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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


Soldier with munitions laid out to be destroyedChemical Warfare Agents (OIF)
Exposure to mustard or nerve agents from demolishing or handling explosive ordinance in Iraq


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