Did the U.S. Military really care about the research Judy Vary was doing?
Judyth has said that the military was interested in the research that she did in high school.
Here is a letter supporting that claim written to her by the head of radio biology at WRAIR in 1960.
So who was this Dr. David P. Jacobus and why was he studying radiation injuries?  
  Here is a reference to his studies of preventing radiation injury to monkeys from 1964.  
This will help you understand her discussions of CHUR (Committee for the Human Use of Radioisotopes) at University of Florida a few years later.