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How to Help

There are many ways to help our cause. Please see the options below to learn more. 
Contact Congress

How to Help as a Downwinder


We have multiple events that we host on an annual basis. Fill out the form below to let us know of your interests and capabilities and we'll be in touch. 

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Donate to the Cause

The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium needs your financial assistance to continue the important work that we have started. 

Please send checks directly to: 
TBDC c/o Tina Cordova
7518 2nd St. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Donate online via PayPal.

SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) is our fiscal agent. Their PayPal user is @SWOP1980 or use the link below: 
*If the PayPal requires a note or comment, you can just put "TBDC" and that will help. Thank you! 

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Thank you for your Donation!

How to Help as a Downwinder

As a downwinder, you can help by donating, contacting Congress, and volunteering. However, you can also help the cause by filling out a Health Survey and telling your story. You can attach your story to your health survey when you send it to us, whether by mail or email. 

Click HERE to download the Health Survey. You can mail or email the completed form(s) to the address or email address below. 
C/O Tina Cordova
7518 2nd St. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107


Contact Congress

Contact your congressional members and ask them to support our bills! Read and fill out the form below to find your members of Congress and Take Action! To see the most recent update and Call to Action, please visit our updated Call to Action page

To find your House of Representative Members, click here. You may search by state or member name, or you can enter your zip code into the box on the top right of the page. To find your members of the Senate, click here. Select your state to get started.
For New Mexico:

Senator Ben Ray Lujan: (202)224-6621
Address: 498 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

Senator Martin Heinrich: (202)224-5521
303 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez: (202)225-6190
1432 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Rep. Melanie Stansbury: (202)225-6316
1421 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Rep. Gabe Vasquez: (202)225-2365
1305 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Remember to tell them you support the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and our efforts to amend the Radiation Exposure
Compensation Act.
Tell them about what has happened to you and/or
your family since the overexposure to radiation received from the Trinity test and
what it has meant to be ignored for the past 75+ years.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION with your family and friends from
throughout New Mexico and other parts of the country.
We need everyone from every state to contact their members of Congress. The
original RECA bill will end in June 2024. 
Go to our website for more information:
Locate members of Congress from other states:

Contact Gov. Lujan Grisham and let her know you support our efforts
Address: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501

On July 27, 2023, the US Senate passed the RECA amendments as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would add the Downwinders of New Mexico and the Post 71 uranium miners/workers to the fund for the first time ever.  In doing so, Senators Ben Ray Lujan (D) New Mexico, Mike Crapo (R) Idaho, and Josh Hawley (R) Missouri were able to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass this nonpartisan bill that will also add the States of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Guam and all of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah for the first time.  The bill will deliver justice to people who’ve waited as long as 78 years as is the case in New Mexico.
The Senate NDAA and the House NDAA will now go through the reconciliation process.  The House bill does not currently have the RECA amendments included.

As of the week of November 19th, 2023 - 
As Congress contemplates how they will reconcile the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and whether it will contain the amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) that would extend RECA to the people of New Mexico for the first time we need to gather up support from key Republican leaders.  Please take time now to send Senator McConnell a personal message by going to  Contact Form - U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell ( and asking him to please keep the RECA amendments in the NDAA.  The Senate has already passed the measure by a vote of 61 to 37.  Please also reach out to Speaker Johnson at 202-225-4000 and deliver the same message to him.  Make certain to let him know that the RECA amendments must remain in the NDAA and that it is if utmost importance to you.  The House version of the NDAA doesn’t currently have the RECA amendments added.  All of the New Mexico Congressional delegation supports this effort. 

We heard some good news lately that all four leaders of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were in support of the RECA amendments remaining in the NDAA.  In the Senate, those members are Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Lindsay Graham and in the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler.

We’ve received notice that the NDAA will be resolved in the next few weeks.  We need everyone to join with us in this final push for passage of the RECA amendments.

More contact information for Speaker Johnson and Leader McConnell:
Speaker Johnson 
Leader McConnell (goes by Mike) 
Rep. Scalise is the House ranking member. Please send a quick email to him to encourage him to support the RECA amendments as part of the NDAA. Below is a contact for Rep. Scalise.  

It is imperative that everyone across the country reach out to their members of the House Find Your Representative | and ask them to support adding the RECA amendments to the NDAA to mirror what was passed in the Senate. 
We encourage everyone to reach out to:
Speaker Mike Johnson
Senator Lujan at 202-224-6621 Home - Senator Ben Ray Luján ( 
Senator Hawley 202-224-6154 Josh Hawley | United States Senator for Missouri (
Senator Schumer 202-224-6542 
Jim Jordan 202-225-2676 
H.R.4426 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2023
The amendment bill currently has 39 co-sponsors:
Co-sponsor                                                                                     Date Cosponsored
Del. Moylan, James C. [R-GU-At Large]                                                     06/30/2023
Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]                                                    06/30/2023
Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]                                               06/30/2023
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]                                                                      06/30/2023
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-28]                                                                          06/30/2023
Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-8]                                                                 06/30/2023
Rep. Grijalva, Raúl M. [D-AZ-7]                                                                  06/30/2023
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4]                                            06/30/2023
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]                                                                     06/30/2023
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-12]                                                                     06/30/2023
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-18]                                                                     06/30/2023
Rep. McBath, Lucy [D-GA-7]                                                                      06/30/2023
Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5]                                                                        06/30/2023
Rep. Pettersen, Brittany [D-CO-7]                                                             06/30/2023
Rep. Ross, Deborah K. [D-NC-2]                                                                06/30/2023
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5]                                                              06/30/2023
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]                                                                      06/30/2023
Rep. Stansbury, Melanie Ann [D-NM-1]                                                     06/30/2023
Rep. Stanton, Greg [D-AZ-4]                                                                     06/30/2023
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-39]                                                                    06/30/2023
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]                                                                          06/30/2023
Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-12]                                                                    06/30/2023
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]                                                                       06/30/2023
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14]                                                         06/30/2023
Rep. Williams, Nikema [D-GA-5]                                                               06/30/2023
Rep. Vasquez, Gabe [D-NM-2]                                                                  06/30/2023
Rep. Fulcher, Russ [R-ID-1]                                                                        06/30/2023
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-36]                                                                           07/13/2023
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-7]                                                                 07/13/2023
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]                                                                07/13/2023
Rep. Gooden, Lance [R-TX-5]                                                                    08/01/2023
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]                                                                       08/01/2023
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]                                                                08/22/2023
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]                                                                      08/22/2023
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-3]                                                                   09/14/2023
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]                                                                   09/21/2023
Rep. Escobar, Veronica [D-TX-16]                                                              09/21/2023
Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49]                                                                       10/24/2023
Rep. Tokuda, Jill N. [D-HI-2]                                                                      10/24/2023

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