From 1945 to 1962 there were more than 250 atmospheric ( and underwater ) tests of Nuclear ( and Thermo-nuclear ) weapons, in the Pacific Ocean and at the Nevads Test Site. More than 560,000 U.S. military personnel participated in these events, and were exposed to "ionizing" radiation particles, to some degree.
These military participants are recognised ( by Congress ) as "Atomic-Veterans." The many of these "Atomic-Veterans" were Officers and crewmembers of the USS Curtiss ( AV-4 ). Currently, there are only 195,000 surviving "Atomic-Vets" who may not know that their "oath-of-secrecy" related to their nuclear weapons testing duties has been lifted, thus allowing them to speak freely of their personal experiences related to any of these events. Additionally, they may be entitled to "service-connected" benefits for any illness that may have been caused by their exposure to atomic radiation particles while on active duty. There are also benefits available to spouses of deceased Atomic-Veterans. If you think you are an A-Vet, or if you have any questions related to eligibility potentials, the National Association of Atomic Veterans ( NAAV ) may be of assistance in getting you the proper information to file a claim with the Veterans Administration. We may be contacted at: www.naav.com
R. J. Ritter ( Korean War Veteran )
Managing Director & National Commander
Nat. Assoc. of Atomic Veterans, Inc.
Member: Veteran's Advisory Board on ( radiation ) Dose Reconstruction