Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)
The RECA is administered by the Department of Justice. RECA establishes a lump sum compensation award for individuals who contracted specific diseases in three defined populations:
- Uranium miners, miller, and ore transporters – $100,000;
- “Onsite participants” at atmospheric nuclear weapons tests – $75,000; and
- Individuals who lived downwind of the Nevada Test Site (“downwinders”) – $50,000
RECA is not available for members of the military who occupied Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For veterans who are onsite participants, RECA is available for the same listed conditions as for presumptive service connection. RECA may be a better alternative if the veteran is very old, or has already passed. RECA can be paid to the veterans surviving spouse or other surviving family members. However, any VA compensation paid for the same disability will be offset from the RECA award.