GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Many residents on the western slope built their lives as uranium miners during a time when radiation poisoning was a mystery, causing these workers to pay hefty a toll on their well-being.
On Thursday, Nuclear Care Partners of Grand Junction held an open house to help former atomic workers to offer the help they need.
Nuclear Care Partners consider these workers to be unsung heroes during the Cold War when uranium mining was at an all-time high.
This open house is designed to help these workers understand the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act, while also having the chance to meet others going through the same struggles as they are.
"Back in 2000, Bill Clinton signed the EEOICPA Act which enables former workers, if they have a disease relating back to their work history, they can get monetary compensation and a health-card", says John Kelley the Community Outreach Manager for Nuclear Care Partners of Grand Junction.
Many of the workers developed these debilitating illnesses working in nuclear test sites in Colorado, such as the AEC Compound and Uravan.