Petition to Help Camp Lejeune Marines and Families
Retired Marine Corps
Drill Instructor Sgt. Jerry Ensminger has started a petition on
Change.org asking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Congress
to provide medical care for the 200,000 people who lived on Camp Lejeune
Marine Corps Base during the three decades that the base water supply
was contaminated by cancer-causing chemicals. Ensminger’s
petition calls on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Rep. Jeff Miller (Fla.)
and Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the respective chairs of the House and
Senate Veterans Committees, to authorize the VA to provide medical care
for the families who were stationed at Camp Lejeune between
1957-1987. The contamination at the base has
been well-documented and VA has yet to respond to calls for medical help
for affected veterans and their families. Click
here to sign the petition.
VA Secretary Shinseki
recently declared it “premature” to provide healthcare to
these veterans, prompting Murray, Miller and House and Senate VA
Committee ranking members, Rep. Bob Filner (Calif.) and Sen.
Richard Burr (N.C.) respectively, to send a letter asking President
Obama to intervene on the matter. In part, the letter says,
“There is enough scientific evidence already that warrants giving
the benefit of the doubt to those who need help
FRA supports the Janey Ensminger Act (H.R. 1742), sponsored by Rep.
Brad Miller (N.C.), that authorizes VA health care for former veterans
and military family members stationed at Camp Lejeune while the water
was contaminated. Shipmates
are urged to visit the FRA Action Center to ask their representative to
support this legislation.
FRA addressed this issue in its testimony before the House and Senate
Veterans Affairs Committees and the Camp Lejeune water problem is
focus of this month’s feature story in FRA Today.