Dismayed Veterans

As outlined in the later chapters of A Trust Betrayed, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been heavily criticized in recent years for its response to the problems of all veterans, not just those who were affected by Camp Lejeune’s poisoned water.

Disability assistance continues to be held up for deserving veterans because of a massive backlog of claims stuck in the federal bureaucracy. The VA has proposed reforms to the process for filing claims, but veterans groups are not happy with many of the changes.

The situation has become so shameful that a bill was introduced in Congress that would allow the VA secretary to fire career executives in the department who had failed to meet certain standards. The bill died in the last Congress, but it underscored the level of frustration with the VA’s performance.

There are also serious problems with treatment programs for veterans, especially those who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A National Academy of Sciences expert panel recently reported that the military’s efforts to improve mental health among veterans are ineffective at best.

Clearly it is not just veterans of Camp Lejeune who are suffering, but the problems they have getting the general assistance they are owed add insult to their many injuries.

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The latest news on Camp Lejeune since publication of A Trust Betrayed:

New Lejeune water contamination report raises concerns, Jacksonville Daily News, March 19, 2015

11th Circuit declines to rehear Camp Lejeune drinking water suit, Westlaw Journal, February 12, 2015

Law expands water contamination dates for family claims, Jacksonville Daily News, December 19, 2014

Why Didn’t Toxic Waste Cause a Cancer Epidemic, Like We Expected in the 1970s?, National Geographic, December 14, 2014

ATSDR Study Suggests Women’s Exposures to Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune Might Be Associated with Adverse Birth Outcomes, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, November 21, 2014

Interview with Mike Magner, author of A Trust Betrayed, The Living Well Show, October 2014

VA vows to pay families sickened after exposure to Lejeune water, Charlotte News & Observer, October 20, 2014

Statute of Repose Issues Illustrated in the Dismissal of Camp Lejeune Pollution Claims, Brad Reid Dean of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity, Lipscomb University, Huffington Post, October 20, 2014

File Under Disgraceful: Appeals court rejects Camp Lejeune water lawsuit, Chatham (N.C.) Bulletin Board, with link to Charlotte Observer, October 14, 2014

U.S. court rebuffs Marine Corps families in polluted water case, Reuters, October 15, 2014

I-Team: Toxic-water victims at Camp Lejeune can’t sue, WTVD Raleigh, N.C., October 14, 2014

A 31-year-old man deals with breast cancer, PR Urgent press release, October 12, 2014

Lejeune vets exposed to toxic water have deadline extended, Marine Corps Times, October 7, 2014

Peter Devereaux: With tenacity and a smile, North Andover (Mass.) Wicked Local, October 7, 2014

Lejeune families finally getting help, Jacksonville Daily News, September 28, 2014

Under 2012 law, VA to cover health costs of Marines’ ill dependents at Camp Lejeune, Washington Post, September 24, 2014

New regulation would allow dependents to claim contaminated water health issues, Jacksonville Daily News, September 24, 2014

Mortality study of civilian employees exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: A retrospective cohort study, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, August 2014

Camp Lejeune and the U.S. Military’s Polluted Legacy, Newsweek, July 16, 2014

Drinking from a Poisonous Tap: Over 6 Decades at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, Lou Freshwater, July 2014

Obama administration moves to deny justice for Camp Lejeune veterans, Roll Call: Guest Commentary, July 2, 2014

Excerpt from A Trust Betrayed, Utne Reader, June 2014

Camp Lejeune water pollution victims setback, Living on Earth, June 20, 2014

Governor signs bill helping Lejeune, Asheville families in pollution lawsuits, Charlotte News & Observer, June 20, 2014

Senate approves CTS lawsuit contamination bill, Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-TImes, June 19, 2014

Obama lawyers find finish to Lejeune toxic-water case, North Carolina News, June 12, 2014

Supreme Court supports toxic polluters, imperils Camp Lejeune vets’ litigation, Project on Government Oversight, June 9, 2014

Erin Brockovich discusses Camp Lejeune victims on MSNBC, Project on Government Oversight, April 22, 2014

New Book Examines Camp Lejeune Water Poisoning, Project on Government Oversight, April 17, 2014

New Camp Lejeune documents come to light, Tampa Bay Times, April 8, 2014

Loveland veteran is waiting for answers, Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald, April 6, 2014

Cancer study on Camp Lejeune mired in controversy, Project on Government Oversight, March 31, 2014

Government straddles both sides in toxic water cases, USA Today, March 1, 2014

Camp Lejeune study called ‘significant step’ in understanding cancer cases, Tampa Bay Times, February 20, 2014

GOP bills would allow VA secretary to fire career executives over performance, The Washington Post, February 14, 2014

VA under fire for proposed disability filing rule, Associated Press, January 11, 2014

CDC report shows danger at Camp Lejeune, The Virginian-Pilot, December 11, 2013

CDC’s Camp Lejeune study links birth defects to marine base’s drinking water, CBS News/AP, December 6, 2013