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Camp LeJeune Contaminated Drinking Water Study

Updated on February 4, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Attention All U.S.Marines

We, like many of you, were stationed at Camp LeJeune for part of the time that my husband was in the Corps. That was back in the late 1970s and early 1980s and we lived in base housing, along with thousands of other Marine families, utilizing the various systems that were provided for us.

Last week while at an appointment at the Veteran's Hospital we were given a paper by another Marine, and this is my way of passing on the information.

We all may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water.

The Notice

If you were at LeJeune, North Carolina between 1957 and 1987 you may have been exposed to contaminates in your drinking water. The Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, which is a federal public health agency is currently looking into this situation to see whether or not any potential health risks are associated with the contaminated water.

The study is scheduled to run through the middle of 2008. The Marine Corps has officially stated that they will then notify former residents with the results of the study.

If you were there during those years, then you are asked to register at the United States Marine Corps site .

Asbestos and.....

Apparently in the early 80's the Marine Corps had reason to think that there was asbestos coating from the raw pipes leaching into the water supply. As the water continued to be tested at Camp Grainger it became obvious that there were also various VOC compounds in the water that was supplying base housing on Tarrawa Terrace, one and two, as well as Camp LeJeune.

In 1984 the wells identified as supplying the contaminated water were shut down, and included the water supply for TT1 and TT2 as well as Hadnot Point.

But that doesn't seem to be all. Apparently Camp LeJeune's water supply was polluted from 1957 until 1987 by TCE, which is a chemical degreasing solvent, and PCE, a toxic chemical dry cleaning agent. These chemicals came from a dry cleaning store near the base, according to government sources.

We, who lived at Camp LeJeune, were exposed to between 70 and 200 micrograms of PCE per liter of water. Maximum allowable levels set by the EPA is 5 micrograms per liter. Yep. FIVE.

Part of the problem is that the groundwater in that area is a mere ten feet below the surface so pollutants leach in to it very rapidly. I am continuing to research and will update this article with links and information as I find out more. And there is more. Vast amounts of information if you know where to look.

Current information is that the toxins are "unlikely" to affect adults, however there was some question on the effects on unborn children that would have been exposed to the toxins in the mother's system.

To date more than 800 Marines have filed claims. The investigating committee has considered filing claims against certain people because there seems to have been an attempt to cover up this information.

Now that is a surprise, isn't it?

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Some of the Illnesses

The various compounds found in the water are linked to the following illnesses. There are more but these are the most common

  • liver cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • breast cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • lung cancer
  • leukemia
  • non Hodgkins lymphoma
  • liver disease
  • miscarriages
  • birth defects :cleft palate, heart defects, Choanal atresia, neural tube defects, low birth weight, and small size for gestational age

What Can You Do?

If you are part of those Marines, and families of Marines that were exposed to these toxins then register at the site.

Talk to your family doctor, and give him the web address so he can educate himself to your potential needs, and tests that need to be done. If you are having health problems be sure to mention this study and ask if there are any potential links.

If you feel you are having related health problems go to The Stand (loink below) and follow the directions to fill out your form 95. It needs to be filed as soon as possible

Take control of your own health, as always.


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      rifleman 8 months ago

      can inhaling the steam while showering cause asthma

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      jg1956 4 years ago

      can drinking contaminated water at camp lejeune cause asthma. please let me.

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      AllanSVA 5 years ago

      I believe that they will never know or admit the true scope of the effects from the contaminated water. My wife and I were at Camp Lejeune from 1999-2006 but lived very close to the base. My wife was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in 2003 and one of our dogs was also diagnosed with a pituitary tumor several years layer. My wife was later diagnosed with Rheaumatoid Arthritis after years of pain with her muscles and joints. Can any potential exposure be definitively linked to the illness? Most likely not but there will forever remain the question. Just because they limit the exposure to a set period of time and residing on base does not truly answer all of questions. Was there the potential that the chemicals leached into the surrounding water reservoirs and was there contamination remaining to act as a trigger for susceptible individuals?

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      DAILEY EDDIE SSGT 5 years ago


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      T. FLOYD 5 years ago


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      Ramon E Morales 6 years ago

      I was with Co H 2nd Bn 2nd Mar, came home on leave but was admitted to the US Naval Hospital St. Albans NY on 20Apr59 and was there for 9 days, very high fever, I recall being very sick, to the point were a chaplin came and laid a purple stole over me and asked me if I wanted to confess. to this date I have problems with my stomach but I have never made a claim for it. I registered with Camp Lejune but have never received any paperwork.

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      Misty 6 years ago

      Any problems with water contamination at Cherry Point in the 60"s ? Grandfather was there for 6 months. One child died of leukemia and his wife died of cancer?

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      Cathy Bennett 6 years ago

      We were posted to Lejeune on a NATO exchange 85-88 we lived on Delaware Avenue on the main daughter was 7 years old when we arrived. Since our return, I have had a heart attack and rheumatoid have skin can daughter however, six miscarriages, an ectopic and then breast cancer at the age of it linked I bet it is! Did the government tell us......neither the US government or the UK government!!!!

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      Jamie Koval 6 years ago

      My son-in-law and daughter are currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, should I worry about them and the water? I also visit 2x a year with my granddaughter shouls I also be concerned about our health?

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      alice mazorra 6 years ago

      My father, Major Gordon Helander, was diagnosed with breast cancer around 2005. He was stationed at camp LeJeune in the 50's.

      Please contact me if you'd like

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      duane 6 years ago

      i lived at the base in 61 ...i was 2 years old and stayed there till i was 4 ...i have had meninjidus...almost die...colon cancer ....and lung sister was born there in 63 see has had lucimea..and many other things ...

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      cucuy21 6 years ago

      I was stationed at Cherry Point Air Station during the period 12/80 thru 01/83. My family and I spent many weekends at Camp Lejeune visiting friends and fishing. Needless to say, we also consumed the water on base and at base housing. My youngest daughter was born at Cherry Point and suffers from Scleroderma. She was diagnosed with this disease as a young child. I was diagnosed with Sjogrens, Chronic Fatique Syndrome, weekly migraines, memory loss, hypertension, and arthritis which required both hips to be replaced. I left the Marines in 1999 and have been filing claims since that year. The approach that the VA takes is a slow process which leads me to believe that they want us to die so that our claims will die with us. This is a national disgrace and I feel as though I wasted 20 years of my life in service to this nation. I will do everything possible to keep my children out of the military and I encourage you to do the same. Let Congress bring back the draft so that every family can have a share of the disgraceful treatment veterans receive. Perhaps this will finally make Congress initiate changes that will improve our treatment if they see their kids suffer. "Support Our Troops" is a joke.

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      rewinn 6 years ago

      There's a bill going through Congress to get medical care for y'all but the joker is ... it will be paid for by a tax hike on servicemembers & veterans. (TEchnically, not a tax hike ... merely an increase in the money you pay to the government when you by stuff at Commissary. Same difference ... and if you don't tell your Congresscritter you object to this, expect to be hit again!) Details at

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      Jeffrey M 6 years ago

      I was stationed at French Creek housing location in Camp Lejune from 1985 thru 87. I worked in the mess halls in supply subsistence. Ordering all food supplies, and keeping track of the inventory. Sense 2002, I have had Barretts Esophagus, Retinal Tears, Became a full blown Type 1 diabetic. Has not been good but keeping up the fight working full time.

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      Michael D. MOWERY 7 years ago

      I was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1961 thru 1964. 2/6 and 2dAnti-tank Bn. Early 2000, I was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. As everyone knows you drank a lot of water while there. Currently have claim in with VA. Received letter from VA wanting me to run test at their Hospital. So far everything sounds good. the VA is the one that diagnosed me with the B/C. Been fighting them for years? Maybe THIS examination will brin it to an end? But, I doubt it?

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      Doreen Irwin 7 years ago

      I was stationed in Camp LeJeune in the 1970s also. My children all some kinds of ailments. All three of them are adults now and have their own children. All three of them have chronic back pains, their knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow joint pains. My oldest daughter always had memory mishaps to this day. She call to tell me something and will forget what it is. My 2nd daughter has a skin condition since birth and her eyes have 1/2 moon shaped pure white marks in the dark part of the eyes. My son was born with a very high mole in the center of his back that is getting higher. All of there vision are to wear they had to wear glasses at the beginning of their school years. My grandchildren have asthma from birth and one had adhd. Me, my bones in every joints have been in pain to where I take medication just to function. Please keep me informed as to what goes on with this water study. Thank you

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      Luxury Camping 7 years ago

      Hi Marye,

      Good luck for everything.

      And kudos to passing on the information to all.

      Best to you.

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      Sherry L 7 years ago

      I was stationed at Camp Lejeune in June 1984 - Sept 1984 at Courthouse bay for training as a 1341 HE Diesel Mech. We didn't stay at Courthouse bay! Every chance we got, we went to mainside. I now have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Asthma. I know in my heart it is connected. I started having symptoms after being discharged. I'm looking for any former Marine who was stationed at Courthouse Bay at that time who is now having problems. OR anyone who has developed an autoimmune disease who was stationed there.

      My email is = Please contact me, my va disability claim has been "deferred" for the RA and Asthma. I could use any help available.

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      Jeff Nelson 7 years ago

      I was stationed at Camp LeJeune from 1985-1987. I contracted a connective tissue disease (Raynauds) in 1988 and was diagnosed with Lupus and Scleroderma in 1990. I was only 23 when the symptoms first hit: the doctors were befuddled because of no family history, young age, and a healthy lifestyle. At 33, all of my joints siezed up and I went on prednisone and HCL. The docs also checked my kidneys for cancer (my kidneys still bleed to this day). I am doing better now but have just found out about the toxins in the water. I am very disappointed at how this entire scenario has been handled. I pray for all the families of my Marine Corps brothers. God bless.

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      Lonnie H. 7 years ago

      I was at Camp LeJeune(MAINSIDE)from 85-86 with 2/6 & 3/6, i have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis with no family history along with high blood plessure, rashes that no doctor can determine,ringing in the ears,blurred vision, severe headaches and migraines and depression.So is there anyone else who have these symtoms and would this be related to the contaminated water? Please e-mail me @ am total disabled and have filed for va disabilty but have not heard anything yet!

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      PhilipCrockett 7 years ago

      Where are the answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Henry1978 7 years ago

      I was stationed @ LeJeune 77-79 I also have joint pain and muscle spasms, high blood pressure, Acid reflux, bad vision, Sleep apnea real bad and diabetes. I always wondered how I got all this. No one else in the family has all this. My Brother (former Marine ) died a couple years ago from cancer. VA finally said it was from agent orange, they were always telling him it was arthritis and I will always say Semper Fi cause that is our Moto and it meant a lot to me and my brother " Semper Fi "

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      Marye Audet 7 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Even if you are unsure you should report it to the listed agencies.

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      MrBeau62 7 years ago

      I am a 53 yr old former Marine that was stationed at Camp Johnson for 6 month's each time, I have a congestive heart failure problem and I am not sure if this is connected to this drinking problem, but this started when I was 36. I now have Atrail Fibralation and congestive Heart failure, I am not sure of who I should contact because I am not sure this is connected with the water, I do not have a family history of this I am not sure of what to do!!

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      De'Lair T.M. 7 years ago

      I'm I the only one to get sick with a strange illness, that can't be diagnosed. Symptoms are severe fever, violent body shakes,and chills, being left with memory loss, and reduction in cognative thought process. I you or anyone you know has these symptoms please contact me @ .

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      anthony e 8 years ago

      i was stationed at camp lejune in 1974 -1975 then I was stationed in Iwakuni Japan, and started having problems with joint pain and have been suffering for years ,it's a dadamn shame and when you file for disability the freaking turn you down ,So much for semper fi!!!!!!!!

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      Bill K. 8 years ago

      I was stationed at Camp Geiger in 1962 and then again at LeJeune with the 6th Marines from December 1963 until early 1965,and then wth the 2nd Service Battalion until January 1966. My thyroid gland stopped working about 20 years ago, and I have had bladder cancer. I signed up to be included in the study of the water contamination issue, and asked to be advised of the results. I received a form letter signed by the Assistant Deputy Commandant, Major General E.G. Payne, stating that the NRC summarized their findings in a report brief which came with the letter. What a "WhiteWash Job". So much for Semper Fi!

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      Robert NC 8 years ago

      I was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1976 to 1978. I to have many unexplained joint pains and muscle spasms. I was dismayed to find that the very Corps that I hold dear could cover up such a horrable thing. May we all receive the help and support we deserve.

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      Ozell 8 years ago

      I also have ason that has crohns disease. He was born in 69 after Lejeune. He has had numerous surgeries and now has a colostomy. He only has maybee 4" of large intestine left. He cannot have children. Was diagonised when he was 21. He had been married for 6 monts when they diagonised it. The doctors did not know why he has this disease and says there is no cure. Do you think this couble be some side effects of the water at Lejeune?

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      tommy spencer 8 years ago

      i was at lejuene from 1983 to1986 and i,ve been out of the marines since 89. i started having promblems about 6 mos before i got out and filed for service connect disability and 6yrs later was granted 10 percent.since then i,ve managed to get up to 30 percent but i,m fightin for more cuz i,m really unemployable,serious scapula problems and its degenerative meaning it gets worse wit time and i,m catching hell trying to get an increase. i haven't file my claim concerning the lejuene water contamination but u bet yo butt i,m gonna i,m registered already but i just found out that many jarheads and their families were i have work to do

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      Randy Russell 8 years ago

      I was diagnosed withB-cell foluculer non hodgkines lymphoma this type of cancer is caused by contamination,This was told to me by my oncolagist. He is a specialist in lymphoma this wasin july 2007 16 months later the dept.of the navy informs me of my exsposure. in that letter the said I would just now start seeing the affects.

      so I showed my doctor the letter,His response was Well at least you know where your cancer came from most dont.The time line fits perfectly there is no dought in my mind or my doctors but will anything be done. I was denied any help from the VA so I must live with a cancer with no cure

      I was diagnosed

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      Dan Kienle 8 years ago

      Lejeune was my first duty station, 10th marines, at 28 developed lung problems, two collapsed lungs after discharge 7 years later, then at 50 colon cancer, I plan to file an action if I can I am now 65.

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      Budnik 8 years ago

      Hello, I'm am currently stationed In Camp LeJune living in the barracks and just for a heads up, as of two (2)days ago I have heard people talking about drinking the water here is still not a good idea and there are still contaminants in the water that are still being filterd out.

      It's not for sure but thats what's going around so I'm not taking any chances as a young Marine here.

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      Debbie 8 years ago

      My Husband was stationed @ LeJeune 1974-1976 & Again 1978-1979. He died from a rare Cancer in 2005 @ 52 yrs old. I lived @ LeJeune w/ him 1978-1979. I've had endless medical problems since living there. Allergies, migraines, asthma, heart arrythemia, infertility, miscarriages,& A still born w/ a severe neural tube defect. I only found out about this last week after the CNN story. I've filed w/ the vA & contacted a lawyer. I hope this doesn't become another uphill battle that goes on for years. The military KNOWS they are at fault & they need to make this right [as much as "compensation" can make anything right] How do you conpensate for a lifetime of misery & loss? This is TOTALLY disgraceful but unfortunately not suprising. What is amazing to me is the MC KNEW of the contamination & REOPENED those wells after they were closed when they were having a water shortage in the 80's!! UNBELIEVEABLE !!!!!!!!!!

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      Mike Lipka 8 years ago

      In Jan.2008 I was operated on for the 3rd time for Renal Cancer. Since 2001 they have taken pcs of me starting with my right kidney. Are they waiting for us to die off like they did with the ww2 guys.I thought w"we take care of our own"meant more than this.

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      jane cunningham 8 years ago

      I was stationed as a dependent at camp lajeune abt 1960 lived there for five years.....have had a lifelong problem with fatigue.....have never understood...has this happened to anyone else....doctors can't explain

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      David robinson 8 years ago

      as a marine in 74 and 76-80. i have lots of medical problems memory loss and major joint and muscle pain with loss to phrireal vision . have had every test consevable for strokes alzhimers and many mri"s. I told my doc and he is finally reading up in these chemicals everyone should here also. these chemicals cause more then just cancers, they have long term affet on the body. like "agent orange" they show up later in life. have filed for compensation with the v.a. lets see what happens. congress has a bill to pass ordering the v.a. to take care of all the marines and families that were affected. sounds like a lot of us.

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      beth 8 years ago

      i am a 41 yr old female vetetran whose father was stationed at camp lejune from 1972- 1977 at hadnot. I have several unexplained health problems, liver, muscles, joints, i use a walker, shower chair, fighting for va disability for three years maybe this will help now. thanks

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      Fellicia 8 years ago

      Im 20 years old and have rheumatoid arthritis. My dad was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 84 to early 88 and I was conceived about 2 months after he got out. Arthritis doesn't run in my family at all and I was wondering if it could be because of the water pollution at Lejeune?

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      Robert E 8 years ago

      I lived at Camp Lejuene in 1984, and was stationed at Courthouse Bay. The water there wasn't the best, but the water we consumed out of the mobile water containers ( Water Buffalos ) was terrible. This water was transportedto us while engaged in field work. I vividly remember the bitter, and vile taste of this water. The source of the well in which this water was obtained is unknown. We were laboring in harsh conditions of high temperatures and humidity. Two options were available. Drink the water and hydrate your body, or suffer heat exhaustion or stroke. Most of us consumed the water. I have probable cause to believe that the water we consumed was contaminated.

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Strange when it comes to being against war some top government officials call us unpatriotic and say were not supporting the troops yet when it comes to supporting them when they really need help they say sorry we can't help you!Now that's real patriotic. 

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      Lance D Clements 8 years ago

      I must make a correction to the comment I just posted, I meant to state that I was stationed at CAMP LeJune, NC from 1984-1985. NOT 1985-1986. Thanks.

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      Lance D Clements Sr 8 years ago

      Hello to everyone reading this. I was stationed at Camp Lejune, N.C in 1985-86. Almost immediately after being transferred to 3RD MAW in El Toro, CA I became EXTREMELY ILL and had to have surgery for what was thought to be appendicitis. However, it turns out that I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease. I was immediately discharged with a 30% disability and told that I had only 10 yrs to live. During that time I did all that i wanted to accopmplish such as becoming a police officer and pro MMA fighter. But from 1986 until the present, and continuing, I also developed a whole laundry list of illness's that had no known cause or source that my physician(s) could figure out. These included, but are not limited to, various forms of arthritis from osteoarthritis, to degenerative arthritis, osteoporosis, to inflammatory arthritis, Lupus (SLE), PLEURISY (which attacks the lungs and is very painful) and other forms of joint disease. I have had to have almost my entire spinal column fused together from my cervical to my lumbar regions. I have had over 30 major operations and am on enough narcotic pain killers to kill an entire herd of elephants many times over and even that does not touch my pain throughout my body when it really gets going. I have many and multiple migrain headaches often several times a week and hypertension from the various medications that are given me to try to help fight the various illness's I am diagnosed with and that are known to casue high blood pressure, beside just the pain. Despite over 24 yrs of documentation by both my civilian doctors as well as the V.A'S own doctors that have treated me, the V.A has repeatedly denied my claims for increased disability compensation, claiming that they "can find no medical documentation that shows any connection between any of my illness's or the medications that are prescribed to me, and my service connected condition". I am currently on S.S.D and though social security says that i am totally and completely disabled as a result of the medical documentation and that they find that all the conditions are related, the V.A refuses to even consider that ruling. This in spite of the fact that a recent form sent to me by the V.A states that they, supposedly, have to take a social security finding of total disability into consideration!!!! I have been fighting the V.A now for over 20 + yrs. I have the D.A.V currently attempting to assist me but the V.A is now stating that all of the information provided to them over the last 20+ yrs that I have been attempting to get my disability increased, will not be considered as it is not "new" evidence and that they are not required to consider "old" evidence that they have already previously had to look at and consider, even if they were wrong in denying the previous requests for disability based on the evidence submitted and of which showed that there is a connection between all my illness's and my service connected condition and or the medications used to fight them. My doctor, both civilian and V.A were shocked and floored by this from the V.A. I have had several elected officials weigh in on my behalf on this subject but the V.A has refused to budge. Making it even more interesting is the fact that i received a letter from the V.A admitting to 1) losing my claim for more then a yr and 2) shredding several of the documents and other forms of evidence that proved my claims are all related!!! When asked what they intend to do about this we have been met with either silence or else have been told by various V.A rep's that they are "under orders to admit nothing about ,nor speak to me or my representatives about, anything having to do with the document shredding". Now, I only recently received the information that showed that I was contaminated from the poisioned drinking water at Camp Lejune and have re-submitted my evidence to the V.A along with the letters from the DoD and Marine Corps showing that I was there during that time period and listing the known and suspected health problems that I as well as both my ex-wives and children have come down with and of which the doctors had previously been puzzled as to what the source for these health problems could be. It will be interesting to see what the V.A has to say about this to. I am wondering how many other Marines or their families, have come down with the health problems that I or my family have. We have experienced Leukemia (AML) when there is no known family history of this, 2miscarriages, two of my children were born with deformed feet/toes and have unknown rashes that multiple doctors have not been able to diagnose, as have I, breathing/lung problems i myself and my children (I do not smoke nor have I ever and my children are way too young). I went from being a body building 5' 10" 245 muscled pound man to only a shell of a man now. I am 43 yrs old but am told that I have the brittle bones of an unhealthy man over 70 yrs of age. All of my physicians are in agreement that my health conditions are only going to get worse, not better and that all that can be done for me is to try and ease my pain and discomfort and occasionally do surgery when the conditions get bad enough, but that is only a "stopgap" measure. There are no known cures for my illness's. And despite this, the V.A claims that i am a "perfectly healthy male, who appears to have a desire for multiple narcotics". and that while they admit that my health records do reflect that i have the various medical problems claimed that "in their opinion, both I and my treating sources are exaggerating the extent of my health condition(s)". Since when is the V.A able to make medical decisions based on a person they have never laid eyes on, and when there is more then 30 different treating health professionals who completely and totally disagree with the V.A's findings? These men and women medical personell are the ones who have examined me, treated me and operated on me for more then 20 yrs!!!! and the V.A can simply ignore them? this seems incredible if not down right illlegal. I am currently on Fentanyl, Hydromorphone and Opana just to try and keep the paina and bay and to try to allow me to have as much as a "normal" functional life as possible. I am also on various steroids to combat the Lupus and Crohns as well as the arthritic conditons, but these medications have side effects and health problems of their own that i now must also contend with. I have had to use Prednisone (supplied to me by the v.a) for over 20 yrs now. This medication is extremely well known to cause hypertension with long term use. My doctors ( all of them ) have stated in no uncertain terms that this has caused my high blood pressure and the V.A even pays for the 3 types of blood pressure medications I have to take (as well as the potassium that i have to also take because one of the blood pressure meds depletes this from the body) and yet they claim that "there is no medically known connection between taking prednisone and either my arthrits nor my high blood "pressure". When I pointed out that right in their own medical records it states "this patient is being prescribed the following blood pressure medications for high blood pressure which, in my medical opinion, is caused by his long term and high dose use of prednisone required for his service connected condition, Crohns disease." The V.A simply says that they have made a decision and that without "new" and "different" evidence that this matter is closed and cannot be considered for a disability ratings increase, even if it can be shown that they errored in their decision making"!!! is this not incredible???? I would welcome any comments out there or stories of same or similar experiences. You may even write me at: TERMN8OR3000@YAHOO.COM. Thank you for all the information you are all providing out there and "Semper Fi"

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      frankh 8 years ago

      i was stationed at le jeune twodifferent times the first in1978 the second from january 1981 thru separation in may 1982 at which time these studys were supposed to be in full swing. i received my notification inaugust 2008, my question and i ask it the second time i got them on the phone is why it took so long to notify of this situation and was told that it was part of the ongoing water study. mywife and i have not been able to have children she always suggested that i may be sterile. being a marine for seven years this was not possible. but now that this new information has come to lite ibelieve that it is vary possible.

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      bobby  9 years ago

      i was stationed at camp lejeune in 1987 the water tasted bad but we were required to drink at least two canteens a day but we drank much more

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      Mike P 9 years ago

      Hi Marye,

      Happy New year et Bon fete! I hope all is well. I just wanted to point out to your readers that we are making some progress. Three weeks ago we got ATSDR to agree to revise part of the 1997 Publi Health Assessment from Lejeune. They are going to retract the language that states adults were not affected by the water and change it to unknown. As you know, the UMSC and the VA have been using the PHA to deny service connection to exposures such as your husband. ATSDR will also commence the study of service members stationed at the base between 1975-1985 this year. It is important that everyone register and be counted. This survery will hopefully open the door for the verterans to at least get some help from the VA.

      Hope all is well.

      Mike Partain

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      Former Lady Leatherneck 9 years ago

      Camp Lejeune was my duty station, I worked and lived there. I got married to another Marine and lived just outside of the base, but because the towns water supply had a bad taste my northern taste buds could not get used to we would bring empty one gallon milk containers and fill them daily. This was what I mixed my daughters formula with, she has had numerous miscarrages along with heart, kidney and recently liver disfunctions that her doctors are trying to pinpoint. They at one time told us that it was Lupus for both of us (I suffer from asthma, hypo-thyroidism, and have had breast cancer), both of our primary physicians are at a loss for explainations after all of the testing we have gone through. She is in worst shape then I am medically and is on total bedrest at this writing for the sake of a health delivery of her and my son-in-laws second child. I am not surprise with the militaries mis-handling of this situation as much as being furious at the long 30 year wait period to notify anyone. (I received first notice Sept. 10, 2008) Many of the wives would get the drinking water from the base because we knew of the purification plant on base and thought the water was better!!!

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      thomas l cambron 9 years ago



      ON L STREET.

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Helen, I don't know hwere you would get a list, but surely your brother knows when he was stationed there?

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      Helen 9 years ago

      Anyone know where i can find a list of service men and women that were enlisted during these times as My brother spent 4 yrs in and had a son born with major developmental problems including his head growing faster than his body. He had so called matured his abilities to that of a 18 month old child .. he can walk but not normally which is a blessing and a miracle But this child was conceived right after my brother served for OUR country !!!My brother always thought it could be his fault But I think there is much more involved

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas


      My husband is in a wheelchair, and suffers from chronic pain. He is on numerous narcotic pain relievers however the VA does not acknowlege that there may be a connection. The know there is nerve damage but don't know why or how. We are fighting for his disability..they have currently got him rated at 20%, or a little over $200. a month. It has been a 2 year fight to get that. We continue to fight but it is draining us financially, emotionally and physically. :/

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      donnaleemason 9 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Good grief Marye, was your family affected?

      It is sickening that if they knew it was happening that they let it go on. And it is worse that it was allowed to happen to the defenders of our nation and their families. Shows how much regard the powers that be have for anyone else.


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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      ah...I can taste the maple syrup now... ;)

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      Mike P 9 years ago

      Je Me souviens!

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      Terry Dyer 9 years ago

      Thank you for the story. Please check out We have been involved with this situation for almost 9 years. We have made many trips to DC and are trying to get help for the survivors of this toxic nightmare.We could use your help!

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Hi Mike..My husband 's familiy is also French Canadian, however I am from an amazingly mixed up heritage. :)

      Good luck to you.

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      Mike P 9 years ago

      I saw your blog about Camp Lejeune. I was born at Camp Lejeune in 1968 and was diagnosed with male breast cancer last year, Here is a link to a story they did on me last week.

      Have you seen There is a lot of good information there too. How are you and your husband doing? Your photograpgh struck me, you remind me of my mother and thought from the name, you maybe French. My mother is Marie Lisette Partain. She is from Quebec. The video has a few stills of her. I live in Florida and have found 14 other families here in Tallahassee who are also sick.


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      Andrea 10 years ago

      If you are looking for more information regarding the Camp Lejeune water contamination, please visit the website of The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten at

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      Marye Audet 10 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Hi Deb, thanks for stopping by

      Desc- give the information to anyone you know that might be affected

      Sapristi- who knows? :/

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      Sapristi! 10 years ago

      I am so sorry for your findings. Are they certain this is no longer a problem up there?

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      teachinmom 10 years ago

      I have a family member that was at LeJeune during the early 80s. I will pass the info along. Thanks.

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      Marye Audet 10 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Very true, Chab, it won't but the compensation does help with the medical bills. :)

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      chabrenas 10 years ago from middle of France

      To all victims and potential victims of this and similar situations around the world - May The Force Be With You.

      Compensation won't cure the hurt, but let us hope the publicity will convince administrators that dithering and hoping the problem will go away is NEVER the right action.