The United States Senate unanimously passed the Caring for Camp Lejeune Family Act of 2012, July 17, which will help as many as 75,000 sick Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., from 1957 to 1987. The legislation requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide healthcare for those who lived or worked on the base during that time and now have certain diseases and conditions resulting from exposure to the contaminated water.
“While I wish we could have accomplished this years ago, we now have the opportunity to do the right thing for the thousands of Navy and Marine veterans and their families who were harmed during their service to our country,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). If the House of Representatives votes on the bill before their August recess, President Barack Obama could sign the bill into law by the end of the summer. Read more here
Republished from the Marine Corps Connection E-Newsletter