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Retired Marine Jerry Ensminger Hosts Town Hall About Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
By: Camp Lejeune Legal
forces with Camp Lejeune Legal, along with famed water-rights advocate Erin Brockovich and "Camp Lejeune baby" and male breast cancer survivor Mike Partain, to host a series of public town halls across the country to inform those who might have been exposed about their rights.
For decades, high levels of cancer-causing chemicals leached into the groundwater at Camp Lejeune, the largest Marine base on the East Coast. Indiscriminate dumping of waste into landfills, leaking fuel tanks and other sources of contamination poisoned the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of veterans, their families – including children in-utero – and workers on base, resulting in birth defects and devastating, often fatal illnesses.
For years, the Marine Corps knew about contaminated wells but did not shut them down. Even after the pollution was confirmed, the Defense Department obstructed efforts to study the extent of the harm. In August, President Biden signed into law the Honoring our PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Now, victims who lived or worked for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune, or who were exposed in-utero, between 1953 and 1987 can take legal action against the U.S. government for their exposure to toxic water on the base.
" I thought to myself, 'All this time I've been thinking only of Janey.' And I thought, 'What about all these other people?' It's the Marines, it's the Navy," Ensminger said.
About Jerry Ensminger
Jerry Ensminger is a true hero and truth-seeker of Camp Lejeune. A retired Marine master sergeant, Ensminger lived on the base with his wife, who became pregnant with their daughter, Janey, in 1975. At 6, Janey was diagnosed with leukemia. She died about two years later. Described as "a force of nature," Ensminger has dedicated his life to fighting for other poisoned Camp Lejeune victims, testifying in congressional hearings and investigating the contamination even as the government fought against claims from victims seeking compensation.
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