Target: U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald
Goal: Identify and compensate thousands of World War II (WWII) veterans used in U.S. military experiments with mustard gas.
During WWII, the U.S. army and navy conducted secret experiments at over 12 locations, subjecting approximately 60,000 U.S. service members to toxic mustard gas exposure. Since these experiments came to light in the early 1990s, the Veterans Affairs (VA) office has promised to locate veterans exposed to the most toxic experiments and compensate them. The VA’s efforts have proved lackluster, however, as thousands of these veterans have not been located nor compensated. It is time for the VA to take more diligent action and ensure that these military veterans are given their reparations that are long overdue.
Mustard gas is a toxic chemical agent, and exposure to it can lead to serious long-term health complications, including skin cancer, leukemia, and chronic breathing problems. The troops who took part in these secret experiments conducted by the military had no idea that they would be purposefully exposed to such a toxic chemical. Not only did these men unknowingly become test subjects in experiments that would prove both physically and emotionally traumatic, but they were then forced into silence about these tests with the threat of dishonorable discharge and time spent in military prison.
The treatment of these troops during WWII was secretive and manipulative enough, leaving many of them with chronic health problems. Yet today, these veterans continue to be treated unjustly as the VA office refuses to take more diligent action to find and compensate them so that they can have access to the healthcare they need. Please sign the below petition to show your support for these long-silenced veterans, and demand that the VA find and compensate as many of them as possible.
Dear Mr. McDonald,
I am writing to ask that the Veterans Affairs office please make every effort to find and compensate the thousands of WWII troops who were exposed to mustard gas during secret U.S. military experiments. It has been known since the early 1990s that U.S. troops unknowingly took part in tests that exposed them to mustard gas, a toxic chemical agent. Exposure to this chemical agent has wreaked havoc on the health of thousands of these men, and yet the Veterans Affairs office has not given them any compensation or support, despite promising to bring them justice once the secret experiments were exposed. This situation is inhuman, and these veterans deserve justice and reparations.
The long-term effects of being test subjects in these experiments have been both physical and mental for many of these veterans. Many have struggled with health complications, such as skin cancer, leukemia, and chronic breathing problems. Others are subject to panic attacks when they find themselves in a locked room, as it reminds them of being locked in chambers that were slowly filling with mustard gas. These veterans were unaware of what they were going to be exposed to during these tests, and then they were coerced into silence with the threat of dishonorable discharge and time in military prison. Everything about these experiments was cruel and unjust, and it is time that these veterans are given justice.
The use of troops in these experiments was a terrible way to treat those who were serving our country. It is unacceptable that thousands of veterans are living with long-term complications caused by their own military’s inhumane experiments. Please do the right thing and ensure that your office makes diligent and focused efforts to find and compensate these brave veterans.
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