1. Atomic Veteran Participants:
2. Atomic Veteran's Widow/Widower and Children:
3. The American Public: - also exposed to radioactive fallout from nuclear testing
4.The Atomic Veteran Pioneers:
This website supports and honors our past and present day US
Military Forces as they again step forward to protect this nation's
freedoms and lives.
Atomic Veterans have served this nation with pride and we ask all
Americans to support, appreciate and honor the service and sacrifices
of all American military men and women as they are again called
protect the freedoms of this nation. Let us remember that the end
of war does not mean an end to the costs of war. The ongoing cost
of war are sadly reflected in the many injuries and damaged lives of
veterans and their families.
America's recognition and appreciation, of the results of our soldier's sacrifices, is needed after combat as much as it was applauded during combat.
Included on this site are sources of information for veterans
and their survivors regarding the promised benefits these veterans
deserve by virtue of their service to our nation.
This web-site was set-up originally to search for fellow (Paul
Group) 509 Bomb Wing nuclear test participants of "IVY". See:
Information I'm Looking For: and My Father's Story:
It then evolved into a "help" site to assist those people, who because of secrecy, know little about the veteran's participation and the resultant medical consequences. Hopefully this site can also assist in the reconstruction of those lost years.
Site Information Includes:
Nuclear Test Chart:
series and test names, dates and locations of US Atmospheric
Nuclear tests in the Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) and Nevada Test Site
(NTS) from 1945 til 1963's cessation of above-ground nuclear testing.
Count of DOD Participants for
Each Test Series:
UK-British Nuclear Test Chart:
list series and test names, dates and locations of joint US-UK
Atmospheric Nuclear tests at the Australian Islands of Monte Bello,
Christmas, Alpha, Malden and the test sites at Emue, and Maralinga,
from 1945 til 1963.
Historical DNA Nuclear Test
"United States Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Test Personnel Review" --
"Prepared by the Defense Nuclear Agency for the Department of Defense."
Lists report numbers and how to get copies.
for doing a search for records and additional information, what
personal information to include on a request for records and comments
regarding DNA Nuclear Test Reports.
Since the government has failed to collect or publish
morbidity data on
exposed veterans, this is presently our best way of establishing data
legislative and scientific verification. You need not join or be a
member of NAAV to register a veteran test participant, (deceased or
with radiation related medical problems. Since the existing data base
not established until 1992 it is imperative that prior deaths related
ionizing radiation exposure be recorded for statistical purposes.
Atomic Veteran Certificate
designed by NAAV specifically for the Atomic Veteran. This certificate
is designed to include the complete story of the veteran's nuclear test
participation and may be requested by veterans or survivors.
Radiation Induced Noncancerous Medical Conditions:
A newsrelease (dated Oct.1999),
reveals new evidence which indicates that radiation exposure also leads
to serious noncancerous medical health problems. The Life Span Study
(LSS-E85) report, from the Radiation Exposure Research Foundation
(RERF) describes a small but statistically significant association
between radiation dose and deaths in the atomic bomb survivors of
Hiroshima/Nagasaki. The foundation scientists found an increase in the
incidence of cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease and
stroke, as well as pneumonia, noncancer blood disease and chronic liver
President Clinton to
announce the results of a new commission report:
The report is expected to reveal an increased incidence of 22 radiogenic diseases found in nuclear plant workers.
U. S. Veterans Court of Appeals Website
Check out the latest legislative activities on behalf of the Atomic Veteran.
DAV Message From Mr. Violante - National Legislative Director.
(June) DAV has added a legislative advocacy feature to their web page ... The site allows you to send a prepared E-Mail message concerning the current Veteran issues which are presently before Congress, by simply entering your zip code ... "We begin to see action from our elected officials only when we show them that we are aware of the issues facing Veterans today and that we are holding them accountable for their decisions." You may find this at http://www.dav.org.
Many of the problems and struggles that the Atomic Veterans and survivors have with the VA can only be brought to light by your input to your representatives. Your voice is needed to bring about necessary changes.
Atomic Veterans are asked to forward to the DAV, your name, address, phone number and information regarding exposure to ionizing radiation. They also wish to hear of any successful claim results and any problems with claims. Forward information to: Disabled American Veterans
DAV National Service and Legislative Headquarters
National Service Director
807 Maine Avenue,
SW Washington, DC 20024
Att: Keith D. Wolf
Information is used as supporting evidence for
on behalf of the Atomic Veteran.
Searching for San
Francisco Naval Shipyard Workers (former Naval Radiological
Defense Laboratory). San Francisco Weekly news reporter is seeking
workers for a story regarding the decontamination of ships used at
Bikini ... [let's say Pacific Proving Grounds].
Proclamation by Tony Knowles, Governor of Alaska, for the
designation of July 16 as a "National Day of Remembrance", forwarded by
Terry Brady, NAAV Alaska Commander.
"National Day of
Remembrance" - Request to Congress to sponsor a "National Day
Letter from Terry Brady, NAAV, Alaska Commander:
The following request was received from Terry T. Brady, Alaska Commander NAAV
From Pat Broudy, Former NAAV Legislative Advisor:
WARNING -- DO NOT FALL FOR THIS ONE:
Brookhaven National Laboratory has been awarded funds
to do urine analysis
to detect Plutonium 239 in Atomic Veterans. You may be told that a
analysis can detect Plutonium 239 even if internal deposition took
36 to 53 years ago. Supposedly, if Plutonium is not detected, then you
not exposed. Don't believe it and don't submit to such a trap by giving
samples. William Brady, Scientific Advisor for NAAV states that, "When
239 oxide from bombs or any other insoluble radioactive nuclide is
into the lungs it stays there or migrates to the lymph nodes where it
cancer of the lungs or lymph nodes and other diseases. Only very small
of these nuclides are coughed up and swallowed and are then excreted in
Amounts in urine are nil and cannot be detected, so don't let the
or its contractor sucker you into this trap."
Nasopharyngeal Radium Therapy:
If you were in the Navy or Air Force during the 40s or 50s you may have received nasopharyngeal treatments for Aerotitis Media (swollen throat tissue which causes hearing loss) caused by rapid pressure changes in the middle ear. An estimated 8,000 to 20,000 service members were treated until about 1960.
A radium tipped rod was inserted into the nose and left there for several minutes. Each series was repeated every two or three weeks.
Several published studies indicate an increased risk of head and neck cancers. Veterans who recall treatments should inform their doctors and those who believe they have health problems should contact the nearest VA.
Public Law 105-368 authorizes examinations and
treatment of head and neck
cancers for veterans already enrolled in VA health care. Documentation,
military records, may be required for all other veterans.
Attorney Representation for Readjudicated Claims:
A 1992 US District Court decision ruled the $10.00 fee limitation for Atomic Veterans to be "unconstitutional". This makes it possible for Atomic Veterans and survivors to hire attorney representation (without fee limits) for the appeal process of a radiation exposure claim. (info submitted by Andy Hawkinson) Pat Broudy, ( NAAV Legislative Advisor), notes that "According to recent information from the Federal Register, the VA is no longer paying attorney fees for representation before the Court of Veterans Appeals (COVA) or the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)".
Where to get records:
These addresses are in addition to those provided by the Veterans Service Representatives.
Get Radiation dosimetry and badge readings from
Very detailed info on what records to ask for and the procedure to use.
If you get a negative report it only means that they
have no record. Many
records have been destroyed and a great number of participants,
prior to 1955, were never badged, hence- no records. But some of the
"lost" in the '73 fire have been found.
Diseases related to ionizing radiation
a brief overview with claim requirements and 38CFR3.309 Link
a brief overview with claim requirements and 38CFR3.311 Link
Compensation - (DIC) a brief overview of survivor benefits
and claim requirements.
38CFR - Code
of Federal Regulations:
A direct link to the regulations used by the VA for the determination of Atomic Veteran claims. No need to search for them, just click.
Medical, Pension and Compensation Benefits Included
Exposure Compensation Program -- RECA:
Information regarding a $75,000 pay-off for
veterans and survivors of radiation exposure.
Addresses made to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee:
These addresses contain information regarding:
What's the problem?
of Ionizing Radiation:
of Nuclear Test Histories
A collection of various essays,
videos, newsclippings, reports (most non-government) and miscellaneous
nuclear test information.
of Test Participation
Addresses for VA record centers may be a starting point for record searches for patients of Human Radiation Experiments. Some military members and VA veteran patients were further subjected to radiation experimentation following their US Nuclear Test experiments.
Also see "DOE Achre Report; Chapter 10" listed among "Relevant Links".
Read Pre-August 2002 Commemorative Postings:
dedicated to the Atomic Veteran
Presidential Memorial Certificate:
A Presidential Memorial Certificate
(PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current
President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased
NOTE that this is not the same as the recently-established Cold War Recognition Certificate, which can be awarded to living veterans of the "Cold War" era, 1945 to 1991.
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provide "Must See" info not included on this site.
Government Records Sources and information:
Health Effects of Radiation:
Atomic Veteran Web sites:
Veteran News Sites:
Atomic Veteran Museums and History: