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For Lejeune Contamination Victim, Help From Government Comes Too Late

By Christy Andrews
Christy Andrews
Published On: Aug 01 2012 05:37:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 01 2012 05:48:23 PM CDT


The U.S House of Representatives approved the "Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2012 Tuesday.

The bill would provide health care to victims sickened by contaminated water at the base from 1957 to 1987.

"For a lot of people it's too late," Steven Carter, who was born on base at Camp Lejeune in 1963, said.

His parents, who lived on base in the early 60's, both suffered from Parkinson's disease. The family believes the illnesses were caused by the contamination.

Carter said he also shows symptoms of Parkinson's, among other health issues he believes are linked to the water. He said the proposed law is long overdue, and he's skeptical of it.

"They can pass a law, but they're not doing anything yet," he said. "We're not seeing anything yet."

If the bill is signed into law, it will have the Marine Corps' support, according to a Marine Corp. Media officer.

The bill is expected to be signed by the President sometime this month.