I will be compensated for the wrongful death of my mother and my own infant brain injury by the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune Marine Corps Base. Camp LeJeune Justice Act of 2022 (S. 3373), Public Law 117-168, Sec. 804, was signed into law on August 10, 2022, after it was passed 342-88 in the U.S. House and 86-11 in the U.S. Senate.
My claims are already filed with Navy JAG in Norfolk, $51 million each. The only problem is that I remain in poverty, relying on SSDI at $1,275 per month to pay for myself and my HHA and her minor children. Medicare Parts A/B/D does not work in the Philippines, though the low rent costs allow me to pay for my Camp LeJeune mental disability medicines in cash. The VA and federal courts denied me the health coverage specifically for Camp LeJeune victims even when my mom died of a Camp LeJeune cancer, I have a mental disability the VA lists as associated with the toxins, and we used the base for 19 months while my father, a U.S. Marine, served there.
The only thing that mattered to the gatekeepers of justice was the address where we slept at night. 19 months of proven exposure and injury were irrelevant to the government that inflicted the injuries and death and continues not to care.
Despite filing a variety of claims and lawsuits, no compensation has been provided up to now for the death and disabilities inflicted on me and my family by Camp LeJeune. The first glimmer of hope was the Camp LeJeune Justice Act of 2022. The terms of that law make it a virtual certainty that my mother’s death and my infant brain injury will eventually be compensated.
Eventually because the government does not provide any assistance while we wait for justice to happen. No loans. No benefits. No health care.
It was therefore even more exciting when Tribeca Capital set up a webpage advertising Camp LeJeune victim relief and advance loans. Tribeca said up to $2 million could be provided and very quickly too, under 48 hours if approved.
Finally, there was a very real possibility of having the money to pay my HHA, my doctor, my medications, buy a house for me to live in, and help my kids with school. And why not $2 million? Death and infant brain injuries are just about the worst kind of torts. Not much worse than these can happen to a family. I have doctor letters proving I have bipolar and my mother’s death certificate lists the breast cancer VA associates with the base poisons. Open, shut case.
I had a national mass tort law firm on board, Wagstaff Law Firm, and my attorney said she has helped her clients get such financing in the past.
All the ducks were lined up, with evidence I have gathered over 10 years of litigation. There are no other examples of an attorney being a Camp LeJeune victim like me, to my knowledge. I thought that getting the financing would be easy and quick, like the Tribeca website explains, because they care about our suffering.
However, a month has now passed since the Camp LeJeune Justice Act became law and Tribeca is dragging its feet. Mr. William Flavin of Tribeca wanted to talk to me on the phone and he said that he could not believe that I had done so much litigation all on my own and he said he was concerned that maybe I was a scammer because they get lots of scammers. That was his reasoning for the foot dragging.
After the amount of pain and suffering and poverty and discrimination I have had to deal with, a mental illness among the worst in the DSM-V, to have some finance officer at an investment company even suggest I might be a scammer was so extremely painful.
I not only am NOT a scammer, I have been a leader in the movement to obtain justice. I was a lawyer and litigant in the failed Multi-District Litigation (#2218). I fought for 8 years to have the health care and showed there was a legal loophole to deny certain victims who were both exposed and injured. I was on TV pushing for a new law THAT I WROTE with benefits and compensation in 2015. I created a 527 group in 2015 called “Children of Camp LeJeune” and my Facebook group with that name has 376 followers today, 7 years after I created it.
For some newbie finance company to say they want to help and then pull the rug out from under one of the leaders and a clear victim is awful. If Tribeca is going to suggest that I am a scammer with all evidence pointing to the contrary, how will Tribeca treat others? Not well, I am thinking. They should take down their website and rethink their patriotism after treating me this way. Other finance companies should learn from this experience that you have to treat the government’s victims fairly and with respect or not be in this business at all.