Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 15, 2009 10:46 ET

Atomic Veterans Recognition Program Application Deadline Approaching

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - The Atomic Veterans Recognition Program, which was announced on September 2, 2008, will continue to accept applications until December 31, 2009. The Atomic Veterans Recognition Program was created to recognize Canadian military veterans and Defence science and technology workers who participated in allied nuclear weapons testing during 1946 to 1963 and/or the Chalk River decontamination efforts that were conducted in 1952, 1953 and/or 1958. Individuals who apply must have proof of presence at either of these two events in order to receive recognition and the ex-gratia payment.

To date, the program office has answered over 1000 queries, received more than 900 applications and has mailed out over 270 ex gratia payments to applicants who met the program criteria.

"All those who serve their country, past or present, deserve the respect, admiration and care of a grateful nation for the exceptional services that these individuals have performed," said Minister MacKay. "We encourage individuals who participated in nuclear weapons testing and in nuclear decontamination work to please apply to the Atomic Veterans Recognition Program."

If the veteran or Defence science and technology worker is deceased, an estate executor, primary beneficiary, or primary caregiver may apply.

Applications for the Atomic Veterans Recognition Program will continue to be accepted until December 31, 2009. To be eligible, applicants must have proof of participation at either of the two events. Individuals interested in more information or applying for recognition can visit http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/cen/ps/avr-pra/index-eng.asp, call 1-800-833-6094 or e-mail Atomic@forces.gc.ca.

Background on the Atomic Veterans Recognition Program is available at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/view-news-afficher-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=2756

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