Recently, we have had several people contact our office looking for information about how to file a claim under the Radiation Exposed Veterans Compensation Act. We have contacted the Veterans Administration in order to better understand the process for filing a claim. It is our understanding that there is not a specific REVCA claim form available for you to fill out. Rather, the best way to file a claim is to call the Veterans Administration Radiation Help Line at (800) 827-1000. From there, a representative will take your claim over the phone and mail you a package of documents for filing the claim.
Veterans who seek such payment and health-care must file a claim with the VA alleging that they have an ailment and that it is service-connected. The VA will then assess the claim by examining the individual and his or her medical and military record.
In order to get the necessary military records for filing a claim under REVCA, RECA, or the EEOICPA, you can request files from the U.S. Department of Energy by writing to the following address or contacting them by telephone:
U.S. Department of Energy
Attn: Dosimetry Research Project, M/S CF401
P.O. Box 98521
Las Vegas, NV 89193-8521
Phone: (702) 295-3521
Fax: (702) 295-1624
When you write and/or call the above number, request the “Radiation Exposure History” and The “Privacy Act Form NV-192.” After you receive the forms, fill them out and return them to Bechtel Nevada. In addition, be sure to request all the information they have listed about you, especially the Form For Recording Film Badge Issue And Processing Results, as well as the Form For Recording Film Badge Issue And Processing Results–Equipment. Make sure to tell them which atomic test you were in, your military unit or organization and the date you were exposed to radiation.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or comments about this program.
I was recently asked which counties are covered under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) for downwinder claims. I found this list on the Department of Justice RECA website:
Downwind, Counties and other: in the State of Utah, the counties of Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, Washington, and Wayne; in the State of Nevada, the counties of Eureka, Lander, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine, and that portion of Clark County that consists of townships 13 through 16 at ranges 63 through 71; and in the State of Arizona, the counties of Apache, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, Yavapai, and that part of Arizona that is north of the Grand Canyon.
See http://www.justice.gov/civil/common/reca.html (last accessed November 20, 2011).