you’ve ever done any stories on the Arsenal? I can’t prove it, but I feel that his health issues started not long after he worked there. Now he’s spending his retirement going to multiple doctors, incurring large medical bills, and knows that his life will be cut short.
If you have any information, I would be interested in reading it.
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