Rep. Todd Tiahrt has agreed to sponsor a bill on behalf of the Atomic Veteran recognition effort.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt has agreed to sponsor a bill on behalf of the Atomic Veteran recognition effort.

The bill will be presented in Washington when the 110th Congress returns for its second session next month.

The bill requests that President Bush authorize the striking of a special U.S. Atomic Service Medal to honor Atomic Veterans.

It would recognize those involved in the 235 nuclear atmospheric and underwater tests conducted from July 16, 1945, to 1962 that utilized 225,000 American service personnel of every branch of the service.

These test site participants were utilized as test subjects in providing the answers for the scientists, researchers and government policy makers on the unknowns and effects of ionizing radiation.

The bill, called the Atomic Veterans Medal Act of 2007, will “say ‘thank you’ to the Atomic Veterans,” said Larry Halloran, senior chief, USNR Ret., of Mulvane. “We can assure them they are not forgotten and that we are indeed appreciative of their service and sacrifice from which we have greatly benefited.”

Derby Reporter