Congress passes bill to give veterans exposed to mustard gas another shot at benefits

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A Missouri veteran and others who were exposed to mustard gas and lewisite experimentation during World War II may finally be able to claim Veterans Affairs benefits.

A provision in the GI Bill expansion that passed through Congress on Wednesday night would revamp VA policy regarding benefits awarded for mustard gas exposure. The legislation now goes to the president.

Mustard gas experiments were conducted on U.S. servicemen and remained classified until 1975. The military lifted an oath of secrecy for servicemen in the 1990s.

The new policy would require the VA to reconsider all denied claims for alleged full-body exposure to mustard gas and lewisite brought by World War II veterans who were stationed at 22 locations,  Congress passes bill

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