Benefits Available to Radiation Exposed Vets
The November issue of AARP Bulletin (which should be in your mailbox soon, if you
or a family member is a subscriber) shares important information on a search conducted by the National Association of Atomic Veterans; they’re looking for the approximately 195,000 vets who were exposed to radiation from atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962.
These men and women could receive a one-time $75,000 benefit from the U.S. government under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990 or a monthly disability payment of up to $2,673 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Few veterans have applied for these benefits. Their widows and children are eligible too if their family member died before receiving a benefit.
For more information on how to obtain benefits and how to obtain your records, I located this site: Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute for further links.
Per the above site, the program description of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act states that:
“On October 5, 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (“RECA” or “the Act”), 42 U.S.C. § 2210 note, providing for compassionate payments to individuals who contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases as a result of their exposure to radiation released during above-ground nuclear weapons tests or as a result of their exposure to radiation during employment in underground uranium mines. The 1990 Act provided fixed payments in the following amounts: $50,000 to individuals residing or working “downwind” of The Nevada Test Site; $75,000 for workers participating in above-ground nuclear weapons tests; and $100,000 for uranium miners.”
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