David Bryan Roach
Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission: Air Force
Job Title: Environmental Health Specialist
Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour: 8/17/1978 – 11/25/1978
Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll: Lojwa
Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll: Runit
Description of Work Performed: Monitoring of personnel and equipment as it crossed the “Hot Line”. I also had to monitor and tag debris to be removed on the island and in the waters around Runit.
Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure: Yes
Comments about Health Challenges: My health problems are often labeled as “some type” of autoimmune issues yet to be understood. My daughter also has some of the same type of gynecological problems experienced by the female children of other Atomic Veterans as well as the islanders themselves.
Veterans Administration Health Assistance: Still trying. (5/19/2014)
Experiences with the Veterans Administration: I always get a new reason why I don’t qualify for benefits and/or treatment. I am currently disabled but my LTD Company, The Hartford, stopped my pay on 2-5-2014. So I went back to the VA and told them “OK, I didn’t qualify before because I made too much money now I make ZERO. They said I made too much last year so I still DO NOT QUALIFY!!! (5/19/2014)
Current Residence: Moreno Valley, California
Contributions towards accomplishing Our Current Mission:
- Atomic Cleanup Veteran – David Roach – Article Post at AtomicCleanupVets.com
- Comment on Article Post at AtomicCleanupVets.com
- Atomic Cleanup Veterans – Facebook Page Fan
- Enewetak Atoll Clean-up Project Vets. – Facebook Group Member
- Military & Dependent Environmental Hazard Group – Facebook Group Member
- National Association of Atomic Veterans – Facebook Group Member
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