Community Meetings Will Discuss Free Medical Benefits


Cold War Patriots, a national non-profit that assists current and former nuclear defense or uranium workers, will host free information seminars for current and former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (“A-Plant”) employees and their family members. Many of these workers have become ill due to their occupational exposure to radiation or other toxic substances. The meetings will describe monetary compensation and free medical benefits offered through the U.S. Department of Labor.

The local meetings will take place on:

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, at the Scioto County Welcome Center, located at 342 Second Street, in Portsmouth.

The informational seminars are part of a nationwide tour of over 90 community meetings hosted by Cold War Patriots. The tour is a broad effort by Cold War Patriots to provide information and resources for current and former nuclear weapons or uranium workers across the United States.

Background

More than 700,000 men and women have worked in the nuclear weapons and uranium sector since 1942, beginning with the initiation of the Manhattan Project, through the end of the Cold War, and continuing up to the present day. Many of these workers are now sick as a result of their exposure to radioactive materials and other toxic substances. It is estimated that there are 110,000 known sick workers. 1

Employees of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant may be eligible to apply for payments of up to $400,000 through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Other program benefits include access to no-cost medical care, prescriptions, in-home nursing, personal assistance and more.

Cold War Patriots helps affected workers and their families understand the federal benefits that may be available to them, and provides information on how to apply for those benefits. Cold War Patriots

Advisory Board Chairperson Tim Lerew is committed to helping individuals gain access to the benefits offered by EEOICPA. “Nuclear and uranium workers across the nation are eligible for programs which provide compensation and cover health care costs for conditions and illnesses incurred as a result of their employment at one or more facilities,” said Lerew. “This meeting will cover how to apply and understand the myriad of benefits individuals can receive.”

The community seminar will feature Lerew, along with Frank Gerlach, a local advocate, and impairment doctors, Dr. Rheanel Tolar. Attendees will receive important information and resources, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Those who have already received benefits are encouraged to attend to find out if they are eligible for additional impairment rating screenings, and other health care benefits.

Cold War Patriots (CWP) is a non-profit organization with over 35,000 members nationwide. The mission of CWP is to connect members with information and resources to navigate complex government programs, advocate for former worker rights and connect members with health services and other community resources. Membership in Cold War Patriots is free. For those unable to attend one of the community seminars, Cold War Patriots offers free telephone assistance by calling 888-903-8989, or visiting www.coldwarpatriots.org for more information.

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