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Info for persons affected by atmospheric nuclear testing

When the atmospheric nuclear testing ended in 1963, no medical follow-up was ever conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission or Department of Defense. There was never any government-sponsored medical surveillance of its "atomic test subjects," nor any attempt on the part of the government to contact those who participated in the atomic tests and alert them to the fact their health was potentially at risk.

U. S. MILITARY PERSONNEL CAN OBTAIN PROOF OF PARTICIPATION

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.

Requests for Radiation Exposure Histories can be made by completing the form NV-192

U.S. Department of Energy
Bechtel Nevada
Attn: Dosimetry Research Project, M/S CF401
P.O. Box 98521
Las Vegas, NV 89193-8521
Phone: (702) 295-3521 Fax: (702) 295-1624

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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW PAGE TO DOWNLOAD THESE FORMS

Also, this important -- download the RECA forms for filing your claim on the page link above.


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.

    Follow these three simple steps.

    NOTE: DO NOT FILE YOUR CLAIM WITH THE VA

  1. Contact the U. S. Department of Justice and request the forms for compensation, they service the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. If you file with the Veterans Administration you will be filing with the wrong Agency.
    Free call to obtain claim forms from DoJ: Ph: 1-800-729-7327

  2. Contact the U. S. Department of Energy (Bechtel Nevada) in Las Vegas, Nevada and request your Radiation Exposure Film Badge History so you can prove you were in the nuclear tests, the names of all nuclear test participants are kept on file at Bechtel Nevada.

    Request the Radiation Exposure Film Badge History form NV-192, you will also need the Privacy Act Form, request both forms. When you receive the forms from Las Vegas, fill them out completely and return them to the DoE Las Vegas address, you should receive your Radiation Exposure Film Badge History in a few weeks.

    Phone and Fax for Bechtel Nevada -- Ph: (702) 295-1628 -- Fax: (702) 295-1624

    Note: You may be disappointed when you finally receive your film badge history (guesstimate), it will be very low, usually about .05 REM (Radiation Equivalent in Man) - standardized unit for measuring the biological damage caused by different types of radiation. Low film badge history data sent from Las Vegas is to discourage victims of nuclear testing from filing their claim.

    The good news is that your name will appear on the form showing you were indeed present at a nuclear test or tests.

  3. After you receive the forms from the DoJ and from Las Vegas, fill out and submit all forms to the U. S. Department of Justice. It would also be helpful to have your Doctor or Attorney attach an affidavit stating that it's their opinion the health problem of the person affected was caused by radiation exposure at a U. S. nuclear test site.

    This web site furnishes all the information you need to file a claim with the DoJ but it's up to you to follow through, we can't do it for you, if you need more help, have your attorney or a veterans organization assist you with your claim.

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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.

TO OBTAIN CLAIM FORMS CALL: 1-800-729-7327

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.
Call this Number: 1-800-729-7327

U. S. FALLOUT MAP

Map from Richard Miller's excellent book "Under The Cloud"
U. S. Fallout MapAreas 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.


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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.

Archivist
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.


HOW TO LOCATE YOUR FILM BADGE RECORDS IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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.

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To learn more about the 1973 fire that destroyed our military service records at the National Military Personnel Records Center, you can Click This Link to read the fire story. When the page comes up type on the search line, "The 1973 fire that destroyed records". All of the film badge records for nuclear test participants are kept in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

U.S. Department of Energy
Attn: Dosimetry Research Project, M/S CF401
Bechtel Nevada
P.O. Box 98521
Las Vegas, NV 89193-8521
Phone: (702) 295-1628 Fax: (702) 295-1624

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.

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO PERSONS AFFECTED BY NUCLEAR RADIATION:

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.

Click Here To View The Radiation Exposed Veterans Compensation Act - Public Law 100-321 ~~~ May 20, 1988

Presumptive Diseases
Radiogenic diseases listed below qualify for disability compensation. They include these cancers:

  • leukemia (except chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • multiple myeloma
  • lymphomas (except Hodgkin's disease)
  • liver (unless cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)
  • thyroid
  • breast
  • esophagus
  • stomach
  • pancreas
  • pharynx
  • small intestine
  • bile ducts
  • gall bladder
  • urinary tract
  • salivary gland

Veterans exposed to radiation during their military service and diagnosed with cancer of the bone, brain, colon, lung, or ovary will have an easier time applying for and receiving compensation for their illnesses if proposed changes to VA regulations are approved.

Former VA Acting Secretary Hershel W. Gober proposed adding these cancers to the list of illnesses presumed to be connected to the military service of "Atomic Veterans," thereby lessening their burden of proof when seeking compensation. Contact the U.S. Department of Justice listed below for more information or to order the Claims Forms.

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.

DIAL THIS PHONE NUMBER TO OBTAIN FORMS: 1-800-729-7327

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 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.

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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.

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The First Battalion of the 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky was the first military unit to be sent to the Navada Atomic Test facility in late 1951. There would be 883 personnel involved in the testing of seven atomic bombs and would be the world's first "atomic warfare maneuver." Code Name for this series of atomic tests was named "Operation Buster Jangle." CLICK TO VIEW ATOMIC PHOTO PAGE

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