Atomic Veterans®: Bikini Atoll and Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands
Atomic Veterans® Cancer Benefit Program
This government compensation program is intended to provide $75,000 for each claimant* who was among the military personnel physically present at certain U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing locations during the relevant time periods and acquired a covered cancer.
* Spouses, children, and grandchildren are considered eligible survivors and may make a claim on behalf of a deceased family member who otherwise meets the criteria for the Atomic Veterans® cancer compensation program.
The Atomic Veterans® program seeks to compensate veterans who participated in atmospheric nuclear testing conducted in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific between 1946 and 1958 at:
- Bikini Atoll
- Enewetak Atoll
In addition, veterans may have an Atomic Veterans® cancer-compensation claim if they were present within 6 months of certain nuclear test operations on Christmas Island and Johnston Island in the Pacific, at the Nevada Test Site just north of Las Vegas, or in the South Atlantic, including:
- Operation Crossroads (1946)
- Operation Sandstone (1948)
- Operation Buster-Jangle (1951)
- Operation Greenhouse (1951)
- Operation Ranger (1951)
- Operation Ivy (1952)
- Operation Tumbler-Snapper (1952)
- Operation Upshot-Knothole (1953)
- Operation Castle (1954)
- Operation Teapot (1955)
- Operation Wigwam (1955)
- Operation Redwing (1956)
- Operation Plumbob (1957)
- Operation Argus (1958)
- Operation Hardtack 1 (1958)
- Operation Hardtack 2 (1958)
- Operation Dominic 1 (1962)
- Operation Dominic 2 (1962)
- Operation Plowshare (1962)
Do You Qualify as an Atomic Veteran?
You may qualify for $75,000 in government-sponsored compensation if both of these are true:
- You or a family member have had internal cancer or leukemia within the last 65 years (even if the family member is deceased) – or if you get a covered cancer in the future.
– and –
- You or a family member participated in an atmospheric nuclear test or were physically present at an island nuclear test site such as Bikini Atoll or Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific between 1946 and 1958 and have developed a covered cancer. This program also includes other nuclear test sites in the Pacific, Nevada, and New Mexico test sites.
In addition to having worked at certain locations where atmospheric nuclear testing was conducted, claimants must also have been subsequently diagnosed with one of the following:
- Bile Duct Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer (male or female)
- Colon Cancer
- Esophagus Cancer
- Gallbladder Cancer
- Leukemias (except for chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
- Liver Cancer (unless evidence of cirrhosis or hepatitis B)
- Lung Cancer
- Lymphomas (except for Hodgkin's disease)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Nasal Pharynx Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pancreas Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Salivary Gland Cancer
- Small Intestine Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
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.
Note: This is not a class-action lawsuit, but rather a group of government programs. The programs have been approved and the compensation made available by the United States Congress.
If you believe you or a loved one were exposed to government-created radiation due to nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll or Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and were subsequently diagnosed with cancer or related illness, call the National Cancer Benefits Center today at (800) 414-4328 or use our request for more information form.