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Cold War Patriots to host town hall meetings

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Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host free town hall meetings for nuclear weapons and uranium workers in New Mexico Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. each day.

With a new format this year, CWP is making it easier for workers to get the specific information they need about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

The morning sessions, starting at 10 a.m. will be customized for people who have already applied for EEOICPA benefits and have either been awarded a U.S. Department of Labor white medical benefits card or have a pending claim.

The 2 p.m. afternoon sessions are for workers who haven’t yet applied for their benefits or those who have applied but whose claims have been denied. There is no new information for post 1971 uranium miners at this time. The afternoon session participants will learn:

• If they qualify for up to $400,000 in monetary compensation and free healthcare

• How to apply for benefits

• What benefits are included

• How to reopen denied claims

Anyone who worked at Sandia, LANL, was a uranium miner or worked at any other nuclear weapons facility is invited to attend a presentation. Resources will be on hand to help workers understand the financial and medical benefits available to them – including home healthcare – and to guide them through the process of proving the connection between their workplace exposure and their illness.

The meeting dates and locations will be offered at the times listed. Refreshments will be offered.

Tuesday: Holiday Inn Express, Discovery Room, 60 Entrada Drive, Los Alamos.

Wednesday: Santa Claran Hotel Casino, Mountain View Room, 460 N Riverside Drive, Española.

Thursday: Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque, Roxy Room, 2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.