A note from Mike Partain- thanks Mike for keeping us posted!!
A lot has been happening over the past two months behind the scenes. First we are starting to hear of more veterans getting VA awards. The latest is one of the 64 male breast cancer cases from Camp Lejeune. Unfortunately, their families who also lived on the base continue to be frustrated with the Navy and the USMC.
Next week there will be a hearing on Capitol Hill on September 16th. We have copied the information for the hearing and listed it below. It is our understanding that it will be simulcast on the internet. The link should appear the day of the hearing on the Committee’s website.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- SCHEDULE NOTICE -WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 September 7, 2010
Sci & Tech Committee Press: 202-225-6375Alex Dery Snider, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karly Schledwitz, email@example.com
Thursday, September 16, 2010 Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee – Hearing
Camp Lejeune: Contamination and Compensation, Looking Back, Moving Forward Witnesses:
Dr. Richard Clapp, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health and member of the ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel (CAP)
Mr. Mike Partain, Member, ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel (CAP) and breast cancer survivor born on Camp Lejeune
Mr. Peter Devereaux, former Marine Corps Corporal and Camp Lejeune veteran diagnosed with breast cancer
Mr. Jim Watters, Director, Graduate Medical Education, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, former Navy Lieutenant, retired Commander, Navy Reserve, Medical Service Corps and Camp Lejeune veteran diagnosed with kidney cancer
Dr. Chris Portier, Director, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Mr. Thomas J. Pamperin, Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Policy and Program Management, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Additional Witnesses TBA
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)
We also have bumper stickers available for our members. They were donated by a member and are free of charge. The bumper sticker reads:
What About Camp Lejeune?
If you would like one, please send a self addressed stamped (two stamps to make sure) to Mike Partain. The sticker is 12 inches long, so please make sure your envelope is big enough. They are first come first served and we have about 300 left.
6476 Joe Cotton Trail
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Finally, we have had several articles appear in the press. It is important that we view these articles and leave comments whenever possible to support media interest in the Camp Lejeune tragedy. The latest story was in the St Petersburg Times.
Take care and continue to press forward. Please do not forget about our discussion board. There is a wealth of information there and a great place to ask questions. Unfortunately, our web-site email account is not the best place to ask questions because we are not professionally staffed to handle all the emails. In another words, we are all volunteers and there are too many emails and not enough fingers to type answers.
The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten