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Radiation Compensation Expanded for Veterans

January 26, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of veterans exposed to cancer-causing radiation during atomic tests decades ago will be eligible for compensation under regulations adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The rules add five types of cancer--brain, bone, colon, lung and ovary--to the 16 presumed to be connected to radiation exposure during military service. "Atomic veterans" who meet the criteria will be eligible for monthly benefits ranging from $103 to $2,163, depending on their level of disability.

The new rules go into effect March 26.

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