This Memorial Day, we celebrate the victory of a LSSP client, the widow of a WWII veteran, who was recently awarded the recognition that her husband’s sacrifice had honorably earned.
Mr. Adams* was a WWII Army veteran when he married Mrs. Adams. Though he spoke very little about his time in the war, Mrs. Adams knew he had once served in Japan. At the age of 66, Mr. Adams died after a yearlong struggle against stomach cancer. Years later, Mrs. Adams learned about LSSP’s Veterans Legal Services Project and asked for help in finding out more about her husband’s service. Her attorney at LSSP wondered if Mr. Adams had been among the more than 150,000 “atomic veterans” who had experienced high levels of radiogenic exposure while serving in Japan. However, his records had been destroyed in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center, so his service location was not apparent. After much investigation, research and correspondence with the VA, the LSSP attorney discovered that Mr. Adams had in fact served in a high radiation area in Japan soon after the atomic bomb was dropped, and his cancer was among the types recognized as service-related. Because of this discovery, Mr. Adams’ sacrifice to his country was finally recognized and Mrs. Adams is now receiving the widow’s benefits for which she had been eligible for more than two decades.
Our gratitude and respect goes out to our country’s service members and veterans for the sacrifices they have made.
*Name has been changed to protect identity