Retired Marine Testifies In Contaminated Tap Water Case

A retired marine who lost his daughter to a rare form of cancer testified Wednesday before a congressional committee once again.

Jerry Ensminger, of Onslow County, testified at the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Wednesday morning. The committee is considering legislation that would pay for health care for marines and their families affected by tainted tap water.

Democratic Senator Kay Hagan has co-sponsored a bill to open access to VA health care for veterans and family members who developed health problems from the water. She says it's time people like Ensminger get the answers they've been looking for. "It's critically important that these men and women have served our country, they've put their lives on the line for us, we need to get their questions answered. We need to be sure that the illnesses they are contracting now that they get the help they so deserve."

Hagan co-sponsored the "Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act" with Republican Senator Richard Burr. If the committee approves the act It will be presented for debate on the Senate floor.

Ensminger says contaminated tap water aboard Camp Lejeune in the 1980s is responsible for the 1985 death of his 9-year-old daughter, Janey.

As many as one million people may have been exposed to the water, and thousands believe the poisons caused illnesses that they or their family members suffer.

This is at least Ensminger's third trip to Capitol Hill. WITN went to Washington D.C. to cover Ensminger's testimony in 2004.

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  • by Patsy Location: Midway park on Jun 9, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    Mr. Ensinsminger, I watch your progress carefully, and appreciate your drive for the truth. You represent far more silent sufferes than you know!! Semper Fi!! A military brat.:o)
  • by Larry Location: FL on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    So what are they doing today about the water to protect the troops? I suggest they look into a new technology from a company made right here in the USA that makes machines that produce 99.99% pure water from AIR! Produce pure water deviod of any contamination including chlorine, BPA's ..its cutting edge Also protects against water systems attacks. waterpureintl (dot com
  • by mary Location: Pleasant Garden,NC on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Jerry Ensminger continues to serve our Nation by sacrificing time,personal expense,and peace of mind for the Brave and Innocent of the contaminated water at USMC Camp Lejeune.His tireless march has never slowed nor his resolve weakened in spite of the greedy,power drunk,cowards who have and are continuing hide the records of what was allowed to happen.Thank you Mr. Ensminger!Semper Fi!Mary Blakely
  • by Girly Location: Cove City on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    Praying for this marine and that GOD gives him the strength in his testomony with the rememberence of the loss of his baby girl. May GOD be with you!!!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    The government has and is dragging this out until most of the people who were affected are dead. Less money to pay out.

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