After hallucinating their own freckles moving and giant rabbits during tests, some military vets a generation after their service are now suing to find out just what was used on them.
In a series of tests performs from just after World War I through 1975, attorneys for the men contend the military trialed experimental chemical and biological warfare agents and antidotes on servicemen and now is stonewalling on exactly what was used as detailed in an NPR report.
With their service complete, veterans with unexplained health problems are second guessing their role as testers when they were younger.
“There would be a guaranteed three-day pass every weekend unless you had a test,” says veteran Bill Blazinski who has chronic lymphocytic leukemia. “There would be no kitchen police duties, no guard duties. And it sounded like a pretty good duty.”
A Freedom of Information Act request in 2006 found that Blazinski was exposed to contradictory agents.
“It showed an experimental antidote for nerve agent poisoning with known side effects, and another drug designed to reverse the effects of the first.”
A 2012 suit filed in federal court contended that at least 7,800 solders were subjected to chemical testing at Edgewood Arsenal alone, in which as many as 400 compounds and agents were administered, identified only under code names.
Ordered in June by by a federal appeals court to release the information to the veterans, the Army is seeking a rehearing.