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Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC)

The Director of the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation issues a 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), part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, issues the following statement regarding the October 30, 2017, National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers:

“As we celebrate and pay our respect to Nuclear Weapons Workers during the October 30th National Day of Remembrance, it is equally as important to note the contribution and sacrifice made by the families of nuclear weapons workers during the building of this country’s nuclear weapons program. While the development of the nuclear weapons program was a major contribution to the United States’ safety and security during critical times in our nation’s history, it should also be noted that the unsung heroes and their family members will never be forgotten. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was established to support individuals who worked in jobs that potentially exposed them to great risk while serving the needs of the country. Such sacrifices can never be fully measured. I encourage individuals who became ill due to their workplace exposure to apply for compensation under the EEOICPA. The compensation available under the EEOICPA may help lessen the burden some seriously ill workers and their families are now facing.”

To assist individuals regardless of where they live, the 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/.