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Nominal Rolls: Lessons Learned from Developing the “Mustard Gas List”

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This document explains the ‘Mustard Gas List’ (developed by Veterans Affairs Canada), what has resulted from its use and what can be learned from compiling this type of list.

Abstract

During 2002-9, the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Research Directorate developed a computerized list of Canadian military Veterans who had participated in chemical warfare testing during the 1940s-70s. This was called “the mustard gas list”, although other chemical warfare agents had been tested. The “mustard gas list” proved useful to the Department of National Defence when it administered the ex gratia payments, and to VAC when adjudicating claims for disability benefit compensation by Veterans. It was used by VAC proactively to reach Nominal Rolls: Lessons Learned from Developing the “Mustard Gas List” Page 5 out to Veterans and survivors who may have been eligible for the ex gratia payment or disability benefit entitlement but not aware of the programs. The list continues to be useful in adjudicating claims by Veterans and survivors for entitlement to VAC disability benefits.

Full Reference

Thompson, J., Gauthier, H., Poirier, A., Baglole, S. and Macintosh, S., 2010. Nominal Rolls: Lessons Learned from Developing the “Mustard Gas List”. Prince Edward Island: Veterans Affairs Canada.