JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) — Congress is once again considering a bill to provide federal health care for veterans and family members who say they’ve suffered because of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that Rep. Brad Miller introduced the legislation earlier this month. A similar bill was introduced last year, but it failed to make headway.
Marine veteran Jerry Ensminger (ENZE’mingh-ur) says he’s optimistic the bill has a better chance of gaining bipartisan support this time.
Ensminger has been active in uncovering details about contaminated water at the base since the 1985 death of his nine-year-old daughter, Janey.
Wells at the base were contaminated by fuel leaks and other sources of pollution. As many as one million people may have been exposed to tainted water.
Information from: The Daily News, http://www.jdnews.com
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