The man who has led the fight for information about the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune was at the Oval Office when President Obama signed a bill providing health care for those who suffered illnesses because of the toxins.
Jerry Ensminger of Elizabethtown was at the White House on Monday, when Obama signed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. Ensminger's daughter, Janey, died at the age of 9 of a rare form of childhood leukemia.
The bill provides health benefits to Marines and family members exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune from 1957 to 1987. Congress approved the bill last week.
Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted groundwater.
The retired Marine whose quest for answers into contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is reacting now that a bill to help people affected by that water is one step from becoming law.
Jerry Ensminger lost his daughter Janey to leukemia when she was nine. The Janey Ensminger Act is named after her and only requires President Obama's signature.
Janey was conceived, carried and raised at Camp Lejeune. While pregnant with Janey, Ensminger's wife drank the water, along with giving it to her as she grew up on base. Little did they know at the time the toxins in the water could lead to childhood cancer and many other illnesses.
The Janey Ensminger Act will allow servicemen and women and their families who lived and worked on the base from 1957 to 1987 to have their medical bills covered.
Unfortunately, for those who have already lost loved ones, there is nothing that can be done. That's why Jerry Ensminger says he has been his daughter's voice after what he remembers her telling him. Ensminger says she told him, "I want to make a difference in this world and If through her short life and through her death think Janey has made more change than most human being make in their lives."
Ensminger says that there are more water results from research coming back in November that could show more areas on the base and more people were affected.
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