2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: 3 Nov 2007 08:32:01 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Canadian atomic veterans
Veterans exposed to radiation scoff at proposed settlement

David Pugliese
CanWest News Service
November 2, 2007

OTTAWA - Veterans exposed to radiation during atomic weapons tests as well as at accidents at Ontario's Chalk River nuclear plant in the 1950s will be each offered up to $24,000 in compensation by the Conservative government.

But the former soldiers say that paltry amount comes no where close to making amends for the medical problems they have faced over the decades.

The veterans, some now dealing with cancer and other ailments, have been fighting for more than 20 years to get the government to acknowledge they were exposed to radiation during atomic blasts and at two major accidents at Chalk River, Ont.

Privately, defence officials say the $20,000 to $24,000 lump sum payments are in line with the compensation offered to veterans exposed to mustard gas and other chemicals during tests in the Second World War as well as those who were exposed to Agent Orange at military bases in Canada.


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