|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 29 Jul 2009 22:16:10 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, VOCs: Senator Burr propose presumptive health care for Camp Lejeune (NC)victims|
Press Release Office of Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) July 28, 2009 Burr Bill Would Provide Care for Lejeune Vets Exposed to Water ContaminantsBill gives VA health care to servicemembers, veterans, and family adversely affected by contamination
Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2009, legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide health care to servicemembers, veterans, and their family members who have experienced adverse health effects as a result of exposure to well water contaminated by human carcinogens at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
"Thousands of Navy and Marine veterans and their families who lived on Camp Lejeune have fallen ill with a variety of cancers and diseases believed to be attributable to their service at the base before it was designated a Superfund site in 1988," Senator Burr said. "We owe those who are sick the benefit of the doubt and the health care they need."
A recent National Research Council report on the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune assessed that there are numerous adverse health effects associated with human exposure to the chemicals known to have been in water at Lejeune. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is conducting scientific studies to further understand the extent of human exposure on Camp Lejeune and planning human health surveys to determine the frequency of certain illnesses among former Camp Lejeune residents.
Senator Burr's bill would allow a veteran or military family member who was stationed at Camp Lejeune during the time the water was contaminated to receive needed health care at a VA facility.
"Camp Lejeune veterans and their families deserve closure on this tragic situation," Senator Burr added. "While we continue to seek more answers, this bill is a step towards providing the Lejeune veterans and their families the respect and care they deserve."
For the original press release, go to http://burr.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=c33c1c3d-e6b9-a772-bd45-14591af39f5d -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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