District 7 Congressman Ed Perlmutter was honored by Nuclear Care Partners with the organization's inaugural Congressional Award for Atomic Heroes at ceremony held at the Armed Forces Garden in …
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District 7 Congressman Ed Perlmutter was honored by Nuclear Care Partners with the organization's inaugural Congressional Award for Atomic Heroes at ceremony held at the Armed Forces Garden in Westminster on Oct. 7.
Eight former Rocky Flats employees attended the ceremony and were presented with a congressional certificate and a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol by Perlmutter.
Perlmutter was recognized by the NCP — an organization that provides benefits guidance and in-home care to former atomic workers — due to his work to ensure benefits and improve access to benefits for former atomic workers, as well as his work to empower the Advisory Board which allows former atomic workers a direct line of communication with the Department of Labor.
Perlmutter said that protecting health care and benefit access for atomic workers has been a priority of his and will continue to be going forward.
“Working on behalf of these Cold War Patriots who risked their lives to protect our nation and help end the Cold War has been one of my biggest priorities,” said Perlmutter. “I will continue to work to ensure these heroes receive the compensation and care they need and deserve as they deal with the health consequences and other side effects related to their service to our country.”
NCP Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jenna Noem praised Perlmutter's advocacy for atomic workers and said that the award would be given out by NCP on an annual basis going forward.
“There's big shoes to fill, because to give the inaugural award to (Perlmutter) was a fantastic experience. We're looking for congressmen and women who are interested in this issue, who is actually weighing in with the department of labor and making an impact for former workers,” Noem said. “Someone who is an advocate for their peers, someone who is a champion when it comes to policymaking or letters being sent, really championing these workers. We can't wait to see who it's going to be next year.”
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