About RECA

Many people are learning about the history of nuclear testing in the United States from the movie Oppenheimer. The struggle of communities impacted by those tests has been long, hard and continues. Generations of families in rural and indigenous communities as well as veterans have been left to pick up the pieces of health crisis, financial ruin, and losing loved ones.

Updates to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), now before Congress, seek to address this issue. These bills promise acknowledgment, respect, and rectification of a deep-seated historical wrong. But more than that, they expand access for compensation to victims of radiation exposure and close unnecessary gaps in coverage and support.

Expanding RECA would ensure that all these groups receive the recognition they deserve, the compensation they desperately need, and the promise that their suffering is not forgotten.

To learn more read our full statement here.

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Learn more about RECA and the legacy of suffering caused by nuclear weapons

Stories of survivors

Click on the images to read the stories of survivors and download these posters to share and spread the word.

Mary Dickson describes how her body became radioactive due to nuclear testing.

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Eve Mary Verde describing how everyone in her immediate family developed cancer from nuclear testing.

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Laura Greenwood describes the economic hardship caused by nuclear testing.

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Francis Lincoln Grahlfs talks about how every year there are fewer atomic veterans left.

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