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Nuclear workers honored

An event was held Friday to show appreciation for the men and women who supported the nation’s nuclear efforts during World War II.

The day is set aside to honor the workers who proudly served their country from the Manhattan Project to present day.

Many of those workers from the Cold War era now suffer from medical problems related to their work. “I worked for 35 years at all of the plants, central facilities and all the plants for petroleum companies,” said veteran Bob Jones.

Fellow veteran Ben Hansen also suffers.

“Well I’ve had jaw cancer,”Hansen said. “I’ve had three melanomas on my face. I’ve had prostate cancer, who knows.”

Both men rely on Nuclear Care Partners to provide to them no cost in home health benefits.

Jane Williams, the administrative director of Nuclear Care Partners, says that this is an important practice.,

“So OSHA didn’t start till mid 70s so we have a huge generation of people who were working with harmful substances, chemicals, plutonium, things that went into the play of nuclear research,”

Nuclear Care Partners is now in 14 states.

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