Those involved in these tests may be reluctant to come forward for security reasons. What will the DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) do to ensure they know they may come forward?
December 04, 2006
Some veterans have told us they are concerned about possibly releasing classified information about these tests when discussing their health concerns. We have discussed these concerns with staff at the (VA) and advised them that veterans may provide details that affect their health with their health care provider. In turn, the VA included our response in their notification letter:
"You may provide details that affect your health to your health care provider. For example, you may discuss what you believe your exposure was at the time, reactions, treatment you sought or received, and the general location and time of the tests. On the other hand, you should not discuss anything that relates to operation information that might reveal chemical or biological warfare vulnerabilities or capabilities."
Veterans are welcome to contact our staff at (800) 497-6261 for confirmation that they will not violate security requirements by stating that they were involved in Deseret Test Center tests.