Post: Toxic Water, Camp LeJeune, NC
Posted by Jody MacPherson on 11/29/08
I am sitting here at 2:30 a.m., thinking of my husband who
died of Prostate Cancer, and bleeding to death. I
registered him on the site a year ago. I can't hate the
Marines, my husband was so proud to be one. I can however
hate the chemicals that caused him the cancer, diabetes,
nerve damage, hearing loss, chronic health problems,
Headaches, Urinary problems, bowel problems, fatigue,
sleep disorders, growths, joint and bone deterioration,
anemia, Lymph problems, etc... and I am not a proud marine
family member since I am no longer married to a Marine. I
am just an angry widow and mother.
My husband was told by several people over and over that
he wasn't a viet nam war era vet, so he didn't qualify to
even file a V. A. claim. When I filed a claim, they said
that he wasn't in viet nam. I knew that, he knew that,
all we knew for sure is that he was dying at age 45, and
had a PSA score "off the charts" at over 1500,(normal
would be a 1 or 2).
Colin suffered for years, and was misdiagnosed until two
years from the end. His life insurance didn't pay out,
the VA didn't pay out, and now I am losing the home we
raised our kids in. I was packing boxes tonight, thinking
of him... Ian Colin MacPherson, a very handsome and proud
Marine! He was a good Marine, and also a good son,
brother, and worker. Most importantly, Colin was a good
father and husband. You have never met better.
Colin worked in Aircraft Maintainence at Camp Le Jeune.
He was a Corrosion Control Specialist. More Chemicals!
He grew up in the Marine Corp, his father was Lt. Col.
Robert Townsand MacPherson. Colin was born in 1957 at the
hospital at Camp LeJeune. He lived there as a child. He
went to work with his father there. He grew up and served
there. He worked with Chemicals there.
The VA says I do not have a claim, just like they said
Colin did not have a claim. So I lose my home, and the
Marines lose some honor. At least with me.
I miss my husband. He died a horrible death. He died a
quiet hero. Colin lost his battle with the V.A., and with
life. I hope that the Congress will fix this for others.
I feel it is too late for my family, our lives are already
shattered. I can't get Colin back. My kids can't get thier
father back. We can't get Colin's father back, who had
also died young of Leukemia.
I want to know how many more will die before the Marine
Corp and Congress decide enough is enough? At what point
will there be an end to the reports, and meetings, and all
the washing of the facts? When can our heros rest in
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