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07-12-02, 05:14 AM
Veterans and "Radiation-Risk Studies

Beginning March 26, 2002, veterans who participated in
"radiation-risk activities" while in the military and have been
diagnosed with cancer of the bone, brain, colon, lung and ovary
will have an easier time establishing their eligibility to receive
government aid. In 1988 Congress established a presumption of
service connection for 13 cancers, including cancer of the thyroid,
breast, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas,
gall bladder, bile ducts, salivary gland, and urinary tract in
veterans exposed to “ionizing radiation.” Congress later
expanded that list to 16.

In addition, VA announced that radiation-risk activities has been
expanded to include veterans assigned to Amchitka Island, Alaska,
before Jan, 1, 1974, who performed duties related to underground
nuclear testing and service at three gaseous diffusion plants:
Paducah, Kentucky; Portsmouth, Ohio; and K25 in Oak Ridge,
Tennessee. Previously, illneses associated with radiation
exposure was limited to service members who participated in the
occupation of Hiroshima or Nagasaki; those who were onsite at
atmospheric nuclear weapons tests; and American POWs
interred in Japan during World War II.
To get VA claims registration, contact a Service Representative
nearest your home or email me direct at cmdrdon@bellsouth.net.