World War II veteran Arla Harrell is believed to be the only Missourian still living after being forced to participate in mustard gas experiments as a young enlisted man. Sen. Claire McCaskill is working to gain Harrell and other veterans benefits for their government-imposed suffering.
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Finally, albeit to late for many veterans some justice.
- Arla Harrell joined the Army at age 18, largely to support his younger siblings.
- The Army made him part of a mustard gas experiment
- The Army swore him to secrecy for 50 years.
- While suffering from pulmonary problems, skin cancer and other ailments, Arla honored his word.
- He kept the secret.