I have received many calls from readers who served at the Marine Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina since we have started writing about the water contamination at that location. Those veterans whose families were there with them also have significant health problems that could be caused by industrial solvents, benzene and other chemicals.
The VA has started a registry for veterans and family members who were at that base from the mid ’50s to the mid ’80s. The following 15 conditions are the ones you may be eligible for VA treatment for: esophageal cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, multiple myeloma, renal toxicity, female infertility, scleroderma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, lung cancer, bladder cancer, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, hepatic steatosis, miscarriage and neurobehavioral effects.
For those who served in the first Gulf War, there also is a registry available at the Oklahoma City VA hospital.
We also encourage those veterans who served in Vietnam and other areas where Agent Orange was used to sign up for the Agent Orange Registry at the Oklahoma City VA Hospital. We have these available each Thursday morning.
We are continuing to look at all options as we move forward with plans to purchase land and construct a building to enable volunteers to provide more service to veterans and surviving spouses. If you have property that would work for the project, contact us, or if you have other ideas, we are open to ideas to improve what we do. John Carter can be reached at 202-1999 or Thursday mornings at Goldsby.
The Veterans Corner benevolence fund continues to be an important tool for us to use assisting the many veterans and surviving spouses who need this service. Last week, we helped a recent widow pay her rent and other types of household needs. We also assisted veterans with gas cards, food and medical expenses. Jerry Baxter can be reached at 833-0773 or stop by Goldsby on Thursday.