From 1962 to 1974, the Department of Defense's Deseret Test Center in Fort Douglas, Utah planned and conducted a series of biological and chemical warfare vulnerability tests. These tests are known as Project 112 and Project SHAD and consisted of both land-based and sea-based tests at different locations.
Approximately 6,000 U.S. Servicemembers were involved in conducting chemical tests to defend against biological and chemical weapons threats. Most were involved in Project SHAD. If you are a Veteran who participated in Project 112/SHAD, you are eligible for VA health care at no cost for any illness possibly related to the testing. VA provides priority enrollment for health care to Veterans who have disabilities that VA has determined are service-related.
You may be eligible for VA disability compensation and health care benefits for health problems associated with exposure to Project 112/SHAD during your military service. Veterans' claims are decided on a case-by-case basis.
For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.
Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who died from health problems related to participation in Project 112/SHAD may be eligible for health care, compensation, education, and home loan benefits. Find out if you qualify for survivors' benefits.