Presentations set for uranium and nuclear workers

A group that helps uranium miners and nuclear workers will host free town hall meetings to offer information about federal programs offering benefits to them.

Cold War Patriots has scheduled sessions for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 31 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive, in Grand Junction. A meeting also is set for 10 a.m. June 1 at the Grand Center, 182 N. 500 West in Moab, Utah.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and Radiation Exposure Compensation Act offer monetary compensation and health care benefits to workers involved in nuclear weapons programs who became sick because of radiation exposure.

Tim Lerew, chairman of Cold War Patriots, said workers have suffered illnesses and should be compensated for their services, but many aren’t aware of available benefits. “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,” Lerew said.

Cold War Patriots is a part of Professional Case Management, which provides health care services to uranium and nuclear workers. For more information, call (888) 903-8989 or visit www.coldwarpatriots.org.