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APPENDIX B National Association of Atomic Veterans Medical Survey 153

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154 March 9, 1995 THE FIVE SERIES STUDY Zen "NAAV Data Center" 2310 Rpollo IlJay, Mesquite, Tenas 75158-5329 FAX: 214/216-1838 J.C. Johnsm, Ph.D., CHP National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, Medical Follow-Up Agency 2101 Constitution Avenue Washington, D.C. 20418 Dear Dr. J6o~;on, ~ reply to your letter of March 7, 1995, requesting registration aitena utilized to se- lect Atomic Veterans to be placed on Me NAAV Registry, Me following is submitted for your information. Since Me formation of NAAV in 1978, venous personnel have attempted to com- pile data an the medical problems faced by veterans who participated during Me pe- nod of "Atmosphere Testing". Additionally, those veterans who were POW's and those veterans who were occupation troops near Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been included with the test personnel. Together these veterans have come to be lcuown as Atomic Veterans". During my tenure as the National Commander and NAAV Board (~airman from 1986 through 1989, I discovered records and files of various Medical Surveys which had been conducted by NAAV. In 1992, we started collecting these survey forms In one file location, cataloging them by Test Series, and entering Me data from these survey forms into a computer data base (FileMaker II and then FileMaker Pro) where the various categories of information are sortable into desired and usable data. Our present Medical Survey Questionnaire was developed at that time. Each new member since mid 1992 has been requested to complete a survey form for our records. Presently, ~ receive an average about 10 of these sunrey forms each weelc.

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APPENDIX The following sources of information are utilized to compile information on each veteran listed in the NAAV Medical Survey Data Registry: a. A NAAV Medical Survey Questionnaire completed by Me veteran or his widow. Specifically Me years 1980, 1983, 1985 1986, 1992-1995. Many questionnaires are accompanied by copies of orders, DD-214 forms, discharge papers, doctors and hospital report, VA documents, and DNA correspondence and/or registry forms. 155 b. Correspondence files containing letters of inquires from veterans, their widows or children along with discharge documents, copies of orders, media angles, Guinea Pig Certificates, Letters of Commendation, VA documents and claim forms, etc. Information furnished by widows, ie, Death Certificates, DD-214 Forms, discharge papers, newspaper articles, VA documents and claim forms, etc. All of this information is being sorted, cataloged, and entered into Me NAAV com- puter data base to provide NAAV management with facts and figures usable in our effort to Obtain Simple Justice". In addition to Test Personnel, we are collecting Medical Survey information on other classes of exposed veterans. What could be termed Me second generation Atomic Veteran. Personnel involved in Broken Arrow incidents, nuclear subma- rine crewmen, nuclear weapons handlers and custodians, etc. I have about 150 of this category so far. We don't usually hear from a veteran until he connects in his mind that his health problems might be related to his exposure. Also widows discover who we are and contact us concerning they husbands involvement in nuclear {eating. Since we op- erate on members dues and member donations only, we have little money to ad- vertise Me plight of atomic veterans and their families and even less to utilize on a project such as this registry. This registry is my labor of love for Me last three years with a little help from my friends. If any of you fat cats have any grant money lay- ing around, I could put it to good use for stationary supplies, postage, data entry, and phone bills. The data fished you recently is but a snap shot of our registry. By Me end of this year we hope to have available on the NAAV Registry most of Me heals survey in- formation collected by NAAV on Atomic Veterans over the past 18 years. At that point we will add Correspondence file and data received from Widows to the reg- istry. Unfortunately, much information has been lost because of veteran deans and by a government who covered up indiv~dual's stupidity because they put security before

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156 THE FIVE SERIES STUDY compassion, fear of lawsuits above individual suffering, and official's pride and ego over truth. I am personally very pleased that the data transfer was successful. I regret Mat not all of We information on Crossroad veterans is completed as I still have to enter infor- mation on personnel from the Radiological Safety Section and me Ammunition Disposal Teams during Operation Crossroads. Perhaps you will accept and update sometime in the future. hope that some time in Me future I might be able to study your report and conclu- sions. Please feel free to call on me for any assistance I might be able to furnish Me Crossroads study or the Five Test'; study. I remain, Sincerely, . Caldwell m LTC~et) U.S. Army

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