For 30 years, Marines and their families at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina used water contaminated with known carcinogens to cook, clean, and bathe. Jerry Ensminger was a drill instructor at Camp Lejeune and his daughter Janey was exposed to the contaminated water during her first trimester. Janey died of leukemia when she was nine years old.
Since finding out that the water at Camp Lejenue may have been connected with his daughter's death, Jerry has been on a quest to learn the truth about Camp Lejeune and to get justice for the contamination victims--as many as one million Marines and their family members, according to some estimates. Jerry's story was recently chronicled in the acclaimed documentary Semper Fi: Always Faithful, which was short-listed this year for an Academy Award.
POGO recently sat down with Jerry to talk about his story and the contamination at Camp Lejeune.
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If you want to do something after listening to the podcast, you can go to POGO's Camp Lejeune Action Center to support Jerry's efforts and find ways you can help. For additional information, you can go to The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten, a website set up for the victims of the contamination.
Andre Francisco is POGO's Online Producer
Photo by POGO's Pam Rutter.