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Westport man helping to spread the word about atomic veterans

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    By Steve Urbon / New Bedford Standard-Times
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 -

    WESTPORT — The pictures tell the tale, and that’s the problem. The atomic tests in the South Pacific were state secrets, and the photos were, too. Those who were there were forbidden to talk about it for most of their lives.
    But now, a town resident has joined the movement to spread the word about the atomic veterans, especially to get them the medical help they have been denied all these decades while fighting the after-effects of their military duty, reports the Standard-Times.
    Dr. John Waters, whose career led him to duty as chaplain in a psychiatric hospital, will host the showing of a documentary presentation of the America, British and French atomic bomb tests from the 1940s to the present.
    They were made available by the Pentagon only about a decade ago, at the same time the Defense Department lifted the oath of secrecy that bound hundreds of thousands of "atomic veterans" to silence about what they had seen and suffered.

    Read the full story at the Standard-Times
     

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