Your Stories

These stories are samples of what people are going through as a result of exposure to military base contamination.  We’ve removed the names and all will remain anonymous.  Some of these contain important questions that help shape the focus of our efforts and for that, we are very appreciative of your input.  We will continue to update this page with stories as they are received.

If you would like to share your story with us, please visit this link on our site to submit them: http://civilianexposure.org/share-your-story-with-us/

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Your Shared Stories and Questions:

Subject: I Was Born At Camp Lejeune in Sept, 1956

My father was stationed there from 1954 to 1958 my mother and older brother and older sister where there too. My father was in the marines for over 20 years. He got sick and we did not understand it and I don’t think the doctors even had a clue at that time. He has passed since then.  My mother has health problems too and now I am sick and the doctors are trying to figure out why. I have not been able to work for 5 years. My sister is sick too. Our family has never gotten anything from our military or our government on what to do or any notifications. We lived on base. What do we do?

Thanks – R.J.S. – Spokane, WA


 

Do you have any info regarding stillbirth claims filed as result of the Camp Lejeune water contamination discovery? I lost a younger sibling in ’56-57 there. What kind of compensation is being offered to families of a pregnant mother who had a stillborn child, as happened to us during that time period? Thank you for your great site. Thanks also for your reply and I appreciate all that you are doing.

Thanks – D.G.


 

Since high school, some few years after exposure, I have suffered from a constant escalating series of neurological malfunctions even diagnosed as epileptic initially and then as tumors then as this, then that. At any rate, I have suffered from a complete neuropathic disability and am bereft of any support or assistance save basic Medicare which means I must continue to endure when others would be comfortably retired. In the past year I have sought out assistance to no avail. I have been informed there is supposed to be a list I should be registered on. Is this a place to start?

Thanks – D.C.G.


 

I am one of the thousands of civilians affected by the contamination of the water in Camp Lejeune. My primary diagnosis is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Diffuse B Large NHL. It is the very aggressive type. As a result, my diagnosis qualifies the criterion determined by the VA and researchers, as the cause being the contaminated waters. In addition, I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, which is an autoimmune disorder which is affecting my liver. Is there anything that I can do to contribute to the search for answers through the studies presently being conducted, if any?? I am not thinking only about myself, I am thinking of facilitating this long debilitating process unjustly delayed by the offenders. Please feel free to contact me. Thank you!

Thanks – G.F.


 

Please add me to your list. My sister lived on Camp Lejeune and has passed away and her daughter (born there during timeframe) has leukemia. We need info.

Thanks – C.D.

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A 20-year veteran of media, marketing, non-profits and entrepreneurship, Gavin P. Smith leads Civilian Exposure, a non-profit assisting civilians and veterans exposed to U.S. military contamination; the Keta Foundation, a collaborative foundation dedicated to mitigating modern slavery through economic improvement projects in Africa; and Gavin Consulting, a network of virtual experts serving global clients; He is also a former member of the CDC/ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Global Management with distinction (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Thunderbird School of Global Management, an MBA from The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business and a BA in History from Wake Forest University.

3 thoughts on “Your Stories

  • November 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm
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    FORT ORD, CA (Superfund Site)
    I have been following the Camp Lejeune story concerning exposure to volatile chemicals. Fort Ord CA has been on the superfund cleanup program for several years (since the 1990’s) and are still having problems with their clean up program. The EPA and Dept. of the Army have several official documents outlined on their websites stating how the clean began in the 1990’s and is still in progress concerning chemicals like TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride, etc. Veterans who served at Fort CA should be made aware of the possible health problems if exposed to contaminated water, soil/air(plumes).

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    • April 3, 2016 at 10:31 am
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      Great, my 2 high school kids went there in the 1990’s for JROTC camp and were there for a week, drinking, eating, swimming, sports etc. Maneuvers through ditches, ponds, etc as a sample of the military trainiing. Do we need to be concerned about this, and what should we be watching or looking for? They now have children of their own.

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  • April 3, 2016 at 10:33 am
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    Great, my 2 high school kids went to Fort Ord, CA in the 1990’s for JROTC camp and were there for a week, drinking, eating, swimming, sports etc. Maneuvers through ditches, ponds, etc as a sample of the military training. Do we need to be concerned about this, and what should we be watching or looking for? They now have children of their own.

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