Marines Converge on SLC in May, Telling Hard, Real Stories About Deadly Marine Base Contamination
Aaron Davis for Salem-News.com
Camp Lejeune Marine veterans continue to have their claims for compensation rejected at an 84% rate. 82 that were stationed at CLNC have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Veteran activist Aaron M Davis was a US Marine and a US Army officer. Like so many Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Vets, he has battled cancer repeatedly.
(SALT LAKE CITY) - The movie "Semper Fi, Always Faithful" will be shown in the downtown Salt Lake City Library May 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Following the free screening, there will be a panel discussion with "Betrayal: Toxic Exposures of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up" authors Robert O'Dowd and Tim King, Lorena Hansen, local leader of the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, and moderated by former Marine Aaron Davis who was stationed at Camp Lejeune for 3 1/2 years, and just won a battle with cancer.
Tim King, who rides his motorcycle from Oregon all over the country talking about veterans health issues (Operation Red Dragon Fly), will meet The American Legion Riders in Wendover, Nevada Wednesday afternoon Mayl 15, 2014.
Robert O'Dowd from New Jersey, will join King for a book signing at Weller Books Works on May 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Veterans activist and lobbyist Aaron Davis is the organizer of these events, and can be reached at (801) 556-0599.
He lived in the on base housing at Camp Lejeune, just blocks from Jerry Ensminger. His oldest son Caleb conceived and born at CLNC, has a sub-arachnoid hemmorage. Second son Jabin conceived there, was born with a heart defect. The boys mother had two miscarriages, and other health issues.
The CLNC water wells were finally closed in 1985 due to TCE (a commercial de-greaser), PCE (commercial dry cleaning solvent), benzin and vinyl chloride contamination.
83 former marines have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
SemperFi: Always Faithful
Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years. As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the "Corps" and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or "Always Faithful." When Jerry's nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.
Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry's mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.
"BETRAYAL" reports with precise, well-researched and written evidence of the denial of responsibility and cover-up of environmental contamination of Marines, civilians, their families and the public, at both El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, CA and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC.
This is personal to me because I was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune 1973-76, as was my WWII Marine father Walter C. Davis Jr. in 1943. My spouse Sandra and I lived at 2695 Bougainville, in the Tarawa Terrace on base housing area. My first son Caleb was conceived and born there June 16, 1975. He now suffers from a sub-arachnoid hemorrage (caused when a brain aunyerism ruptures). My second son Jabin, was conceived there 3 months prior to our leaving the Marine Corps. Born in Provo, Utah December 5, 1976, Jabin was born with a ventricular septal (heart) defect. Their mother had two miscarriages and continues to suffer a host of health problems. I just recently had surgery for a malignant melanoma.
Jerry Ensminger's MSGT USMC (ret.) daughter Janey (also lived in Tarawa Terrace) died at age 9 with a Acute Lymphosytic Leukemia. Jerry's realization that Janey's death was caused by contaminated base drinking water led him on a 15 year journey of activism, lobbying and challenging government agencies to take responsibility. In 2012, President Obama signed in to law HR 1627, providing VA health care for CLNC veterans and their families. No such legislation covers El Toro Marine veterans and their families.
CLNC Marine veterans continue to have their claims for compensation rejected at an 84% rate. 82 that were stationed at CLNC have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
I highly endorse Bob and Tim's recommendation for the VA to adopt a Science Advisory Board with backgrounds in science to objectively evaluate toxic exposures on all 130 military installations on the EPA Superfund Cleanup list.
BTW, "BETRAYAL" provides convincing evidence that the government not only covered up contamination on military bases, but the murder of Marine Colonel James Sabow and other Marines tied to the use of El Toro's assets in the 1980's and 1990's to import South American cocaine into the the U.S. and export weapons to the Contra Rebels of Nicaragua.
A book signing event is planned for May 16, 2014 at Weller Book Works 665 E. 600 S. in Trolley Square at 6:00 p.m.
As previously referenced, the movie "Semper Fi, Always Faithful" will be shown at the SLC library auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Saturday May 17, 2014.
Review written by Aaron M Davis. He was a both a marine and army officer, and now is a veterans activist and lobbyist.
For further information: Aaron M. Davis (801)556-0599