When Thom Tillis enters the U.S. Senate, I urge him to immediately take up the issue of Camp Lejeune contamination. Many military members, spouses, children and civilian DOD personnel on base between the 1950s and 1980s have died or suffered adverse health impacts from exposure to elevated levels of benzene, TCE, PCE and vinyl chloride in the water and soil.
In 2008, I lost my father to acute leukemia due to Camp Lejeune water and soil contamination. President Obama, the very person who signed The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 into law, instructed government legal teams to fight to uphold the N.C. statute of repose in CTS Corp vs. Waldberger. This effectively shut down the ability for families and victims to file claims.
I hope North Carolina’s new senator will help us create a lasting, positive, appropriate and accountable solution once and for all.
Gavin P. Smith, Carteret
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The writer is the founder of CivilianExposure.org and member of the CDC/ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel.