Friday, October 5, 2012

Veterans win right to proceed with suit

About 100,000 military veterans who were exposed to chemicals during decades of secret weapons experiments by the armed services and the CIA have won the right to proceed with a class-action suit that seeks to learn what substances they were given and to obtain any medical care they need.
The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco in 2009, contends the veterans' rights were violated by a system under which the government has denied 97 to 99 percent of their claims for disability and death benefits.
"The Department of Defense has taken the position that none of these people have had health effects, that there are no long-term health effects associated even with such things as mustard gas," said the veterans' lead attorney, Gordon Erspamer.

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