LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – According to an online news report posted on spectrumnews1.com, Camp Lejeune contaminated water survivors gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, to create awareness about how service members and their families were exposed to disease-causing chemicals at Camp Lejeune. The survivors and safety advocates came from several states, including Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, service members and their families who were stationed at or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 were exposed to contaminated drinking water. The toxic chemicals have been linked to 15 diseases. It is estimated that more than 1 million service members and their families were exposed to disease-causing chemicals.
The survivors converged in Louisville because the Louisville VA Regional Office files and processes all Camp Lejeune claims.
Some of the victims sustained severe harm after being exposed to the contaminated water for as few as 45 days. According to retired United States Marine Corps Reservist Curtis Crawford, he suffered life-long side effects after he consumed the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. He was stationed at the base for only 45 days. He says he lost patches of hair, and his hair grew back white. Mr. Crawford said that he was not aware of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune until someone informed him. Now he wants to help other people know about the serious issue. Crawford is passionate about traveling all over the U.S. to take part in Camp Lejeune toxic water awareness events.
Another interviewee states that his 18-year-old son has been experiencing severe health problems after being assigned to Camp Lejeune. The Louisville native claims that he was notified by a letter from the IRS stating that Camp Lejeune’s water has been connected to 15 diseases. He says that he was shocked to find out that the water he had been drinking for almost four years is linked to cancer and other diseases. He believes that his son’s medical conditions are also connected to the contaminated water. He and others now believe the toxic exposure is also causing medical problems for people born decades later.
Brian Amburgey was assigned at Camp Lejeune for three months. He is suffering from tremors, memory loss, and he is in the process of being screened for cancer. Mr. Amburgey said that he loves America and he would always defend the U.S. until the day he dies, but the government needs to do what is right for those harmed by the toxic water. He is currently filing for disability related to the Camp Lejeune contaminated water problem.
Victims like Mr. Amburgey hope people will support the “Camp Lejeune Justice Act,” a congressional representative toxic water registry, and the “Toxic, Exposure in the American Military Act.” He believes that if the two pieces of legislation become law, everyone who was at the base and suffered harm could get justice.
According to a Camp Lejeune database, 4,500 Kentucky military veterans and 15,000 military family members might have been exposed to Camp Lejeune’s toxic water.
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and you sustained harm and/or have been diagnosed with cancer, call Parker Waichman LLP to assist you with filing a personal injury lawsuit or to help you file for disability due to harm caused by the contaminated water.
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