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Provider Resources on Project 112/SHAD

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VA offers a range of health services, educational materials for health care providers and patients, and research studies that examine health effects of participation in Project 112/Project SHAD.

  • Diagnosis and treatment of health effects
    Chemical, Biological and Radiological Weapons, a Veterans Health Initiative independent study guide, provides clinicians an overview of issues facing Veteran patients who may have been exposed to chemical, biological and radiological weapons. It includes information on Project 112/SHAD.
  • Educational materials
    At VA’s request, the Department of Defense (DoD) developed fact sheets for each Project 112/SHAD test, which include information on the test dates, location, agent/stimulant used and whether DoD has provided VA the roster of personnel involved.
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  • Research on health effects of Project SHAD
    To date, there is no clear evidence of specific, long-term health problems associated with participation in Project SHAD. sponsored a follow-up to a study conducted by the Health and Medicine Division (formally known as the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense), expected to be available in 2015, which concluded that "within the limits of the data available to the committee, the results of the analyses provide no evidence that the health of SHAD veterans overall or those in exposure groups is significantly different from that of similar veterans who did not participate in these tests." Read the 2016 report, Assessing Health Outcomes Among Veterans of Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense).