Cold War Patriots (CWP) is a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits. Founded in 2008, CWP is a division of Professional Case Management (PCM), which provides specialized in-home healthcare services to nuclear weapons and uranium workers. CWP is celebrating 10 years of helping Rocky Flats and Coors Porcelain workers receive the recognition, compensation and health benefits they have earned through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
CWP hosts events each year to help Rocky Flats and Coors Porcelain workers connect the dots between their years of service in the nation’s nuclear weapons industry and their current health conditions. “So many of these special veterans have suffered work-related illnesses and should be compensated for their service, but the sad fact is many people aren’t even aware of the incredible benefits available to them” says Tim Lerew, CWP Chairperson. “Our outreach meetings and events bridge that gap, connecting workers with advocates who can help them understand the financial and medical benefits they’ve earned and guide them through these often-complex government programs.”
In April, for example, CWP hosted a free Community Resource Fair in Arvada, where Rocky Flats and Coors Porcelain workers were able to seek out information, products and services from over 20 local businesses and organizations. Exhibitors included the U.S. Department of Labor Ombudsman, National Jewish Health, Steel Workers Active Retirees, to name a few.
One of the special vendors was the Rocky Flats Museum. Housed at the Arvada Center, the museum tells the story of the history of Rocky Flats and of the men and women who created the deterrent to the nuclear threat of the Soviet Union. Through thousands of artifacts, documents and photographs, the museum helps educate today’s youth – many of whom do not fully understand the significance of the time period – about the Cold War. The museum is currently raising funds to help establish a permanent display and to continue outreach programs. Donations can be sent to:
Rocky Flats Cold War Museum
P.O. Box 746648
Arvada, CO 80006
The museum will also take donations of material items to add to the their collection, and can be contacted at 720-287-1717.
For Rocky Flats and Coors Porcelain workers who missed the April Community Resource Fair, CWP is hosting free Town Hall Meetings later this summer in Arvada and Longmont. With a new format this year, CWP is making it easier for workers to get the specific information they need about the EEOICPA at these meetings. The morning sessions are customized for people who have already applied for EEOICPA benefits and have either been awarded a U.S. Department of Labor white medical benefits card or have a pending claim. The afternoon sessions are tailored to workers who haven’t yet applied for their benefits or those who have applied but whose claims have been denied.
Cold War Patriots hosts these events for free on behalf of its members. Visit www.coldwarpatriots.org or call 888-903-8989 for more information on the dates and times for these events.