Ever since physicist Enrico Fermi discovered the potential of nuclear fission in 1934, scientists and supporters have worked diligently to understand and harness the power. Illustrating the muscle and potential of this new technology, the United States carried out its first test of a nuclear bomb in the New Mexico desert in July of 1945.
Many dedicated men and women since then have worked effortlessly to exploit this power in defense of the United States. Like any new discover, we learn as we grow. Now, 70 years later, our nuclear program has produced many scientific advances thanks to the persistence of a generation of physicists, chemists, miners, bus drivers, welders, engineers, construction workers, and many other employees and subcontractors of the Department of Energy.
Unfortunately, that growth spurt came at a high price for some. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) which was designed to compensate individuals who worked in nuclear weapons production and as a result of occupational exposures contracted certain illnesses.
Executive Order 13179 explains: “Since World War II, hundreds of thousands of men and women have served their Nation in building its nuclear defense. In the course of their work, they overcame previously unimagined scientific and technical challenges. Thousands of these courageous Americans, however, paid a high price for their service, developing disabling or fatal illnesses as a result of exposure to beryllium, ionizing radiation, and other hazards unique to nuclear weapons production and testing. Too often, these workers were neither adequately protected from, nor informed of, the occupational hazards to which they were exposed.”
“Taking care of these American Patriots is a rare honor,” said Jenni Kenley, of Nuclear Care Partners. “I hear hundreds of stories from people who served our country by working at these facilities all across America. Their patriotism, passion, and pride in their work are inspiring.”
As an approved provider under not only the EEOICPA, but also the RECA, FECA, and DCMWC programs, NCP works exclusively with former DOE workers who have been diagnosed with work related illnesses and consequently qualify for no cost in-home medical benefits. Their nurses and staff are there helping them get the free screenings they are entitled to, supporting them as they file their claim for the free medical benefits and once approved, coordinating as providing care to keep them as healthy as possible while remaining in the comfort of their home.
If you are a former Department of Energy employee, contractor or subcontractor and would like more information about these programs, please call Nuclear Care Partners at 888-525.5111.