BETRAYAL Synopsis / Book Review - Salem-News.Com
(SALT LAKE CITY) - "BETRAYAL" reports with precise, well-researched and written evidence of the denial of responsibility and cover-up of environmental contamination of Marines, civilians, their families and the public, at both El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, CA and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC.
This is personal to me because I was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune 1973-76, as was my WWII Marine father Walter C. Davis Jr. in 1943. My spouse Sandra and I lived at 2695 Bougainville, in the Tarawa Terrace on base housing area. My first son Caleb was conceived and born there June 16, 1975.
He now suffers from a sub-arachnoid hemorrage (caused when a brain aunyerism ruptures). My second son Jabin, was conceived there 3 months prior to our leaving the Marine Corps. Born in Provo, Utah December 5, 1976, Jabin was born with a ventricular septal (heart) defect. Their mother continues to suffer a host of health problems.
Jerry Ensminger's MSGT USMC (ret.) daughter Janey (also lived in Tarawa Terrace) died at age 9 with a Acute Lymphosytic Leukemia. Jerry's realization that Janey's death was caused by contaminated base drinking water led him on a 14 year journey of activism, lobbying and challenging government agencies to take responsibility. In 2012, President Obama signed in to law HR 1627, providing VA health care for CLNC veterans and their families. This effort was made into an "Emmy" nominated documentary film titled,"Semper Fi, Always Faithful." No such legislation covers El Toro Marine veterans and their families.
CLNC Marine veterans continue to have their claims for compensation rejected at an 84% rate. 82 that were stationed at CLNC have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
I highly endorse Bob and Tim's recommendation for the VA to adopt a Science Advisory Board with backgrounds in science to objectively evaluate toxic exposures on all 130 military installations on the EPA Superfund Cleanup list.
BTW, "BETRAYAL" provides convincing evidence that the government not only covered up contamination on military bases, but the murder of Marine Colonel James Sabow and other Marines tied to the use of El Toro's assets in the 1980's and 1990's to import South American cocaine into the the U.S. and export weapons to the Contra Rebels of Nicaragua.
Review written by Aaron M Davis, Co-founder of VFP 118 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a former Marine and Army Officer.