Obama to sign bill helping Lejeune water victims
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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The man who has led the fight for information about the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune will be at the Oval Office when President Obama signs a bill providing health care for those who suffered illnesses because of the toxins.

Jerry Ensminger of Elizabethtown will be at the White House on Monday, when Obama is expected to sign the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. Ensminger's daughter, Janey, died at the age of 9 of a rare form of childhood leukemia.

The bill provides health benefits to Marines and family members exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune from 1957 to 1987. Congress approved the bill last week.

Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted groundwater

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in Vieques, Puerto Rico, the US Navy dropped around 1 trillion pounds of explosives over 1/2 century of bombing practice here; napalm, conventional weapons and depleted uranium projectiles; Vieques has 30% higher cancer case rate than the rest of Puerto Rico... together with exagerrated levels of respiratory illnesses, heart problems, diabetes, among other ills...
however, the Navy and Obama deny any relationship between US military toxics and our health crisis....

the president did send campaign officials here during the D party primaries... and a letter to PR governor just before the elections promising a serious effort to alleviate Vieques situation...

the people of Vieques are made of the same stuff as the people who got sick from military carelessness at Camp Lejeune...

hate to accuse the pres. of environmental racism... but... what else are we to think?