Tommy R. Thompson
Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission: Navy
Job Title: Whaler Boats and Outboard Engine Repair
Unit: ACU-1 Coronado, CA
Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour: 4/25/1978 – 8/25/1980
Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll: Enewetak
Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll: Enewetak
Description of Work Performed: Set up and ran the whaler shop outfitting and repairing boats and outboard motors
Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure: —
Comments about Health Challenges: COPD. Abdominal aneurysm repaired 10/3/2012. Another near the heart. They won’t do that one because of the COPD. Health care I use at present is Medicare and TriCare for life.
Veterans Administration Health Assistance: I don’t use the VA. I don’t use the active military bases with the hospitals/doctors.
Experiences with the Veterans Administration: No experiences.
Current Residence: Greensburg, Indiana
Contributions towards accomplishing Our Current Mission:
- Atomic Cleanup Veterans – Facebook Page Fan
- Enewetak Atoll Clean-up Project Vets. – Facebook Group Member
- National Association of Atomic Veterans – Facebook Group Member
Our main focus is to help each other with information and moral support during challenging times.
Our secondary focus is to urge Congress to change the current laws and recognize soldiers of the atomic cleanup mission as “veterans who participated in radiation-risk activities during active service.”
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