Project 112/SHAD

If you were part of chemical and biological warfare testing for Projects 112 or Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) from 1962 to 1974, you may be at risk for illnesses believed to be caused by the testing. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?

You may be able to get disability benefits if:

  • You were part of Projects 112 or SHAD testing from 1962 to 1974, and
  • You have an illness believed to be caused by the testing

Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified survivors

What kind of disability benefits can I get?

  • Health care
  • Compensation (payments)

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. You can call the VA Special Issues Helpline at 800-749-8387. Or apply now for disability benefits. Apply for benefits.

If you were part of Projects 112 or SHAD from 1962 to 1974 and want to know more about a certain test site, ship, or unit, see the declassified Department of Defense fact sheets. Get declassified Department of Defense fact sheets.

If you have a question about the tests, including whether you may have been part of them—or if you have any information that can help show you were part of them—contact the Department of Defense at 800-497-6261.