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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Pentagon conducted a series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests involving military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s. Veterans groups and members of Congress are demanding to know exactly what happened -- and who has suffered. The tests, known as Project 112 and SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) involved some 6,000 military personnel between 1962 and 1974, the Vietnam War era. Most served in the Navy and Army. The purpose was to identify any weaknesses to U.S. ships and troops and develop a response plan for a chemical attack. The tests involved nerve agents like Sarin and Vx, and bacteria such as E. Coli. Sarin and Vx are both lethal. According to DOD documents, death can occur within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to a fatal dose of Vx. After exposure to a sufficient amount of Sarin, symptoms include, "difficulty breathing, dimness of vision, confusion, drowsiness, coma, and death."

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"Veterans were exposed to some of the most extreme and hazardous agents ... and they now suffer from debilitating health care conditions," said Ken Wiseman, senior vice commander of the Virginia branch of The Veterans of Foreign Wars, one of the nation's largest veterans groups, at a press conference outside the Capitol Wednesday. They want to know more about the extent to which service personnel were exposed.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-07-16 02:03 AM | Reply

They had also tested radiation from the nuke bomb on the troops in the past.

join the military and be a medical Guinea pig for the pentagon.

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-07-16 02:26 AM | Reply

My dad was in the Navy during Vietnam. He enlisted after graduating high school in 1961 and I think he was discharged in 1966. Makes me wonder.

Dad had been diagnosed with mesothelioma a few years back and he passed away Jan 21 2016. It was listed as the cause of death on his death certificate. Dad had never received any compensation for being exposed to the asbestos that caused the mesothelioma. After he died and was buried my sister opened a claim with the appropriate office and set up a series of interviews. I got to sit in on the second and last interview where we were told that because there wasn't a tissue sample available, his wife/children wouldn't receive any benefits.

Conclusion: a man fights in a war for his country and is exposed to something that eventually caused his death and the government doesn't really care.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-07-16 07:20 AM | Reply

LHT-

Maybe if you approached your dad's case from a different angle you'd get somewhere. If your dad's service record shows he spent even one day in-country on land or on inland waterways in Vietnam, the VA will consider him to have been exposed to Agent Orange. I'm not sure about the dates though, don't remember when they started using the stuff.

Even so, in the mid-sixties Navy ships were full of asbestos and DoD knows it.

#4 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-07-16 08:42 AM | Reply

Ted,

The chemical exposure never worried me that much because dad didn't sho any symptoms leading us to go down that road. But you are absolutely correct, the ships were full of asbestos and dad was diagnosed with mesotheliom. So there's that.

#5 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-07-16 03:15 PM | Reply

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