National Association of Atomic Veterans, Inc.

A tax exempt organization


Desk of the Commander

     June 1, 2018

We have just gotten home from a fabulous trip to Paris, France and London, England. Keith Keifer and I met with the French nuclear veterans and invited them to attend our September 12th-15th convention. We saw many of the sites in Paris and enjoyed our time there. Then we were off by train from Paris to London. The Eco Star train is a two hour 268 mph trip. We thank NAAV for covering the airfare for Keith and me.  We were able to cover our own and our wives’ expenses ourselves and while we had a wonderful time, sincerely hope that this trip began a new era in international atomic veterans support and resources.

Alan Owen, Chairman of the British Nuclear Test Vets, (BNTVA) and his wife met us at the train station and took us on a tour of London and then off to Bristol Bay for their convention on the 18th-20th. What a wonderful time we had with the British nuclear vets and their wives. Ocean front hotel! BNTVA provided that hotel experience to us at no expense to NAAV.   You could look out the windows and see “whales”. My wife, Barb, said she could not see the spouts of the whales, and then she realized the sighting was of Wales, England. We all had a good laugh. Barb and I volunteer for the Oregon State Parks for whale watching, Whales Spoken Here event in December and again in March each Year.

Before the convention closed Keith and I were made members of the BNTVA. We were also told that three of the French nuclear veterans, three trustees (board members) from the BNTVA, one from Australia and one from New Zealand would be attending our convention in Portland.  The Marshall Islanders will also be here

NAAV is invited to attend the French Nuclear Veterans Convention in October.

We will need some great support from our members to help with the convention in Portland, Oregon in September to be a great success. We are hoping a 6-7 Nation convention will make some great news and help us all in our fight for recognition of atomic and nuclear veterans.

Please send your donations to help support our NAAV convention in Portland OR. September 12th – 15th  to NAAV 130 Cleveland St Lebanon, OR 97355-4505

     Fred Schafer

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