Congress and Camp Lejeune's Water
It's a good thing to have her behind our cause and we thank you for your help Mrs. Dole.
From Mrs. Dole op-ed:
-As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I fought to expose the facts about the Camp Lejeune water contamination and to expedite notification to all potential victims. My legislation requiring the Pentagon to provide such direct notification through a registry was signed into law. The Corps, however, has not utilized the registry to directly inform military families about the EPA's determination.
The provision of medical care for the people made ill by the contaminants in the installation's drinking water must now be addressed through the legislative process. The cost of that care may eventually be high in terms of dollars. We must, nevertheless, meet our nation's ethical and moral responsibilities.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., are to be commended for their sponsorship of legislation that would provide medical care through the Department of Veterans Affairs for individuals who suffer from one or more of these cancers or other health effects and who are known to have served or lived at Camp Lejeune during the years in question. Passage of their legislation and its enactment into law are the necessary next steps.
While passage of Burr's bill looks promising, there is opposition in the House of Representatives to Miller's bill on fiscal grounds. To argue that the United States should not provide medical care to its veterans and their families, whether those injuries were sustained in combat, during training or due to exposure to dangerous chemicals on post, is unconscionable and indefensible.
Elizabeth Dole served as a Republican U.S. senator from North Carolina from 2003 to 2009.
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