Veterans who were subject to biological and chemical tests say health claims denied

Veterans who were unwittingly subjected to toxin tests during the Cold War at the Army's Deseret Test Center say they have been denied health claims.

The soldiers were unknowingly exposed to chemical and biological agents as part of test programs at the center, which included VX, sarin and E. Coli. The U.S. government has said that only a handful of soldiers developed long-term illnesses as a result.

Some of these so-called "toxic vets," however, have complained that claims filed due to suffering illnesses from the tests have been unfairly denied.

The Sale Lake Tribune reports that Dwight Bunn, a Deseret veteran suffering from restrictive lung disease, has had his claim for care and compensation for his condition denied by the Veterans Administration.

"I've been exposed to a hell of a lot of stuff," Bunn told the Salt Lake Tribune. "Can I say definitively what did this to me? No I can't. But I've never lied about it. The military - it conducted tests on humans and didn't acknowledge it. That's not right."

According to the newspaper, renewed efforts to locate veterans exposed to chemical and biological testing are expected to wrap up next year, a spokesman for the Military Health System has said.