Compensation for Veterans Affected by Nuclear Testing at Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll and Enewetak Atoll, a necklace of coral islands in the Marshall Islands, was subjected to repeated nuclear testing campaigns by the U.S. government from 1946-1958. Since then, Congress has funded a program to compensate veterans (and their families) $75,000 who participated in these atmospheric nuclear tests who subsequently acquired a covered cancer as a result of exposure to radiation.
If you are among those veterans or are a family member of one, we can help you.
The History of Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll is a region with a lot of history. Traditionally, the people of Bikini Atoll were boat builders, fishers, and skilled navigators. They have strong familial bonds, and their leadership was in the form of kings and queens for each lagoon.
The people of Bikini Atoll hold fast to their land, flora, and fauna, which makes it all the more tragic that the nuclear tests performed in the 1940s and 1950s drove the people from the site of their heritage. While many families were allowed to return in 1970, scientists later discovered that the water posed a danger to the locals, and since 1977, only scientists and caretakers have inhabited the islands.
In addition to the locals, many members of the US Armed Forces were present for the nuclear testing. Unfortunately, these veterans face an increased risk of cancer and other health concerns related to the testing. The government has since implemented programs to compensate these veterans and their families, and our goal is to help such people gain access to these resources.
The Culture of Bikini Atoll
Despite its small size, the cultural impact of Bikini Atoll has spread worldwide. In fact, the popular bikini swimsuit actually takes its name from Bikini Atoll - not the other way around! Bikini Atoll contains many hallmarks of island culture, including coconuts, volcanoes, and gorgeous beaches.
The rich vegetation and healthy geography may have been damaged by the nuclear testing, but in the decades since, around 65% of the biodiversity has been reclaimed, and people will continue to work hard until the island is once again inhabitable.
Providing Compensation to Americans Who Have Been Subjected to Government-Created Radiation
We understand how difficult it can be to comply with all of the government’s rules and regulations to complete the claims process. Our team can guide you through the claims process and help you get the financial compensation you’re entitled to. Eligible survivors such as spouses, children, or grandchildren, may make a claim on behalf of a deceased family member who otherwise meets the criteria for the Atomic Veterans® compensation program.
Atomic Veterans® Cancer Benefits Program
This program offers $75,000 for each claimant* who was among military personnel physically present at certain U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing locations during the relevant time periods and subsequently developed a covered cancer caused by the exposure.
* Spouses, children, and grandchildren are considered eligible survivors and may make a claim on behalf of a deceased claimant.
Do You Qualify?
Were you (or your family member) physically present at an island nuclear test site such as Bikini Atoll/Island or Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific between 1946 and 1958, or within 6 months after the test? This program also includes other nuclear test sites in the Pacific, Nevada, and New Mexico test sites.
Possible eligible claimants include individuals from many Native American tribes; people who lived downwind from the Nevada test site (Downwinders®); Atomic Veterans®; on-site participants, both civilians and military personnel (Nevada Test Site Workers); uranium industry miners, millers, and transporters (Uranium Workers); and NuclearWeaponsWorkers.info. For more, visit CancerBenefits.net and CancerBenefits.com.
"I would not have known about this program had it not been for you. So thank you and I appreciate the special consideration upon completion of the claim. Thank you again you are doing a real service." ~ Doris, Albuquerque, New Mexico