For veterans who served in recent times, the closest thing to a chemical substance test most of us experienced was exposure to tear gas as we practiced putting on our protective masks in periodic trips to the “gas chamber.” Thus, it may be hard to believe that for decades the Army tested chemical and biological agents (and their antidotes) on soldiers in order to learn about their effects.
As a result of a class action lawsuit by Vietnam Veterans of America, veterans who went through such testing may now receive care from the Army.
The U.S. Army is notifying veterans that they may be eligible to receive medical care if they participated in U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing from 1942 to 1975 and have an injury or disease that they believe was proximately caused by their participation.
Certain conditions to apply for those seeking such care.
Veterans applying must have “[a] diagnosed medical condition they believe to be a direct result of their participation in a U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing program.”
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