Nestled a stone’s throw from several beautiful beaches along the shores of the Atlantic, you’ll find a quaint town slightly smaller than the city of Evansville. The locals enjoy the ocean breeze and slower pace of life. Jacksonville, North Carolina, is home to about 80,000 people. Residents claim that it’s a great place to raise a family.It’s quiet, affordable, has low crime, and offers decent schools. Camp Lejeune is a nearby massive marine base which employs many civilians in the area.Many would be surprised to learn that the town harbored a dark secret for many years. Not far from the town, tiny graves dot a section of the Jacksonville City Cemetery called “Baby Heaven”, and serve as an eternal reminder of the horrors once suffered here.
Camp Lejeune was a toxic hell, as Mike Magner explained in ‘A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune’. Between 1957 and 1987, hundreds of thousands of military families consumed water which was contaminated with solvents such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE). A building once used to store and mix pesticides such as DDT was turned into a day-care center; a civilian worker says he buried 50 drums of either mustard gas or nerve gas there.
For many years, babies were born with birth defects with disturbing regularity, a child even born without a cranium. The rate of childhood cancer was astounding, 15.7 times higher than the national average. A 2003 federal study showed that the rate of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly was 265 times higher than the national average. An astounding 73 men have been diagnosed with breast cancer, resulting in the largest documenting clumping of male breast cancer cases thus far.
The horrors that occurred can never be undone, but there is compensation for those who suffered as a result. The Veterans Administration has established a presumption of service connection for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight diseases:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
Presently, these conditions are the only ones for which there is sufficient scientific and medical evidence to support the creation of presumptions associated with exposure to containments at Camp Lejeune.
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