My old Marine got the poison-toxins double-whammy during his military service–Agent Orange and at Camp Lejeune . We know AO has caused damage; CL has been on our radar due to posts on Asknod, various news reports and the registry.
A urologist he saw this week commented on the failure of the VA to acknowledge the association between AO and bladder cancer. But he had not heard anything about Camp Lejeune and the bladder cancer nexus.
The 2015 VA Fact Sheet IB 10-449 (LINK) CAMP LEJEUNE: PAST WATER CONTAMINATION is obsolete after recent developments.
The Camp Lejeune Water Contaminated Veterans rule in 82 FR 4173. has an effective date of March 14th, 2017 and no earlier.
As Ryan Spencer, a Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney, (LINK) sees the final rule this way:
“It is good because it expands the scope of coverage to include National Guard and Reservists who otherwise would not be eligible for benefits. Additionally, it adds some diseases not allowed under the prior 2012 Act.
However, it is troubling that older cases that have been denied and appealed are barred from using this rule in upcoming decisions. As it stands, current Veterans who have appealed prior claims have no right to use the provisions of this new and favorable rule solely because their case was already denied. Essentially, it is as if the rule was never passed into law.”
He is being polite. This is the same type of strategy the VA used to hurt veterans who would have benefited in the Staab (LINK) case concerning Emergency Care. It helps veterans and community hospitals only after the date of the (delayed) favorable ruling.
Posts about Camp Lejeune on Asknod began 2012. In descending chronological order (newest to oldest):
(Kiedove on 2/8/17) Lejeune final rule: March 14, 2017 (LINK)
- Article link from Frank.
(Alex on 4/3/16) BVA–THE NEW PRESUMPTIVES FROM CAMP OF THE YOUNG (LINK)
- (BVA ) An depth must-read about Jane Vet’’s CL breast cancer, who in 2010, represented by DAV, led her to proceed without an IMO. Her VA cancer doc hedged but was supportive. Another VA doc threw her under the bus because she didn’t have male breast cancer, the more studied concern.
- The judge found the medical evidence was in equipoise and found in Jane Vet’s favor in this case.
(Alex on 7/18/13 BVA–HCV FROM CAMP LEJEUNE H2O (LINK)
“Holy carcinogenic crap, Batman. Say it ain’t so. From the BVA archives comes this 2013 gemstone. With an attorney no less, this Vet may have a problem. Let’s recite this one more time for all the hard of hearing. HCV is caused by a v-i-r-u-s. Carcinogens cause cancer, not HCV.”
(Alex on 11/9/12) CAMP LEUKEMIA BREAST CANCER IN MEN (LINK)
- Title is self explanatory.
(Alex on 11/14/12) CANCER AND CAMP LEJEUNE (LINK)
- MSNBC. Link dead now but NBC has published many reports on CL.
(Alex on 10/8/12) CAMP LEJEUNE SURPRISE (LINK)
Link from Shawn & classic commentary from Alex.
“VA rule #1– You lose (always)
rule #2— If it appears you are going to win, refer back to #1
We let a few win (15%) to keep the Congressmen off our backs.”
(Alex on 8/1/12) CAMP OF THE YOUNG BILL PASSES BOTH HOUSES (LINK)
- “The Marines are going to take it in the shorts when they publish the list.”
(Alex on 7/6/12) CAMP LEJEUNE UPDATE 7/2012 (LINK)
- Link to ABC News video; poignant comment from Debi.
(Alex on 2/23/12) CAMP LEJEUNE DOCUMENTARY
- Important background and remembrance of Jerry Ensminger’s little angel, Janey:
(Alex on 2/18/12) New Camp Lejeune Update (LINK)
- Representative Miller,
“…If you have in fact discovered a 3 billion dollar coverage provided to the VA in their budget, why are you asking the Secretary to do something that you could make him do by passing HR-1742? You have had that bill sitting in your committee for nearly a year and you haven’t even allowed the HVAC to consider it!…”.Jerry Ensminger
Did I miss any? I’ll try to come up with a simple Fact Sheet myself to share with the urologist who may, who knows, share it with other staffers. The older infographic below deals with health care for the afflicted.
Hadit.com (keyword search “Camp Lejeune” brings up many useful articles.)
CDC: THE ATSDR PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT 1/20/17 (LINK) 202 pages-pdf.
Civilian Exposure–Focused on CL and other military installations toxic situations.