Recently we posted a blog concerning the Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2011, and it caught the attention of Jerry Ensingler. He is the subject of Semper Fi: Always Faithful, a documentary focusing on the controversy surrounding Camp Lejeune. Jerry has also made appearances before Congress with Senator Burr to discuss the bill and has been at the forefront of the movement for additional compensation for veterans affected by water contamination at the base.
We had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Ensingler regarding their plan to reintroduce the bill. He stated that the bill was denied because of a debate over funding sources, so a plan to acquire a new source of money has been developed.
Additionally, he claimed there would be further information brought forward to highlight the need for compensation. A mortality study, TCE Risk Assessment, and an ATSDR water model of Camp Lejeune should all be available in early 2012 to help support their next plan.
This won’t be a quick process. With the bill going through a second time for approval, it may take Congress until early next year to authorize funds for additional compensation.