Cold War Patriots Announces Former Secretaries of Energy Donald Hodel & Bill Richardson as Honorary Co-Chairs for 10th Annual National Day of Remembrance

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Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for nuclear weapons and uranium worker benefits, has announced that two former Secretaries of Energy – Donald Hodel and Bill Richardson, who also served as Governor of New Mexico – have come together to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 10th Annual Official Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance(TM), which is on Oct. 30 and will be celebrated with nationwide events hosted by CWP.

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The contributions and sacrifices of America’s nuclear complex workers not only helped keep the peace during a time of international confrontation, I credit their dedicated work with America’s victory in the Cold War.

Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for nuclear weapons and uranium worker benefits, has announced that two former Secretaries of Energy – Donald Hodel and Bill Richardson, who also served as Governor of New Mexico – have come together to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 10th Annual Official Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance(TM). The Official National Day of Remembrance is on Oct. 30 and will be celebrated with nationwide events hosted by CWP.

Each year, the United States Senate passes a bi-partisan resolution that honors the contributions and sacrifices of the more than one million Americans who worked with uranium or in the nation’s nuclear weapons complex, from its origins with the Manhattan Project during World War II through to the present day.

Secretary Hodel, who served during the Reagan administration, and Governor Richardson, who served during the Clinton administration, will add their voices of deep appreciation, support, and recognition for the many nuclear complex workers they helped lead.

Secretary Hodel observed, “The contributions and sacrifices of America’s nuclear complex workers not only helped keep the peace during a time of international confrontation, I credit their dedicated work with America’s victory in the Cold War.”

Governor Richardson stated, “During the 1990s, our mission at the Department of Energy also grew to address the personnel, environmental, and security aspects of addressing the legacy issues of our nation’s nuclear defense. I am proud that our actions started on a large scale the environmental cleanup, enhanced worker safety focus, and Federal legislation which serves our national security interests today as well as that of our ‘secret heroes’.”

While no amount of appreciation is adequate to express the gratitude for the contribution and sacrifice these workers have made, to recognize those who served, CWP will be distributing a 10th anniversary commemorative lapel pin. The pin, available to any nuclear weapons or uranium worker, is a recommissioned pin originally awarded to workers on the Manhattan Project by the Secretary of War. Men and women who worked in the industry will be given a bronze pin, while those workers who have experienced some level of health-related illness due to their work will be given a silver pin.

Additional information regarding the Cold War Patriots Official National Day of Remembrance and related events planned around the country can be found at http://www.coldwarpatriots.org or by calling 888.903.8989.

To learn more, visit http://www.coldwarpatriots.org.

About Cold War Patriots (CWP)

Cold War Patriots (CWP) is a division of Professional Case Management (PCM), which provides specialized in-home healthcare services to nuclear weapons and uranium workers. CWP is a community resource and advocacy organization and the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice to advocate for worker benefits. CWP helps nuclear weapons and uranium workers get the recognition, compensation and care they have earned. CWP, the first national organization to connect workers with benefits, does this work for free on behalf of its members. Visit http://www.coldwarpatriots.org or call 888-903-8989 for more information.

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Shannon Porter, Cold War Patriots
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