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Project SHAD (short for Shipboard Hazard and Defense), part of a larger defense effort called Project 112, was a series of biological and chemical warship tests carried out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, near San Diego, on Baker Island, the Marshall Islands, in and around Hawaii, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland.

If you’re a veteran (or the survivor of a veteran) who was part of this testing, which took place from 1962 to 1974, you may be at risk for an illness caused by Project SHAD. Thankfully, disability benefits and payments may be available to you.

To apply, click here.

Once you apply, you may track the status of your disability claim (and see if/when you’ll be receiving compensation and/or care) by going here.

For more information on this specific case and for a link to get declassified documents via the Department of Defense that detail more on the ships, sites and units involved in the project, click here.