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Town Hall meetings planned for IAAP workers

Jul 28, 2017


Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource advocacy group that helps nuclear weapons and uranium workers and their families receive the recognition, compensation and health care they have earned, will host free town hall meetings next week in Mt. Pleasant and Burlington for IAAP workers. Refreshments will be served.

The meeting in Mt. Pleasant will be Wednesday, Aug. 2, at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 1200 E. Baker St. The meeting in Burlington will be Tuesday, Aug. 1, at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 1780 Stonegate Center Dr., Burlington.

At the meeting, former nuclear weapons and uranium workers and survivors of deceased workers 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 U.S. Department of Labor and offers monetary compensation and health-care benefits to workers who participated in the nuclear weapons program from 1942 until the present day and became sick due to 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 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 the ombudsman for the EEOICPA indicated that one of the biggest issues former workers have 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,” said Lerew. “Our outreach meetings bridge that gap, and we invite anyone who worked at IAAP 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.”

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