Project 112 Compensation
Project 112/SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) is the name of the program for both shipboard and land-based biological and chemical testing conducted by the U.S. military between 1962 – 1973.VA will provide physical examinations to veterans who participated in the testing. Veterans will receive medical care free of charge for conditions related to exposure.
Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation if they have a service-related disability and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.VA does not presume by regulation that any specific disabilities are related to participation in Project 112/SHAD. Veterans’ claims are decided on a case-by-case basis.
VA presumes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosed in all Veterans with 90 days or more continuous active military service is related to their service, although ALS is not related to Project 112/SHAD.Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who died from health problems related to participation in Project 112/SHAD may be eligible for health care, compensation, education, and home loan benefits.
Income Assistance Programs for Veterans
The five (5) following programs assists homeless veterans with monetary help:
1. Social Security – a monthly benefit program for people age 62 and over.
2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – a monthly benefit program for disabled people with little to no income.
3. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – a monthly benefit for people who are disabled.
4. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – a cash benefit and work opportunities program for needy families with children.
5. VA Compensation – A monthly benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease that developed or worsened in the line of duty.
Passports are available to family members free of charge for the purpose of visiting their loved one’s grave or memorialization site at the American military cemeteries on foreign soil.