Finding "A": For at least 50 years, DOD
(Department of Defense) has knowingly exposed military personnel to potentially dangerous
substances, often in secret.
Finding "B": DOD has repeatedly failed
to comply with required ethical standards when using human subjects
in military research during war or threat of war.
Finding "C": DOD incorrectly claims that
since their goal was treatment, the use of investigational drugs in
the Persian Gulf War was not research.
Finding "D": DOD used investigational
drugs in the Persian Gulf War in ways that were not effective.
Finding "E": DOD did not know whether
pyridostigmine bromide would be safe for use by U.S. troops in the
Persian Gulf War.
Finding "F": When U.S. troops were sent
to the Persian Gulf in 1994, DOD still did not have proof that
pyridostigmine bromide was safe for use as an antidote enhancer.
Finding "G": Pyridostigmine may be more
dangerous in combination with pesticides or other exposures.
Finding "H": The safety of the botulism
vaccine was not established prior to the Persian Gulf War and
Finding "I": Records of anthrax vaccine
are not suitable to evaluate safety.
Finding "J": Army regulations exempt
informed consent for volunteers in some types of military studies.
Finding "K": DOD and DVA
(Department of Veterans Affairs) have repeatedly
failed to provide information and medical follow-up to those who
participate in military research or are ordered to take
Finding "L": The federal government has
failed to support scientific studies that provide information about
reproductive problems experienced by veterans who were intentionally
exposed to potentially dangerous substances.
Finding "M": The federal government has
also failed to support scientific studies that provide timely
information for compensation decisions regarding military personnel
who were harmed by various exposures.
Finding "N": Participation in military
research is rarely included in military medical records, making it
impossible to support a veteran's claim for service-connected
disabilities from military research.
Finding "O": DOD has demonstrated a
pattern of misrepresenting the danger of various military exposures
that continues today.