Joe Downey describes the destruction he and his fellow New York firefighters encountered when arriving in South Mississippi for their first deployment since 9/11. The department’s mission was to bring relief to the most damaged areas, but Downey remembers the generosity of the Coast’s residents despite all they had lost. (Jessica Koscielniak/McClatchy)
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Rep. Mike Thompson seeks justice for veterans exposed to chemical tests
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Adam McCracken, a Winter Springs clinical psychologist, received the restoration of his civil rights from Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet on June 15. McCracken and his wife, Renee, testified about why restoration of his rights was so important.
Veterans groups and members of Congress, including Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), are demanding to know exactly what happened during the Pentagon's series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests involving military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s.
Mercedes Carranza, a Gulfport restaurant owner, helped acclimate Hispanic families from Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico to a post-Katrina Coast when they arrived to help rebuild South Mississippi. (Ali Rizvi/McClatchy)
Gary Hargrove worked tirelessly to identify those who died as a result of Katrina. His proudest moment came when he was able to identify and find the family of one unidentified man after searching for two years. (Ali Rizvi/McClatchy)
Jackie Washington recounts the destruction of Biloxi in the aftermath of Katrina. The smell of death, the joy of finding neighbors alive, the lack of immediate aid and the anger at being considered a refugee resulted in the city’s common mantra of “I am Biloxi.” (Ali Rizvi/McClatchy)
Nikki Moon did not evacuate before Katrina made landfall, but she prepared and planned for the worst. When the surge moved in, Moon and two friends fought the floodwaters in Bay St. Louis. (Ali Rizvi/McClatchy)
Ronald Riecter describes the risks of being a schooner captain in hurricane-prone South Mississippi. Riecter’s love of the Coast won’t allow him to leave, but his philosophy of not dwelling on the past has helped him recover from Katrina’s destruction. (Ali Rizvi/McClatchy)
Elizabeth Duvall fought with her son before Katrina made landfall in 2005. She begged him to evacuate, but he refused and chose to stay in Biloxi. Three days after the storm, she returned to search for him amid the destruction. (Ali Rizvi/McClatchy)
Lisa Robertson remembers going into labor and trying to find a place to deliver her daughter in devastated South Mississippi. Without power, without doctors and without supplies, Robertson gave birth to Sofia Marble the day after Katrina. (Jessica Koscielniak/McClatchy)
Susie DeStefano grieves the death of her mother who lost her life during Katrina. DeStefano and her family were able to lay Patricia Siwiec Meeks to rest after six weeks of searching for her following the storm. (Ali Rizvi and Jessica Koscielniak/McClatchy)
David Allen and the Waveland Police Department decided to stay and weather the storm in South Mississippi. When the station started to flood, Allen and his officers fought debris and struggled to survive in gasoline-fouled water. (Ali Rizvi/McClatchy)