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U.S. Department of Labor issues statement regarding the National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers

WASHINGTON — Rachel P. Leiton, Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC), issued the following statement regarding the October 30, 2012, National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers.

“All nuclear weapons program workers and their families made great sacrifices to build our country’s nuclear defense program. This day is an opportunity to honor and thank them for all their hard work and dedication. It is the Department’s hope that the monetary compensation offered through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) will help ease some of the financial hardships faced by those individuals who have become ill due to their service. I continue to encourage all individuals who may be entitled to EEOICPA benefits to contact one of our 11 resource centers located nationwide and file a claim.”

To assist individuals regardless of where they live, DEEOIC has 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 both in-person and telephone-based assistance. 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 the DEEOIC website at http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy.