Uranium, nuclear workers invited to learn about government compensation and healthcare benefits

Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource advocacy group that helps nuclear weapons and uranium workers and their families “get the recognition, compensation and healthcare they have earned,” will host a free town hall meeting on June 1 in Moab for uranium and nuclear workers. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West.

At the event, uranium and nuclear workers, former workers and survivors of workers who have died will learn about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). The program is administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) and offers monetary compensation and healthcare benefits to workers who participated in the nuclear weapons program from 1942 until the present day and became sick because of radiation exposure.

According to Tim Lerew, CWP chairperson, information will be available for people who have never applied for benefits, those who have applied but were denied, people whose application is pending and those who have already received a U.S. Department of Labor white medical benefits card but want to learn more about the benefits available to them, including in-home care.

Lerew said a recent annual report to Congress from the ombudsman for the EEOICPA indicated that one of the biggest issues former workers face is a lack of knowledge about the program.

“This special group has suffered work-related illnesses and should be compensated for their service, but the sad fact is many people aren’t even aware of the incredible benefits available to them,” Lerew said in a news release. “Our outreach meetings bridge that gap, and we invite nuclear or uranium workers to come to the presentation, ask questions, and meet with our advocates who can help them understand the financial and medical benefits they’ve earned and guide them through these often-complex government programs.”

Cold War Patriots is part of Professional Case Management, which provides specialized in-home healthcare services to nuclear weapons and uranium workers. CWP is a community resource and advocacy group and the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice to advocate for worker benefits. CWP works at no charge on behalf of its more than 40,000 members to connect those former nuclear weapons and uranium workers with benefits. For additional information, visit: www.coldwarpatriots.org or call 888-903-8989.