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Warfare Agents

Exposure during military service to chemical and biological weapons listed below potentially could cause certain health problems in Veterans, depending on a number of other factors.

Soldier wearing gas maskChemical & Biological Weapons
Use of biological toxins or infectious agents in Gulf War with intent to kill or incapacitate

World War I soldier in trench wearing gasmaskMustard Gas
Military tests of mustard agents in the 1940s

Researcher filling test vials with blood samplesEdgewood/Aberdeen Experiments
Classified medical studies of low-dose chemical agents conducted from 1955-1975

Two servicemembers wearing gas masksNerve Agents
Toxic chemicals that attack the body’s nervous system

Aircraft carrierProject 112/Project SHAD
Military tests of chemical/biological warfare materials conducted in the 1960s to early 1970s

Herbicide storage tankHerbicide Tests and Storage
Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam, tested or stored elsewhere