Camp LeJeune is where I was born. It is currently an EPA Superfund site, and one author has described it as a “toxic hell,” the worst water poisoning disaster in U.S. history, worse even than Love Canal or rivers catching fire in the 1970s.
This poisoning has likely been going on since the base was founded in 1942, but the government says it started in the 1950s. I never believe the government because they lie for their own benefit.
What does it mean to be the worst water poisoning disaster in U.S. history? It means 1 million or more U.S. Marines and their families were poisoned. Even the hospital where I was born and spent the first three days of my life was heavily contaminated and government reports showed the toxins were hundreds of times higher than allowed levels.
It seems that Congress is unwilling to pass legislation to compensate those injured severely, and the tiny bit of help provided (last payer health insurance) is even denied to someone like me who was BORN THERE.
I must blame all of America for putting irresponsible, lying, hateful individuals into Congress. Congress funded that toxic mess and did not direct the Marines or the Navy to clean it up or protect people from it, including infants.
American heroes in the U.S. Marines were sent to fight and die overseas, while their children and spouses were being poisoned on the bases where they trained. This is beyond betrayal. It is beyond treason. Those who allowed this to happen deserve to be punished severely under the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) because they killed us and disabled us, the children and spouses of active-duty U.S. Marines, the patriots forced to use those toxic bases like Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. My mother died young from one of the listed cancers.
What can Congress do today to make up for this? First of all, admit it, all of it. Don’t allow the Justice Department to have any excuses or defenses to our lawsuits. Pay us. We have been suffering, many in poverty, for decades while the military and Congress grow fat on the budget. 5% of the military budget every year must go toward compensating those who were poisoned. This means providing health care, decent housing, education, food, cash, transportation, and anything else a normal person would have, but these patriots do not because they were cut loose and allowed to wither.
I love Article I of the U.S. Constitution. Section 8 provides all the authority needed to take care of these military families who sacrificed and were told lies. There is no excuse for this. Congress must state the truth. Health was sacrificed for no particular good reason but stupidity and laziness. Normally, this would be considered negligence that caused injury, and so compensable. However, the United States has judges with a vast array of excuses for denying the most patriotic families their rightful compensation. Dishonest judges are precisely why Congress needs to step in and say NO. NO to the judges. NO to the president and his dishonest Justice Department which always fights against the patriotic families.
Congress can say yes and the Constitution supports it. But first we need a Congress with the right attitude, an attitude we have not seen yet there.