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Was the Military more worried about bad press than its sick soldiers?

WASHINGTON – Military leaders cared more about fending off bad press than helping Marines sickened by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a North Carolina lawmaker claimed at a hearing Thursday focused on health concerns at the sprawling Marine base in his state.

Democratic Rep. Brad Miller said Navy and Marine Corps leaders have been "relying on the advice of lawyers, hiding behind science that is slow and uncertain, and spending more energy on public relations than on helping Marines and their families."

A Marine Corps official said the military's actions when the contamination was first discovered were "astounding."


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 7:35 PM on Sep. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Worried about bad press and losing big money! This kind of situation makes me so angry! i wonder if they notified all of the folks who could have been affected? There's no telling how many people have already died, as a result of this. I don't understand why or how veterans are ever denied the help that they need. They served our country and deserve their benefits. I have heard that many soldiers with Gulf War Syndrome had a hard time getting the help they needed. How can this be? Sadly, PROBABLY, it's because the VA is run by the government and selective spending is obviously their priority... jmo...

    Answer by agentwanda at 12:36 AM on Sep. 17, 2010


    "I think they were ignorant, quite frankly, of some of the implications," said Maj. Gen. Gray Payne, who until recently was responsible for Marine Corps facilities, including environmental protection. "I think we were lulled into a sense of complacency, or at least a lack of urgency. ... There were many, many errors made on behalf of the Marine Corps."


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:36 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Maybe the question should be IS and not WAS...


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:03 AM on Sep. 17, 2010