Appendix C
Material Concerning Outreach Survey

April 2005

IDENTIFYING PROJECT SHAD PARTICIPANTS FOR THE IOM HEALTH STUDY

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, non-governmental organization, is under contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study the current health of participants in the 19 Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) tests and compare their health with that of a comparable group of non-participant veterans. SHAD was a series of tests conducted by the Department of Defense (DoD) in the 1960s to investigate the effectiveness of shipboard detection of and protection procedures against chemical and biological warfare agents, including sarin, VX and organisms that cause tularemia and Q fever. Live chemical and biological agents were used, as well as simulants such as zinc cadmium sulfide and bacillus globigii (BG)—which, at the time, were thought to be harmless. The IOM study is intended to shed light on whether participation in Project SHAD tests is statistically associated with current health problems.

The IOM study staff is asking any veteran who thinks he or she was involved in Project SHAD testing to contact them. You may fill out the form below and mail it to Project SHAD Study, Institute of Medicine (Keck 776), 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Responses must be received by August 31, 2005.

The information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to validate your participation in Project SHAD and establish a current address at which you can be reached and offered an opportunity to be included in the study if your Project SHAD participation can be validated. You may specifically direct that the information NOT be shared with the Department of Defense as part of the validation process by checking “no” in item 10 on the form.



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Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) Appendix C Material Concerning Outreach Survey April 2005 IDENTIFYING PROJECT SHAD PARTICIPANTS FOR THE IOM HEALTH STUDY The Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, non-governmental organization, is under contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study the current health of participants in the 19 Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) tests and compare their health with that of a comparable group of non-participant veterans. SHAD was a series of tests conducted by the Department of Defense (DoD) in the 1960s to investigate the effectiveness of shipboard detection of and protection procedures against chemical and biological warfare agents, including sarin, VX and organisms that cause tularemia and Q fever. Live chemical and biological agents were used, as well as simulants such as zinc cadmium sulfide and bacillus globigii (BG)—which, at the time, were thought to be harmless. The IOM study is intended to shed light on whether participation in Project SHAD tests is statistically associated with current health problems. The IOM study staff is asking any veteran who thinks he or she was involved in Project SHAD testing to contact them. You may fill out the form below and mail it to Project SHAD Study, Institute of Medicine (Keck 776), 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Responses must be received by August 31, 2005. The information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to validate your participation in Project SHAD and establish a current address at which you can be reached and offered an opportunity to be included in the study if your Project SHAD participation can be validated. You may specifically direct that the information NOT be shared with the Department of Defense as part of the validation process by checking “no” in item 10 on the form.

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Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) If you have already received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs concerning Project SHAD participation you do not need to fill out the form and will automatically be offered an opportunity to be included in the IOM study. Although the Project SHAD tests were originally classified, DoD has declassified information about the tests and made it publicly available. The IOM study staff has received a list of Project SHAD participants from DoD and is attempting to find any additional unidentified Project SHAD participants. Units known to have incomplete participant rosters include the crews of Army tugs, the Project SHAD Technical Staff, and several unidentified Air Force and Marine aviation units. Further details on the study may be found on the study’s website (http://www.iom.edu/project.asp?id=4909), and you may call the IOM study staff on their toll-free number, 1-800-556-9896. Further details regarding Project SHAD may be found on DoD’s DeploymentLINK website at: http://www.deploymentlink.osd.mil/current_issues/shad/shad_intro.shtml, or the Department of Veterans Affairs website: http://www1.va.gov/shad/.

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Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) Questionnaire for Project SHAD participants

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Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) SAMPLE LETTER 26 April 2005 Mr. James E. Sursely Disabled American Veterans 3725 Alexandria Pike Cold Springs, KY 41076 Dear Veteran Service Organization Representative: I am writing this letter to inform you of our ongoing study of the health of participants in Project SHAD (shipboard hazard and defense) and to enlist your aid in identifying Project SHAD participants. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, non-governmental organization, is under contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study the current health of participants in the 19 Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) tests and compare their health with that of a comparable group of non-participant veterans. SHAD was a series of tests conducted by the Department of Defense (DoD) in the 1960s to investigate the effectiveness of shipboard detection of and protection procedures against chemical and biological warfare agents, including sarin, VX and organisms that cause tularemia and Q fever. Live chemical and biological agents were used, as well as simulants such as zinc cadmium sulfide and bacillus globigii (BG)—which, at the time, were thought to be harmless. The IOM study is intended to shed light on whether participation in Project SHAD tests is statistically associated with current health problems. Enclosed is a letter explaining in more detail the study as well as a form for potential Project SHAD participants to fill out and mail to us. Please note that there is no charge for participating in the study. You may distribute the enclosed letter to your members as you think appropriate. If you have any questions about the study or our outreach letter, please contact me by email (wpage@nas.edu or toll-free telephone number 1-800-556-9896). Thank you for your attention to this matter. Sincerely, William F. Page, Ph.D. Study Director

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Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES Mr. William A. Boettcher AMVETS 4647 Forbes Boulevard Lanham, MD 20706-4380 Mr. James E. Sursely Disabled American Veterans 3725 Alexandria Pike Cold Springs, KY 41076 Mr. George R. Kaye Fleet Reserve Association 125 N. West Street Alexandria, VA 20024-2410 Ms. Helen F. Hicks Marine Corps League 8626 Lee Highway Suite 201 Fairfax, VA 22031 Mr. John Dorrity National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc. 2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 102-530 Arlington, VA 22301-3324 BG (Ret) Leslie E. Beavers Beavers National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs 1111 Louisville Road Frankfort, KY 40601 Mr. H. Gene Overstreet Non Commissioned Officers Association 10635 IH 35 North San Antonio, TX 78233 Mr. Randy L. Pleva, Sr. Paralyzed Veterans of America 801 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 Military Officers Association of America 201 N. Washington Street Alexandria, VA 22314

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