Monday, March 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Marines affected by tainted water should file VA claim

puntillo column sig

By
From page A11 | August 17, 2012 |

President Barack Obama recently signed the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, which included recognition of a water contamination problem that occurred at Camp Lejeune, N.C., between 1957 and 1987.

During that time, Marines and their families living at the base apparently bathed in and ingested tap water contaminated with harmful chemicals. An undetermined number of former base residents later developed cancer or other ailments, which many blame on the contaminated drinking water.

In 2009, the federal government initiated investigations into the allegations of contaminated water. The contamination appears to have affected the water from two of the eight water treatment plants on the base. The main chemicals involved were volatile organic compounds, such as the dry cleaning solvent perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene, a degreaser; however, more than 70 chemicals have been identified as contaminants at Camp Lejeune.

The Marine Corps has since cleaned up the water supply and safe water is being supplied to Camp Lejeune and its residents.

In 1999, the Marine Corps began notifying former base residents that they might have consumed contaminated water. The notifications were directed by a federal health study examining possible birth defects among children born at the base during the contamination years.

At this time, there is insufficient scientific and clinical evidence to establish a presumptive association between service at Camp Lejeune during the period of water contamination and the development of certain diseases.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is closely monitoring new research. VA representatives regularly attend the quarterly Community Action Panel meetings hosted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis as they are not presumptive at this time.

 If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune, were in the military from 1957 through 1987 and you have cancer or any unexplained illness, you should contact the Solano Veterans Service Office and file a claim with the VA.

 If you lived or worked at Camp Lejeune prior to 1987, you may register at https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/index.aspx to receive notifications from the Marine Corps with regard to Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water. While all the facts are not in on this issue, it is recommended that all veterans who have served at this Marine base during the aforementioned time frame with illnesses that could be tied to this exposure should file a claim for service-connected disability by coming into our office.

The families of these veterans who lived on this base during that time should register on the above website and get more information.

Ted Puntillo is director of Veteran Services for Solano County. Reach him at 784-6590 or [email protected] The Solano County Veteran Services Office, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield, is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 5 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rafael BadilloJanuary 07, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    I was station at CLNC from 1978-1984. My first son was born at the Naval Hospital in 1982. His been having problems ever since. My second son was born in 1990 at the Beaufort Naval Hospital in South Carolina. He has been diagnose with marfan syndrome, Ascending aortic aneurysm, Pectus excavatum:s/p Nuss bar placement and removal, Multiple spontaneous pneumothoraces; s/p pleurodesis surgery, Scoliosis; s/p posterior fusion sugery (staged x2), restrictive lung disease, chronic chest and back pain, ventricular tachycardia and hypertension. He was born with Marfan syndrome with the associated conditions described above. Could the contaminated water had anything to do with my son having the diagnose mention above and are they eligible for any kind of benefits Please help me. R. Badillo 1sgt USMC/Ret

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Richard Goris.September 19, 2014 - 11:08 am

    I am still alive to this day, and blessed buy the lord, to be here in his presents, the reason why someone would purposly tant the water is , not known, maybe the person who tainted the water needed mental insurance, and was just realeased out of a mental institution, someone undid that persons straight jacket and let them out of there padded room. or maybe life insurance played a part, for all those benificiaries that made out financilly after several deaths where reported a sad way to make money though. that retard that contaminated the water should be placed back into the mental institution where they came from, or cancel everyones termlife insurance. signed richard.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Wayne MichaelOctober 29, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Let's see, in only 4 years in the Corps I got a lung infection called ARD while at Camp Geiger resulting in 51 days in the Naval Hospital at Lejeune,exposed to Hep C either through injection guns or a Gammagoblin injection prior to going to Vietnam,Type 2 diabetis and a soft tissue sarcoma due to Agent Orange exposure and now this.How I'm still alive is one of life's great mysteries.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • George GassnerOctober 31, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    My wife and I were living at Camp Lajeune barracks and Terrara Terrace during 1953-1955. Why are we not included under the 1957-1987 dates. The umbrella dates seem arbitrary.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • gloria guardadoNovember 14, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    i lived on camp lejeune from january 1975 to 1976. my first son was born on base. my second son was born in california in 1978. at the age of only months old he had had ear infections every 3 months. by the time he was 1 1/2 he had his tonsils removed. on sept. 9,2013 he was diagnoist with esophagus cancer and passed away feb. 14,2014.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Christians begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday celebrations

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
2 drivers killed in same area, an hour apart

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1

Easter activities, events abundant

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
My guide to dining out

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

Top young spellers to compete for Solano title

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3

 
Police investigate shooting off North Texas Street

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Vallejo police seek leads in weekend homicide

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Local governments post week’s meeting times

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Biz Buzz: Re/Max hires new Realtor

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Biz Buzz: PAL receives donation from glass company

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Biz Buzz: Wiseman officer names Perez to key post

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

.

US / World

Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Analysis finds unequal pay for women on California Capitol

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Songwriter injured in California crash; motorcyclist killed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Police: 2 bodies found in NYC building explosion rubble

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria’s Hama

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Air Canada plane makes hard landing short of Halifax runway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Small tsunami generated in Pacific after earthquake

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
.

Opinion

Venezuela, Argentina deluding themselves

By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A8

 
Personal accounts drive CARB hearings

By Betty Plowman | From Page: A8

Who speaks for our Founding Fathers?

By Mike Kirchubel | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: March 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: March 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: March 30, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

 
Parenting: If a father is abusive, a mother must act

By The Washington Post | From Page: B8

 
Horoscopes: March 31, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B8

.

Entertainment

TVGrid March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
TVGrid March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Oakland OF Josh Reddick won’t be ready for start of season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

California Chrome heads to Britain, to race at Royal Ascot

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Vettel wins Malaysian GP to end Mercedes streak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Joe Gibbs on son: most courageous person I’ve been around

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Chodounsky defends slalom title at US Alpine Championships

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

South Carolina earns 1st Final Four berth, beats FSU 80-74

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Turner says Saturday regional finals highest-rated in decade

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Apology for wrong anthem for El Salvador before game in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Montoya holds off Power to give Penske 1-2 sweep at St. Pete

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Stanford’s Randle chases school scoring record, title at NIT

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Cain goes 4 innings in Giants win over LA

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Graveman pitches into 7th inning as A’s beat Brewers 7-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Robert Roberts

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Janice Jewel Thompson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Blondie March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Pickles March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Get Fuzzy March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sally Forth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

For Better or Worse March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Baldo March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Dilbert March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

B.C. March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Wizard of Id March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Beetle Bailey March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Peanuts March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Bridge March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Crossword March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Peanuts March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Baldo March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Rose is Rose March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Beetle Bailey March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

For Better or Worse March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Dilbert March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Garfield March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Pickles March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Zits March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sally Forth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Get Fuzzy March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Wizard of Id March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Baby Blues March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Frank and Ernest March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

B.C. March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Cryptoquote March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Crossword March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Word Sleuth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Bridge March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8