Richard Burr (NC), advocated for his bill (S. 277) to extend eligibility for VA hospital care, medical services and nursing home care to as many as 600000 veterans and family members stationed at Camp Lejeune during years well water there was contaminated.
Retired Marine Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger testified that his daughter, Janey, born while the family was assigned to Camp Lejeune, died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1985 when nine years old. He blames chemicals found later in the tap water there, including two known carcinogens, benzene and vinyl chloride. He said the Marine Corps and Navy Department knew about the contamination for several years but failed to act.
He referred other potential victims to a website, www.tftptf.com, for more details. Ensminger said more than 170,000 members of the Camp Lejeune community have registered with the Marine Corps as having been exposed to the water at Lejeune sometime during the 30 year period.