Mustard gas is a common term that may refer to two forms of mustard agents: sulphur mustard (Yperite) or nitrogen mustard. Lewisite, an organic compound containing arsenic, is another mustard agent. The VA may grant service connection for certain diseases or disabilities as the result of full-body exposure to mustard gas or Lewisite during military service.
Disabilities or diseases for which service connection may be granted by presumption due to mustard gas or Lewisite exposure are listed below.
The VA will request and review pertinent service records for chemical exposure.
Full-body testing of mustard gas or Lewisite is presumed to have taken place at the following locations in the 1940's.
|Bari, Italy||Hart's Island, New York|
|Bushnell, Florida||Horn Island Installation, Mississippi|
|Charleston, South Carolina||Huntsville Arsenal, Alabama|
|Camp Crowder, Missouri||Naval Research Laboratory, Virginia|
|Camp Lejeune, North Carolina||Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.|
|Camp Sibert, Alabama||Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland|
|Dugway Proving Ground, Utah||Ondal, India|
|Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland||Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado|
|Ft. Detrick, Maryland||San Jose Island, Panama Canal Zone|
|Ft. McClellan, Alabama||Toole Army Depot, Utah|
|Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Ill.||USS Eagle Boat No. 58|
Some American Servicemembers may have participated in Allied mustard agent testing in Porton Down, England, or Finschhafen, New Guinea.
Service-connection may be granted by presumption for disabilities which are due to mustard gas or Lewisite exposure. To qualify, Veterans must have had full body exposure, during active military service. Conditions considered presumptive for exposure to mustard gas or Lewisite are:
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.
For questions related to disability compensation benefits as a result of mustard gas exposure, send an email to MUSTARDGAS@VBA.VA.GOV.
The U.S. Army is now providing medical care to Veterans who served as volunteers for research involving chemical and biological testing between 1942 and 1975, and who have an injury or disease proximately caused by their participation in this testing. As many as 60,000 Veterans volunteered for medical research in order to contribute to the advancement of the U.S. Biological and Chemical Programs. The Army will assist Veterans in obtaining medical care through military treatment facilities. Eligible Veterans are encouraged to visit the U.S. Army web page at https://armymedicine.health.mil/CBTP for more information, or call 1-800-984-8523, if they have any questions or need assistance.