Former Savannah River Site employees, and other former employees from the nuclear weapons industry, can learn more about medical benefits that they may be eligible for during town hall meetings hosted by the Department of Labor.


The meetings will be held on Wednesday in the Palmetto Terrace Room of North Augusta City Hall located at 100 Georgia Ave, North Augusta. The first meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the second meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m.


During the meetings, specific information will be discussed concerning home health care services.


In addition to the town hall meetings, officials from the local resource center will be on site to assist individuals with filing new claims and provide clients with updates on existing claims.


Benefits are provided under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. The act was created to assist individuals who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry.


Spokesperson Ann Mangold said the Labor Department works with physicians who have enrolled in the program, home health care providers and approved beneficiaries to ensure that they understand the benefits available and processes in place for obtaining approval for medical services.


“We encourage energy workers who were employed by the nuclear weapons industry, and/or their survivors, to attend the North Augusta town hall meetings on (Wednesday), as representatives will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions regarding medical benefits and compensation available for former workers,” she said.


Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University.