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U.S. Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation issues statement regarding the National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers

WASHINGTON – Rachel P. Leiton, Director of the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC), issues the following statement regarding the October 30, 2014, National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers:

“The National Day of Remembrance on October 30th gives all of us an opportunity to thank and honor the thousands of individuals who built our country’s nuclear defense program. Many of these individuals became seriously ill or died due to their exposure to radioactive and toxic substances. We owe them our thanks and gratitude for their dedication and sacrifice. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was established to provide financial compensation and medical benefits to those workers who became ill as result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. I encourage all workers, and their survivors, who may be entitled to benefits under the EEOICPA to file a claim.”

To assist individuals regardless of where they live, DEEOIC has established 11 stationary resource centers located nationwide that provide an initial point-of-contact for individuals interested in filing a claim under the EEOICPA. Resource center staff provide assistance both in-person and over the telephone. For a listing of each resource center or to obtain additional information about how to file a claim under the EEOICPA, call toll-free at (866) 888-3322 or visit DEEOIC’s website at: http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/.