SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says the U.S. military must continue to alert veterans exposed to chemical and biological weapons experiments of any new information that may affect their health and provide them ongoing medical care.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Defense on behalf of thousands of veterans. The veterans accuse the government of failing to properly treat health problems caused by the experiments.
A lower court judge also said the veterans were entitled to ongoing medical care, but declined to force the U.S. Army to provide it on the grounds that care was available through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The 9th Circuit rejected that argument.
The Department of Defense did not immediately comment.