Friday, June 25, 2010

NC Marines Fight For Help After Years of Bad Water

June 21, 2010 - Former Marine Cpl. Peter Devereaux was told about a year ago that he had just two or three years to live.

More than 12 months later, at 48, he still isn't ready to concede that cancer is going to kill him. He swallows his pills and each afternoon he greets his 12-year-old daughter, Jackie, as she steps off her school bus in North Andover, Mass.

The Department of the Navy says more research is being done to connect ailments suffered by Marines such as Devereaux who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and their families who lived there to decades of water contamination at the base.

Meanwhile, however, the Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly begun awarding benefits to a few Marines who were based at Lejeune.


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