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H.R. 4778 (113th Congress): Atomic Veterans Service Medal Act
This bill was introduced on May 30, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
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Comments From The Editor: Atomic Veterans were used as human guinea pigs to test nuclear weapons during the Cold War. They were exposed to harmful nuclear radiation and fallout from the detonation of nuclear bombs. Many Atomic Veterans suffered fatal diseases as the result of these tests. Studies have discovered that aproximately 20% of Atomic Veterans fathered children with birth defects. It's about time for our country to do right by these veterans and pass the Atomic Veterans Service Medal Act. Time is running out for Atomic Veterans, there are not many left, many have already died. Issuing the Atomic Veterans Service Medal to Atomic Veterans would mean so much to these Veterans and their families. Please help by calling your Representative or Senator about this important matter.
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Click Here To read the complete Atomic Veteran Service Medal Act in a PDF format.
The U. S. Department of Energy (DoE) in Las Vegas, Nevada has copies of the Film Badge Radiation Exposure History for persons who participated in nuclear tests, send for your film badge history today to obtain proof you were present at a nuclear test/tests.
U.S. Department of Energy
Request the Radiation Exposure Film Badge History form NV-192, you will also need the Privacy Act Form attached to it, be sure to send both to Bechtel NV. If the person exposed to radiation is deceased, surviving family members may file a claim, they will need to sign an "Affidavit of Surviving Relative Form." Download the forms from this web site below in a PDF format. Send the NV-192, the Privacy Act part and the Affidavit of Surviving Relative forms if the latter applies in your case.
YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR THE RADIATION EXPOSURE COMPENSATION PROGRAM. Persons who may be eligible are: Onsite Participant The Act specifies a payment of $75,000 --- Downwinder The Act specifies a payment of $50,000 --- Ore Transporter The Act specifies a payment of $100,000 --- Uranium Miner The Act specifies a payment of $100,000 --- Uranium Miller The Act specifies a payment of $100,000
The purpose of this web site is to provide information to Atomic Veterans and others who were exposed to harmful nuclear radiation. Links and addresses are provided within this page where persons can locate their military records or to order forms for filing claims. A list of presumptive Radiogenic diseases associated with radioactive exposure covered by Law is also provided.
Many Laws have been passed to aid Atomic Veterans and others who were exposed to radiation and have experienced adverse health problems because of exposure to radiation.
The U.S. Department of Justice funds the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and has millions of dollars to provide payment to persons who have become ill or died as the result of radiation exposure. All claimants must qualify for the RECA compensation.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATOMIC VETERANS
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)
Atomic Veterans, Onsite Participants and others may be eligible for compensation
The RECA Act specifies a payment of $75,000 to individuals who participated onsite in a test involving the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device, and later developed a specified compensable disease.
Persons who qualify are: Atomic Veteran, Onsite Participant, Downwinder, Uranium Mine Employee, Ore Transporter, Uranium Mill Employee.
NOTE: In the event the Atomic Veteran is deceased, family members may file a claim. There is no time limit after the death of an Atomic Veteran that would prevent family members to file.
The Forms for Compensation and the Guide Books, list all diseases covered by various laws, call the phone number below today and have the free packett sent to you. This is the Toll Free telephone number for the U.S. Department of Justice Nuclear Veterans Radiation Exposure Compensation Program, there is no charge for the forms. Call this number today, the phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
U. S. FALLOUT MAP
Areas of the continental United States crossed by more than one nuclear cloud during the atmospheric atomic tests.
The atomic blasts of the 1950s and 1960s illuminated the Southwestern deserts, shattering windows in Las Vegas, and hurled billowing clouds of radioactive dust. For many years these clouds drifted across America poisoning animals and people in Utah and searing the boot soles of troops on maneuvers just yards from ground zero.
U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION ST. LOUIS MISSOURI --- NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
This archival holding area contains useful records on radioactive fallout from United States nuclear testing. Subject files of the Army and Air Force are stored in this facility.
The St. Louis center holds Army Chemical Corps records on U.S. nuclear testing, including papers on development of radioactivity detecting equipment and names of individuals participating in U.S. nuclear testing. The records span the 1940s and 1950s.
CONTACT ADDRESS BELOW, TO OBTAIN COPIES OF YOUR RECORDS.
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
~ CALL TOLL FREE: 1-866-272-6272 OR FAX: 301-837-0483 ~
Click Here to download the printable SF-180 form in a PDF format to request your military records from the National Military Personnel Records Center In St. Louis, Missouri, the form also includes instructions and information on how to fill out the form.
Editor's Note: I wrote to the National Military Personnel Records Center asking them to check on my records, I received a reply that my service records were evidently among the records burned in the 1973 fire, so it may be a waste of time and effort to write this address.
Bechtel Nevada has copies of the film badge data of persons involved in nuclear testing at various test locations, the film badge data was not burned in the 1973 fire at the National Military Personnel Records Center.
With the information listed below you can obtain your film badge data in Las Vegas Nevada, then you can prove you were present at a nuclear test and exposed to radiation. Bechtel Nevada in Las Vegas has the radiation film badge data for Atomic Veterans who were present at the Pacific and Nevada atomic tests. Bechtel Nevada, is under contract with the Department of Energy and is the government's repository for the majority of dosimetry records related to U.S. nuclear testing. Request Bechtel Nevada to send you the information that pertains to you.
Request the "Radiation Exposure History" and The "Privacy Act Form NV-192." After you receive the forms, fill them out and return them to Bechtel Nevada. Be sure to also request all the information they have listed about you, especially the Form For Recording Film Badge Issue And Processing Results and also the Form For Recording Film Badge Issue And Processing Results --Equipment. Make sure you tell them which atomic test you were in, your military unit or organization and the date you were exposed to radiation.
When you receive this information, then you can prove you were in the nuclear tests. Wait to send in the forms for compensation to the U.S. Department of Justice, until you have the information from Las Vegas.
MERCURY, NEVADA - THE U. S. ATOMIC TEST FACILITY70 miles Northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
If you or a family member were exposed to radiation during the atmospheric nuclear tests programs, you may wish to call and request the CLAIM FORMS and GUIDE BOOKS from The United States Department of Justice, you may qualify for radiation compensation.
In 1988, Congress established a presumption of service connection for 13 different cancers in veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. Later changes brought the number to 16. Under provisions of the Radiation-Exposed Veterans Compensation Act (Pub. L. 100-321), veterans are presumed to be service connected if they participated in a radiation-risk activity and later developed one of the following diseases: leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia), cancer of the thyroid, breast, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts, salivary gland, or urinary tract, multiple myeloma, lymphomas (except Hodgkin's disease), primary cancer of the liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated), or bronchiolo-aveolar carcinoma, many more diseases have been added recently.
The GUIDE BOOKS list all diseases covered by various laws, call the phone number below today and have the free packett sent to you. This is the Toll Free telephone number for the U.S. Department of Justice Nuclear Veterans Radiation Exposure Compensation Program:
The U.S. Department of Justice is required by law to protect your Civil Rights, The DoJ also is required to process and fund the Nuclear Veterans Radiation Exposure Compensation Program. If you or a loved one has been exposed to harmful radiation contact the DoJ, their phone number is listed below.
NOTE: Victims of nuclear testing can download the forms for compensation online. Persons who qualify are: Atomic Veteran, `Onsite Participant, Downwinder, Uranium Mine Employee, Ore Transporter, Uranium Mill Employee.
Check Out These Informative Links:
CLICK THIS LINK To view the page listing the names of soldiers of Company "A" 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment who were present at the 1951 Nevada atomic tests. If you know where any of these men are now, contact the Editor of this Web Site, Thanks.
CLICK THIS LINK To read about my experience at the Nevada Test Site.
CLICK THIS LINK To read the story about Atomic Veteran Thomas J. Roth, "The Soldier in the Sketch".
CLICK THIS LINK To read about The Atomic Birdcage we guarded at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The First Battalion of 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment was selected to be the first guards of this secret atomic facility in the early 1950s. This page also displays rare images of the Birdcage bunkers.
CLICK THIS LINK To read a Radiation Compensation Act Update.
CLICK THIS LINK To the Utah Division of State History Page -- About the 1950s nuclear testing in Nevada and “The Utah Downwinders.”
CLICK THIS LINK To read Radiation Death and Deception. This is a State of Utah Web Site. The page describes what the "downwind" people of Utah were subjected to and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) cover-up during atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site.
CLICK THIS LINK To the home page of the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. When in Las Vegas be sure to visit the Museum and view the exhibits.
CLICK THIS LINK To check out a list of publications you may wish to read pertaining to atomic bomb testing in the 1950s and 1960s.
JOIN NAAV TODAY The National Association of Atomic Veterans. Who is an Atomic Veteran? Atomic Veterans were and are members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in atmospheric and underwater nuclear weapons tests from 16 July, 1945 to 30 October 1962.
KILLING OUR OWN The Disaster of America's Experience with Atomic Radiation
CLICK THIS LINK To download claims forms for compensation online from the Department of Justice Web Site.
CLICK THIS LINK To read June 2005 press release and information from the Defense Nuclear Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for Atomic Veterans.
CLICK THIS LINK VA’s Ionizing Radiation Registry Free Health Exam alerts Veterans to possible long term health problems concerning radiation exposed Veterans during "The Cold War."
CLICK HERE Department Of Veterans Affairs -- Diseases Associated with Ionizing Radiation Exposure --- Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for any disease that VA recognizes as related to radiation exposure during service. Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who died as the result of diseases related to radiation exposure during service may be eligible for survivors' benefits.
Editor: John DeBusk firstname.lastname@example.org
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