2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 7, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Jacque, Carpenter, Miller, L. Taylor and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Tusler, Allen, Doyle,
Hesselbein, Horlacher, Magnafici, Petryk, Ramthun, Rodriguez, Sinicki,
Sortwell, Spreitzer, Thiesfeldt, Vruwink and Edming. Referred to
Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR46,1,1 1Relating to: recognizing July 16 as National Atomic Veterans Day in Wisconsin.
SJR46,1,52 Whereas, the United States conducted the nuclear Trinity test, the first
3detonation of an atomic weapon that took place at Alamogordo Air Force Base in New
4Mexico on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project, which led to atomic bombs
5being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki less than one month later; and
SJR46,1,96 Whereas, soon after World War II ended, the United States ramped up its
7nuclear testing program, including a wide range of experiments and exposures to
8various subjects, by conducting at least 235 atmospheric and undersea nuclear
9weapons tests in the Pacific Ocean and in the southwestern states; and
SJR46,1,1310 Whereas, approximately 250,000 veterans of the United States were directly
11affected by nuclear weapons technology testing while serving from 1945 to 1963, as
12were those who served in Hiroshima or Nagasaki during the period of the occupation
13of Japan by the United States immediately following World War II; and
1Whereas, from 1977 to 1980, an additional 8,033 U.S. veterans and civilian
2contractors participated in the Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission, which
3disposed of radiation-tainted debris, in the Marshall Islands; and
SJR46,2,74 Whereas, the health of many individuals—both military and civilian— who had
5worked in connection with the nuclear testing program and many of the children of
6those individuals may have been adversely affected by exposure to ionizing
7radiation; and
SJR46,2,128 Whereas, the National Association of Atomic Veterans was formed in August
91979 to help atomic veterans obtain medical care and assistance related to health
10issues that may have been precipitated by their exposure to ionizing radiation while
11participating in a nuclear weapon test detonation, a post-test event, or post-test
12cleanup; and
SJR46,2,1713 Whereas, in accordance with Public Law 98-54, July 16, 1983, was designated
14as National Atomic Veterans Day, a day “dedicated to those patriotic Americans who
15through their participation in these tests helped lead the United States to the
16forefront of technology in defense of our great Nation and the freedoms we as
17Americans hold so dear''; and
SJR46,2,2118 Whereas, in 1996, the United States Congress repealed the Nuclear Radiation
19and Secrecy Agreements Act, freeing atomic veterans to describe their military
20involvement in nuclear testing and to file for veterans benefits for conditions they
21may have developed as a result of radiation exposure; and
SJR46,2,2422 Whereas, the State of Wisconsin recognizes the patriotism and sacrifice of the
23thousands of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including Wisconsinites, in defense
24of the nation; now, therefore, be it
1Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the legislature
2hereby proclaims July 16 as National Atomic Veterans Day in Wisconsin.
SJR46,3,33 (End)