U.S. Army Chemical or Biological Research Program Participants
As many as 60,000 Service members volunteered for medical research for the U.S. biological and chemical programs between 1942 and 1975. You can get medical care through the U.S. Army if you volunteered for this research and have an injury or illness directly caused by your participation.
The purpose of this program is to provide medical care to eligible Veterans who have an injury or disease proximately caused by their participation in U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing, including the receipt of medications or vaccines under the U.S. Army investigational drug review.
To be eligible for medical care under this program, you must have:
• A DD Form 214 or War Department (WD) discharge/separation form(s) or functional equivalent.
• Served as a research subject in a U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing program, including the receipt of medications or vaccines under the U.S. Army investigational drug review.
• Have a diagnosed medical condition that you believe to be a direct result of your participation in U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing.
If you received a notification packet through the mail and you wish to apply for medical care under this program, submit your application packet to:
U.S. Army Public Health Center
ATTN: Benefits Application Panel
8252 Blackhawk Road
APG MD 21010-5403
Include in the application packet submission, the following documents:
• Application for Medical Care (MEDCOM Form 840).
• Copies of documents issued by the military reflecting your participation in U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing.
• Medical documentation to include a diagnosis for all medical conditions believed to be a direct result of your participation in U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing.
• The final Department of Veterans Affairs service connection decision on these medical conditions, if applicable.
If you have not received a notification packet, please contact the Army Medical Command Hotline at 1-800-984-8523 for assistance.
To allow the release of written information regarding your individual exposure(s) related to this program, please complete and sign the Department of Defense (DD) Form 2870 authorizing the U.S. Army Public Health Center to release information to you related to your test participation. Instructions for completing the form are included in the “Downloads” section of this page. Please return the signed DD Form 2870 to: US Army Public Health Center, ATTN: Benefits Application Panel, 8252 Blackhawk Road, Building 5158, Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland 21010-5403. Upon receiving your signed DD Form 2870, we will provide the exposure documentation found in our databases.
If you require assistance in completing the application form or have general questions, please contact the Army Medical Command Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-984-8523.
This is not a Department of Veteran Affairs program but rather a Department of Defense, however if a veteran is experiencing disabilities from these in-service research programs the veteran can be compensated.