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Veterans Eligible for EEOICPA Compensation
November 10, 2017
Veterans, VSOs, Veterans Organizations, and veterans advocates may not be aware of a little known compensation available to thousands of veterans. Compensation amounts range from $50,000 - $250,000. Veterans who built and supported nuclear weapons during the Cold War era are entitled to tens of thousands of unclaimed federal dollars.
Starting in 1942, the U.S. Government started to build nuclear weapons in over 355 facilities around the country. Unfortunately, thousands of those workers were exposed to harmful radiation.
The good news is that, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA), veterans or their survivors could qualify for $50,000 to $250,000 in benefits.
Furthermore, tens of thousands of veterans worked for individual contractors and don’t believe they had very many benefits. Again, the good news is that veterans didn’t understand they may have been department of energy employees all along, which makes them eligible for Government benefits.
Jason Bougere with the Department of Justice said millions more dollars sit unclaimed by Cold War military veterans who may not know they should apply for both EEOICPA and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
“Especially veterans who might have participated in atmospheric nuclear test — from the Trinity tests of 1945 through the end of 1962," Bougere said.
That area includes the Nevada Testing Sights and the Pacific Proving Grounds.
Jason Bougere said there are some veterans who may not have been properly recorded and documented as workers, but may have certificates or recollection of events that could be corroborated and confirmed for eligibility.
Currently, Congress has placed no eligibility deadline date on filing for EEOICPA, but filing for benefits under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act ends in 2022.
For additional assistance visit a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) or Veterans Organization near you today.
Social Security Wounded Warriors Program
November 27, 2017
For those veterans who return home with debilitating injuries, Social Security is a great resource they can turn to for disability benefits and disability information about benefits they may be eligible to receive.
The Wounded Warriors website has answers to many commonly asked questions, and provides other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. Benefits available through Social Security are different from those available from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as it requires a separate application.
Click here for more about Social Security Wounded Warriors program.