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Documents Regarding Cold War Drug Experiments Released by VA

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Soldiers receive a number of inoculations during service, but a class action lawsuit filed by the Vietnam Veterans of America as well as individual veterans claims the drugs used on servicemembers were part of drug testing rather than preventative measures.

Documents related to drug testing on soldiers during the Cold War era have been ordered released. A judge has deemed many of the requested documents relevant to the claim that the VA did not inform veterans of the potential health risks associated with the chemicals to which they had been exposed.  

The lawsuit claims drug testing by the Army and CIA was conducted on more than 7,800 soldiers. Up to 400 types of medications and chemicals are claimed to have been used, including LSD, mustard gas, amphetamines, mescaline, nerve agents, and barbiturates. In one project, ‘Project Paperclip’, the Army and CIA allegedly partnered with Nazi scientists to develop a truth serum using psychochemicals tested on veterans.

Government documentation of medical procedures performed on soldiers, as well as potential exposures to toxic chemicals are often necessary for veterans who file claims for veterans’ disability benefits. In cases such as these where documents may be classified or restricted, a veterans’ disability representative may be necessary to determine the best course of action.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.