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The VA's Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: VA, veterans, mustard gas experiments, broken promises, health consequences )

Judy
- 876 days ago - npr.org
In secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas. When those experiments were formally declassified in the 1990s, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs made two promises...



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Ben O (180)
Wednesday June 24, 2015, 5:01 am
Making promises might be the easiest thing to do,
but, when broken, what are they worth to you...?
 

pam w (139)
Thursday June 25, 2015, 9:38 am
At least it's not too late to help SOME of them!
 

Stardust Noel (38)
Thursday June 25, 2015, 1:13 pm
This administration also does not care about our veterans.
 

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 25, 2015, 1:54 pm
This is how the US military is treading their own soldiers. How can anybody be so blind and sign up to be a soldier is a mystery to me. The US military works together with the 1%, and they do not care about people. The only thing they care is money and power.
Sadly noted.
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday June 25, 2015, 2:49 pm
Thanks
 

Roslyn McBride (46)
Thursday June 25, 2015, 2:57 pm
Noted - this should never have happened.
 

Kay M (45)
Thursday June 25, 2015, 9:06 pm
Good Evening and thank you for this article - which I read and noted-----IT IS SO SAD HOW ALL OF OUR VETERANS FROM THE WAR ARE TREATED - THEY ASK THESE MEN AND WOMAN TO PLACE THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE - AND OUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING FOR THEM -WHEN THEY RETURN- SHAME ON ALL POLITICIANS WHO TURN THEIR BACKS ON VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES--- SINCERELY KAY M.
 

Winn Adams (177)
Friday June 26, 2015, 12:23 pm
Noted - I hope it's not too late to help some people.
 

Judy C (97)
Friday June 26, 2015, 1:13 pm
Yes, maybe a few can be helped. At least all this information is finally coming out so that those considering entering the military will know what they are really risking. This is a new low in a system where there is no respect for those who are putting their lives on the line and doing what they feel is the right thing.
 

Dandelion G (367)
Thursday July 16, 2015, 11:15 am
I had noted earlier but wanted to come back to this and read it.

In more than 20 years, the VA attempted to reach just 610 of the men, with a single letter sent in the mail. Brad Flohr, a VA senior adviser for benefits, says the agency couldn't find the rest, because military records of the experiments were incomplete.

"There was no identifying information," he says. "No Social Security numbers, no addresses, no ... way of identifying them. Although, we tried."

Yet in just two months, an NPR research librarian located more than 1,200 of them, using the VA's own list of test subjects and public records.

Guess they didn't look too hard. Seems they are waiting until most or all are dead. Many if they get the monies now most likely will hurt them rather than help them. Just a little extra money can throw someone out of low income housing or if in a Nursing Home, the facility will get to keep the money.

This is the way our Government treats its so called heroes. Heroes only to get the youth to sign on and brush the rest under the rug.
 
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