New format designed to ease process of receiving information

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GALLUP — A community resource organization that focuses on former nuclear weapons and uranium workers will have town hall meetings in Farmington and Shiprock this week.

Cold War Patriots is a national community resource and advocacy organization for worker benefits and compensation. It is a division of Professional Case Management.

The format for the meetings is new this year with Cold War Patriots making it easier for workers to receive information about the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), a press release from the organization states.

There will be two information sessions on both days.

The morning session starts at 10 a.m. and will be customized for individuals who already applied for RECA or EEOICPA benefits or recipients of white medical benefit cards from the U.S. Department of Labor or individuals who have claims pending.

The release states the session will teach participants how to file for medical expense reimbursements, how impairment ratings can result in more compensation, the importance of adding conditions to claims, and information about in-home care.

The 2 p.m. session is for workers who have not applied for benefits or for those who were denied claims.

Topics for the session include qualifications for compensation and health care, the process for applying for benefits, the types of benefits and how to reopen denied claims, according to the release.

There is no new information for uranium miners who worked after 1971, the release states.

The first town hall meeting is Tuesday at the Courtyard by Marriott, 560 Scott Ave. in Farmington.

On Wednesday, the town hall meeting will be at the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock.

For more information, contact Cold War Patriots at 888-903-8989 or visit coldwarpatriots.org.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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