Yet, despite their years of military service, they feel the Marine Corps has abandoned them.
And I think that’s what hurts some of these men so deeply.
The contaminated water also caused neurobehavioral effects.
Central nervous system depression, attention deficits, deficits in visual discrimination, altered visual evoked potentials, along with cancer and all the other damage it does to organs. I personally haven't been able to be tested for cancer(s), but, I have been plagued with metal health type issues since I was a child.
They subsequently asked me if I would do a genetic test to see if I had a mutant gene.
I do, and I have a son which is the main reason I took the test so he could at least get tested if he wanted to know.
Each case is always decided on the individual merits and the former service member would need to show he was at the contamination site, current medical evidence of a disability, and an opinion by a medical Doctor that his disability was as likely as not caused by the contamination. I was lucky it had not gotten into my lymph nodes and I did not have to have radiation or chemo or subsequent treatment.
– knowing they share at least one common thread: they all lived at Camp Lejeune for a period of time, and drank the water. they say they want the Marine Corps to help them figure out what made them so sick - with such a rare disease for men.
So he is one of the unheard statistics that the summary says is not the fault of the water contamination. I also wonder how many others might be out there that had the same cancer and are either gone or not aware of this study.