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Veterans who Participated in Nuclear Tests Struggle with Health Problems, Compensation

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On Friday, President Obama is making a historic visit to Hiroshima, in part to pay respect to the victims of the nuclear bomb the U.S. dropped on the city at the end of World War II. In the U.S there are others hoping for more recognition of the harm nuclear weapons caused them — the thousands of U.S. veterans who were deliberately exposed to nuclear weapons tests. Many of these so-called atomic veterans and their offspring have experienced severe health effects from radiation exposure. According to a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, numerous veterans are still waiting for the government to acknowledge their service and compensate them for their suffering. Forum discusses the stories and struggles of atomic veterans.

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Jennifer LaFleur, senior editor at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Wayne Brooks, former gunner's mate on the USS De Haven destroyer. Member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans - A non-profit veteran's assistance organization for service members who have been exposed to nuclear weapons tests.

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