During World War Two, the United States military experimented on thousands of American troops by testing mustard gas on them. As a result of the secret experiments, these veterans have been denied medical treatment and care.
One such veteran is Arla Harrell who suffers from skin cancer, respiratory trouble, and permanent scarring. But since he cannot definitely prove these conditions are the results of his exposure to mustard gas, he has been denied help from the VA.
Senator Claire McCaskill has taken on the cause of getting these veterans the benefits and help they deserve. Her proposed Arla Harrell Act would require the Department of Defense and the VA to establish a new policy for mustard agent claims and reconsider previously denied claims.
Secretary of the VA, David Shuklin, supports Senator McCaskill, stating: “There are cases that you do need to step up and just do the right thing to make exceptions, and this is one of those cases. She does need legislative support for this and she knows that we’re going to do this together.”