Thursday, March 3, 2022 - Soldiers stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, their families and all who lived in the surrounding communities have been exposed to carcinogenic forever chemicals in their drinking water and are developing cancer. Fire fighting foam is thought to have leached into the groundwater for decades releasing dangerous, life-threatening chemicals to bioaccumulate in the cells eventually leading to cancer. Millions of people around Camp Lejeune may be walking around with undiagnosed PFAS cancer and should immediately seek medical attention. According to JDNews, "During the contamination period from 1953 to 1987, hundreds of thousands of Marines, sailors, family members, and civilians were exposed to the base's drinking water, which was contaminated with toxins like industrial solvents and benzene." It never pays to ignore cancer because it can be treated if caught early before it has a chance to spread to other organs or every organ through the bloodstream. Camp Lejeune residents had little recourse because the government was sheltered from being held liable for their water pollution negligence. The Camp Lejuene Justice Act "allows certain individuals (who were exposed to contaminated water for at least 30 days) to sue the Federal Government and recover damages for harm from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. The bill prohibits the U.S. government from asserting specified immunity from litigation in response to such a lawsuit." The bill may now be stalling in Congress due to a lack of funding but that has not stopped those who suffer from cancer and other illnesses from gathering to share their experiences and garner public attention. More than 1 million service members and their families have drunk contaminated water on more than 400 military installations.
Spectrum News One reported on a gathering of servicemembers in Louisville, Kentucky the other day who were protesting the lack of effort on the part of the government to provide compensation for their water pollution-related illnesses. Military Veterans, "demanding support for the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, the Toxic, Exposure in the American Military Act, and a toxic water registry from congressional representatives." One Retired U.S. Marine Corps Reservist told the news that he developed Alopecia on his scalp from drinking contaminated Camp water for three years ago. One veteran was concerned that the neurological difficulties that his young children are experiencing may be related to his drinking the water years ago that may have caused DNA damage. One soldier at the gathering told people he suffers from memory loss, tremors, and possibly cancer. Every soldier and their loved ones hearing about this topic should be concerned that they have been exposed to carcinogenic chemicals in their drinking water at levels and quantities that could cause cancer or genetic damage. You may qualify to file a PFAS cancer lawsuit against the federal government and seek compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from PFAS chemicals in drinking. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, or another, you may be eligible for compensation.
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