‘‘It is my hope that VA will act quickly to amend their policy and review relevant disability claims that have been denied,’’ U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said in a statement. ‘‘These men and women have been suffering through no fault of their own and we owe them the care they need without delay.’’
A VA spokesman didn’t respond directly to how the department will handle claims from 1953 to 1957 now. ‘‘The VA remains committed to providing the best quality care and benefits for eligible Veterans of service at Camp Lejeune to the full extent authorized by law,’’ the spokesman said.
Ensminger told the group that a fellow Marine had succumbed the day before to kidney cancer, one of the diseases linked to the Lejeune contamination.
‘‘I know you all deal with facts and figures; I deal with the personal aspect of this,’’ he said. ‘‘You get to know these people. You cry with them, and every one of them that dies, you die a little bit each time with them. And it’s just not fun.’’
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