Cold War Patriots believes some Savannah River Site retirees may be eligible to receive payments of up to $400,000 that they didn’t even know about, which is why the nonprofit is holding four town hall meetings next week.

The meeting are scheduled for July 15 and 16. The July 15 meetings will be held in the Strom Thurmond High School cafeteria, located at 1131 Columbia Road in Johnston. The first meeting will begin at 10 a.m., and the second meeting will start at 2 p.m.

The July 16 meetings will be held at Cail Community Center, located at 320 Millen Road in Sylvania, Georgia. The meetings will also be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Kelly Green, from Cold War Patriots public affairs, said retirees may be eligible for not only monetary benefits, but also no-cost medical care, prescriptions and in-home nursing.

“These are very important, informative meetings,” she said. “Many retirees don’t even know about the program or how to apply. So understanding your medical and monetary benefits are very important things to learn.”

Green said the benefits come from the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act – an act that was signed in 2001 to compensate individuals who became ill due to their work at DOE facilities, like the Savannah River Site.

More information on the Act is available on the Department of Labor website at

Cold War Patriots is a membership based, nonprofit organization with more than 15,000 members nationwide. Its mission is to connect members with health services, advocate for former worker rights and provide a community and information network to those who need it. Membership in Cold War Patriots is free. For more information, visit or call 888-903-8989.

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. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.