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I've lived through alot of the nightmares which came with being a member of the Armed forces. I also spent 16 years working as a Correctional Deputy Sheriff in Cook County Illinois.
With all that I've seen and done in my life time, Nothing has scarded me more than
when I received that letter from the Marine Corps telling me I was poisoned through the injestion of common drinking water.
I finally got an idea as to why I've had so many medical problems. The V.A. tells me it's not from the water. I've had alot of problems over the years with my kidneys. For some reason I keep producing Kidney Stones. Both my kidneys are filled with them.
I live with my share of psych problems, Mostly the pain of having close friends killed while
engaged in the duties of being a Marine. I'm not knocking the other branchs and to what
each bring to the total defense of our nation, But I am and always will be a Marine first and
always. The problem is that I'm alot older, And hopefully wiser.
I don't want to die in a manner which takes a person and tares them apart from the inside, out. I am truly pissed that the Marine Corps and Navy kept this from us for so many years. In my opinon, I actually would have preferred they had never even contacted me.
I literally am in a constent mindframe of having that knowledge and to what it can do to a person. It's brought back so many memories and now the neverending thoughts of what it has done to my family. It's like having a form of P.T.S.D. The only difference is that this
isn't just bad memories. It's a constant reminder of what it can possibly do to my own mortality. Semper Fi.

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I received that letter from the Marine Corps telling me I was poisoned through the injestion of common drinking water.
I finally got an idea as to why I've had so many medical problems. The V.A. tells me it's not from the water. I've had alot of problems over the years with my kidneys.
Hi Allen -
This is a truly sad story. If you were at Camp Lejeune then you probably already know about the legislation passed several years ago to help you
marines. In 2012, President Obama signed the Janey Ensminger Act into law to begin providing medical care for people who may have been affected by the contamination.
We know that the VA has had problems in the recent past. Hopefully the recent shakeup will provide you with the kind of care you deserve.
Good luck!
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I've lived through alot of the nightmares which came with being a member of the Armed forces. I also spent 16 years working as a Correctional Deputy Sheriff in Cook County Illinois.
With all that I've seen and done in my life time, Nothing has scarded me more than
when I received that letter from the Marine Corps telling me I was poisoned through the injestion of common drinking water.
I finally got an idea as to why I've had so many medical problems. The V.A. tells me it's not from the water. I've had alot of problems over the years with my kidneys. For some reason I keep producing Kidney Stones. Both my kidneys are filled with them.
I live with my share of psych problems, Mostly the pain of having close friends killed while
engaged in the duties of being a Marine. I'm not knocking the other branchs and to what
each bring to the total defense of our nation, But I am and always will be a Marine first and
always. The problem is that I'm alot older, And hopefully wiser.
I don't want to die in a manner which takes a person and tares them apart from the inside, out. I am truly pissed that the Marine Corps and Navy kept this from us for so many years. In my opinon, I actually would have preferred they had never even contacted me.
I literally am in a constent mindframe of having that knowledge and to what it can do to a person. It's brought back so many memories and now the neverending thoughts of what it has done to my family. It's like having a form of P.T.S.D. The only difference is that this
isn't just bad memories. It's a constant reminder of what it can possibly do to my own mortality. Semper Fi.

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They train you to think this. Once a Marine always one.

Thanks for your service... Are you sure these nightmares are from military duty or being a C.O.?

I was in the Nam during the harsh times as the NVA were joining in battles. And I have plenty of Nam Mares, just at certain times of different months. Each year.

173 Airborne Bde. L.R.R.P. then regular Infantry.. 67-68. I re-enlisted to get into battle like I was trained for. A big mistake thinking Kennedy had a point.

But my father was in 10th Special Forces in Germany and he came there to tell them they were his guys. Let's say I was very impressionable.
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America's treatment of the men and women who keep us safe at night is horrendous a lot of the time. It sucks.
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I've lived through alot of the nightmares which came with being a member of the Armed forces. I also spent 16 years working as a Correctional Deputy Sheriff in Cook County Illinois.
With all that I've seen and done in my life time, Nothing has scarded me more than
when I received that letter from the Marine Corps telling me I was poisoned through the injestion of common drinking water.
I finally got an idea as to why I've had so many medical problems. The V.A. tells me it's not from the water. I've had alot of problems over the years with my kidneys. For some reason I keep producing Kidney Stones. Both my kidneys are filled with them.
I live with my share of psych problems, Mostly the pain of having close friends killed while
engaged in the duties of being a Marine. I'm not knocking the other branchs and to what
each bring to the total defense of our nation, But I am and always will be a Marine first and
always. The problem is that I'm alot older, And hopefully wiser.
I don't want to die in a manner which takes a person and tares them apart from the inside, out. I am truly pissed that the Marine Corps and Navy kept this from us for so many years. In my opinon, I actually would have preferred they had never even contacted me.
I literally am in a constent mindframe of having that knowledge and to what it can do to a person. It's brought back so many memories and now the neverending thoughts of what it has done to my family. It's like having a form of P.T.S.D. The only difference is that this
isn't just bad memories. It's a constant reminder of what it can possibly do to my own mortality. Semper Fi.

Allen V. Bendix
SGT USMC
10-73 to 10-77
Allen V. Bendix
TSGT USAF/IL Air Nat Guard
1-82 to 6-94
God bless you and heal you today. From the inside out.
I have no way of knowing your mental or physical pain. However I do know what it is like to think you are going to die soon. It sucks. And it gave me hives.
Had I had to stay with that mind frame, I probably would have gone into denial. It is my own system of coping. I hope you find one that works for you.
All the best-Salty
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Ruling limits legal remedies for many exposed to Camp Lejeune pollutants | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

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A federal court ruling in North Carolina this week will have a devastating impact on many of the nearly 20,000 Floridians currently registered with the Marine Corps for their exposures at Camp Lejeune to three known human carcinogens found in the camp’s drinking water, said a man who contracted breast cancer as a result.

Those Floridians are on a list compiled by the Marines. They may have been exposed as far back as 1953, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

“Legally, we are done,” said Mike Partain of Winter Haven, who was born at Camp Lejeune 46 years ago. “The government has successfully found a silver bullet to put an end to legal issues. If this happened in Florida, rather than North Carolina, we would still be legally able to pursue the government.”

Neither the Marines nor the Department of Justice responded to requests for comment.

This week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a North Carolina law limiting the time period in which a plaintiff can seek damages.

The law, called the statute of repose, placed a 10-year limit on which plaintiffs in that state can seek damages from exposure to contaminants, with no exception for latent diseases like the cancer contracted by Partain.

The ruling came in response to a landmark Supreme Court case, CTS Corp. vs. Waldburger.

At issue, say those opposed to the Justice Department position in favor of CTS Corp., is “whether a North Carolina statute could pre-empt federal environmental law to void injury claims of victims harmed by hazardous pollution.”

Partain said the ruling essentially creates a 10-year limit on how long after a site has been polluted that people can file a lawsuit. Because Lejeune’s water supply was found to be contaminated from the 1950s to 1987, people like Partain who discover health woes years later now have no civil recourse. Potentially about one million Marines, spouses and children who lived on base during that time could be affected.

There is no way of knowing how many on the Marine Corps registry served and how many were family members, said Partain.

Earlier this year, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released results of a study into chemical contamination at Lejeune that found “increased risk of death in the Camp Lejeune cohort for several causes including cancers of the cervix, esophagus, kidney and liver, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. This study makes an important contribution to the body of evidence about harm caused by these chemicals. However, due to its limitations it does not provide definitive evidence for causality nor can it answer the question whether an individual has been affected by these exposures at Camp Lejeune.”

Partain, who was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, said his father, Warren Partain, was stationed at Lejeune when he was conceived and born. His family lived there until he was six month old, he said. Aside from the cancer, he has had on-going health issues as the result of chemotherapy, including hormone imbalances that have created other problems.

“This now creates some real issues,” he said of the ruling. “For example. God forbid, if my father should contract male breast cancer, he would be covered for his health care costs at the (Department of Veterans Affairs). He could also file a claim for VA disability benefits for his illness and be compensated.”

But for those who never served yet still contracted diseases by exposure, avenues for compensation are far more limited, Partain said.

“Because of this court ruling, I am unable to recover any of my past medical expenses or sue for damages caused by the government’s negligence,” he said. “Beginning Oct. 24, I will be able to receive future medical care for 15 different illnesses (mostly cancers) and nothing more. If my mother should become ill with breast cancer, all she would receive would be medical treatment and nothing more. If she or I should develop a disease not on the health care list, we receive nothing.”

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) has introduced legislation “to ensure federal law takes precedent over the state statute so victims have another option to seek justice.”

That bill, also introduced by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC) is making its way through the legislative process.

Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-FL), is considering whether to support it and “will continue to assist those who have been impacted by Camp Lejeune contaminated water issues and will look into what else can be done to help these veterans and their family members in light of this ruling,” said Brooke Sammon, a Rubio spokeswoman.
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I've lived through alot of the nightmares which came with being a member of the Armed forces. I also spent 16 years working as a Correctional Deputy Sheriff in Cook County Illinois.
With all that I've seen and done in my life time, Nothing has scarded me more than
when I received that letter from the Marine Corps telling me I was poisoned through the injestion of common drinking water.
I finally got an idea as to why I've had so many medical problems. The V.A. tells me it's not from the water. I've had alot of problems over the years with my kidneys. For some reason I keep producing Kidney Stones. Both my kidneys are filled with them.
I live with my share of psych problems, Mostly the pain of having close friends killed while
engaged in the duties of being a Marine. I'm not knocking the other branchs and to what
each bring to the total defense of our nation, But I am and always will be a Marine first and
always. The problem is that I'm alot older, And hopefully wiser.
I don't want to die in a manner which takes a person and tares them apart from the inside, out. I am truly pissed that the Marine Corps and Navy kept this from us for so many years. In my opinon, I actually would have preferred they had never even contacted me.
I literally am in a constent mindframe of having that knowledge and to what it can do to a person. It's brought back so many memories and now the neverending thoughts of what it has done to my family. It's like having a form of P.T.S.D. The only difference is that this
isn't just bad memories. It's a constant reminder of what it can possibly do to my own mortality. Semper Fi.

Allen V. Bendix
SGT USMC
10-73 to 10-77
Allen V. Bendix
TSGT USAF/IL Air Nat Guard
1-82 to 6-94
Positive thoughts, and a true belief that everything will be OK goes a long way in the healing process. Do not dwell, do not worry, be happy and do for others. I know about the night mares that you and Lurp have gone through because my dad had them off and on for over 60 years before he passed away. He saw and did some horrible things as an infantry rifleman and scout in the mountains of Italy. I was the only one he ever opened up to. Other than that he lived a very normal life.
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I've lived through alot of the nightmares which came with being a member of the Armed forces. I also spent 16 years working as a Correctional Deputy Sheriff in Cook County Illinois.
With all that I've seen and done in my life time, Nothing has scarded me more than
when I received that letter from the Marine Corps telling me I was poisoned through the injestion of common drinking water.
I finally got an idea as to why I've had so many medical problems. The V.A. tells me it's not from the water. I've had alot of problems over the years with my kidneys. For some reason I keep producing Kidney Stones. Both my kidneys are filled with them.
I live with my share of psych problems, Mostly the pain of having close friends killed while
engaged in the duties of being a Marine. I'm not knocking the other branchs and to what
each bring to the total defense of our nation, But I am and always will be a Marine first and
always. The problem is that I'm alot older, And hopefully wiser.
I don't want to die in a manner which takes a person and tares them apart from the inside, out. I am truly pissed that the Marine Corps and Navy kept this from us for so many years. In my opinon, I actually would have preferred they had never even contacted me.
I literally am in a constent mindframe of having that knowledge and to what it can do to a person. It's brought back so many memories and now the neverending thoughts of what it has done to my family. It's like having a form of P.T.S.D. The only difference is that this
isn't just bad memories. It's a constant reminder of what it can possibly do to my own mortality. Semper Fi.

Allen V. Bendix
SGT USMC
10-73 to 10-77
Allen V. Bendix
TSGT USAF/IL Air Nat Guard
1-82 to 6-94
Thank God i wasn't stationed at Camp Lejeune.
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