Marines, Were You At Camp Lejeune Or MCAS New River Between 8.1.53 & 12.31.87?

From Vets.gov:

If you served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina for 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987, you may have had contact with contaminants in their drinking water.

And from the Washington Times on Jan. 12, 2017:

The Obama administration has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion over the next five years to the nearly 900,000 Marine Corps veterans and their families

If you were stationed there, discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, and have a diagnosis of at least one of fifteen medical conditions, you and/or your family members may receive healthcare and VA disability benefits.

Those conditions are:

Bladder cancer

Breast cancer

Esophageal cancer

Female infertility

Hepatic steatosis

Kidney cancer

Leukemia

Lung cancer

Miscarriage

Multiple myeloma

Myelodysplastic syndromes

Neurobehavioral effects

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Renal toxicity

Scleroderma

Robert O’Dowd’s book, A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals: Toxic Exposure of US Marines and Government Lies” adds that Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River were not the only places where contamination had been found. It turns out that Marines and their families stationed at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA., an EPA Superfund site,

were exposed to organic solvents, benzene, and other carcinogens in the drinking water, and through dermal contact and inhalation while working with toxic chemicals (TCE and/or PCE) without protective clothing and face masks.

Unfortunately, there has been no legislation passed by Congress that takes care of these servicemembers and their families. So, at this time,

There is no presumptive health care and disability for El Toro Marines. El Toro veterans have to fight for health care and disability one veteran at a time.

This means they must fight the VA head on with no resources other than possibly their own local, state, and/or national congressional representatives or veterans service organizations.

Note: Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River may apply for these benefits using forms that are available here.

Please forward this information to other Marines who you know were stationed at any of these three facilities.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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