Nearly 70, 000 veterans from 1922 to 1975 are a part of a class action lawsuit against the Army for biological and chemical secret experiments conducted on them without their knowledge.
While recruitment for the tests was done on a volunteer basis, details were withheld from the participants.
If the veterans win the lawsuit, the Army will have to disclose what was done to them and pay for any medical costs associated with the side effects from the experiments.
One subject, Bill Blazinski, has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which he thinks may have been caused by the military tests.
“There would be a guaranteed three-day pass every weekend unless you had a test,” he told NPR. “There would be no kitchen police duties, no guard duties. And it sounded like a pretty good duty.”
Experiments ended in 1975 after the Army’s chief of medical research appeared before Congress.
He admitted at the time that he did not have the funding to monitor the health of test subjects after the experiments ended.