The military is not the only hurdle in the path of families poisoned at Camp Lejuene. ATSDR faces its own accusations of mishandling and misrepresenting information. When Townsend filed a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request to view some of the supporting documents referenced in ATSDR’s 1997 report, he was told by a Health and Human Services Department official that the files “are no longer in CDC’s possession.
Dr. Howard Frumkin testifies before the House Science and Technology Committee. Photo provided by the US House of Representative
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When someone applies to the VHA for health coverage benefits, they are evaluated by either an Administration doctor or, if one is not readily available, a non-government private practice physician on a contract basis. The customary practice, according to Jim Vance, the director of the VHA office in Boise, Idaho, is for a petitioner to specify the condition for which they need medical attention when they first apply.
Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center Photo by Russell and Sydney Poore
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For the United States Marine Corps, boot camp means thirteen weeks of forced marches ? often in hot, humid, chigger-infested pine forests ? alongside bad food, tough discipline and screaming drill instructors. It is designed to weed out individuals not suitable for the military. According to recruiting materials, it accustoms recruits to dangerous, highly stressful scenarios and teaches them how to behave as soldiers rather than civilians in the face of adversity. It teaches them to conquer their fear, push the limits of their endurance and ultimately to become a better version of themselves.
The Latvian platoon marches in the Pass in Review as part of Exercise COOPERATIVE OSPREY '98's closing ceremony at Camp Lejeune. Photo by SGT Thopgmas W. Ammnos
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It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.—Sun Tzu
CALL MAJOR MAINSTREAM environmental groups and ask them for comment on Roger Bate. The reply is always: Who? Like most policy wonks at conservative think tanks, few have ever heard of him. That is why he wins. Anyone who wants to understand the policy battles that lie ahead in this country – not to mention those already past – should study his career carefully. This is true for Republicans looking for an antidote to President Obama, environmental advocates he has consistently outwitted, and health care reformers he is about to confront.
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