Congressional representatives and state lawmakers from Kentucky are set to convene to discuss water contamination that occurred at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for more than 30 years from the 1950s to 1980s and to hear out victims' plea for a medical health registry.
The special event, organized by former Marine Brian Amburgey, will be held on Wednesday, March 17 at the Elks Lodge located at 225 Shoppers Dr. in Winchester, Kentucky. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. with a showing of “Semper Fi: Always Faithful”, a 2011 documentary about the contamination. A Q&A session with retired Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger, a main voice in the film and leading proponent of justice for victims, will follow.
Mike Partain, a male breast cancer survivor who was born at Camp Lejeune during the contamination, is also a leading advocate for victims who has worked with Ensminger for well over a decade and has testified before Congress on the subject. He says he plans to drive 11 hours from Florida to attend the ceremony.
“When a congressional office is interested in the issue, you have to go and talk to them, and that’s exactly what we are doing,” Partain said. “Our government doesn't work by getting on Facebook and writing a couple posts or making a phone call. It works by meeting people, talking to them, interacting with them, presenting your evidence and then asking for action.”