"In the case of
Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD), DoD has been less than forthcoming with
the names, locations, tests conducted, and exposures that SHAD veterans
faced during the 1960’s," said Rick Weidman, VVA's Director of Government
Relations. "It’s unfortunate that Congress must become involved in order to
get the truth about experimental exposures conducted by the Pentagon."
Thompson (CA) and Senator Bill Nelson (FL) have introduced legislation that
would prevent DoD from monopolizing veteran exposure data. The bills
recently introduced, S. 2704 and HR. 5060 Veterans Right-To-Know Act of
2002, will establish an oversight mechanism that will protect
veterans from being used as test subjects without their knowledge. VVA
supports both bills.
SHAD is part of a much larger testing
initiative, known as Project 112. Veterans demand full disclosure from DoD
on all Project 112 tests and prompt medical attention for SHAD veterans from
the VA. To restore integrity to the process of investigating and treating
veteran’s medical conditions, VVA has called for the creation of a National
Institute of Veterans Health (NIVH) within National Institute of Health (NIH).
Locating the NIVH within NIH would ensure
that the medical resources of the federal government and private sector
could be accessed in a veteran-friendly environment, free of the influences
that preclude effective research into the environmental and occupational
hazards that have impacted veterans’ health.
VVA national president
Thomas H. Corey noted, “Atomic
veterans, Vietnam War veterans, SHAD veterans, Gulf War veterans, and
today’s Enduring Freedom veterans deserve the truth. Anything less is
unacceptable. VVA’s position is to
seek the truth about these tests and allow the veterans who were exposed to
be notified and provided with appropriate treatment and care.”
VVA would also like to thank Congressman Jerry Moran (KS),
chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, and Senator Max
Cleland (GA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee,
for agreeing to hold congressional hearings on SHAD.
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