Veterans of Camp Lejeune and their families are buzzing about the reintroduction of a bill that would create a presumptive link between contaminated drinking water on the base between the 1950s and 1980s and a number of diseases that have plagued former residents. The bill, introduced by Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., would allow Camp Lejeune veterans and family members to receive health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“The Bill, H.R. 1742, has fallen short of the goal of helping all those exposed,” she wrote in a statement. “…The toxins didn’t discriminate and in such an important decision as peoples’ lives, Congress shouldn’t either.”
Glowacki, who supports the bill, said he believed former base civilian workers may have received the rawest deal in the contamination aftermath.
“You’ve got a two-edged sword here,” he said. “The civilians don’t stand a chance. They’re not getting the attention that the Marines are.
” The Janey Ensminger Act is now in the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. A similar bill, the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2011, was introduced in February and is in the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.