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Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Meetings For Sandia, LANL And Uranium Workers, Sept. 25-28

on September 14, 2017 - 8:10am
CWP News:
 
DENVER, CO  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 free town hall meetings for former and current Sandia, LANL and uranium workers in Espanola, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Sept. 25-28. Refreshments will be served. 
 
Espanola Event                                  
 
10 a.m. or 2 p.m. 
Monday, Sept. 25                                
Santa Claran Hotel Casino                   
Mountain View Room                         
460 N. Riverside Dr.                            
Espanola, NM 
 
Los Alamos Event
 
10 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Holiday Inn Express
Discovery Room
60 Entrada Dr.                         
Los Alamos, NM
 
Santa Fe Event                                                           
 
10 a.m. or 2 p.m.   
Wednesday, Sept. 27                                                                                                   
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza              
100 Sandoval St.                                  
Santa Fe, NM  
 
Albuquerque Event
 
10 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque 
2600 Louisiana Blvd.               
Albuquerque, NM
 
At the event, former and current nuclear weapons workers and survivors of workers who have passed away 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. DOL white medical benefits card but want to learn more about the benefits available to them, including in-home care. 
 
Lerew says 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” says Lerew. “Our outreach meetings bridge that gap, and we invite anyone who worked at Sandia Labs, Los Alamos National Laboratory or in the uranium industry 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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