Local Vet Fighting for Benefits After Toxic Water Contamination

Local Vet Fighting for Benefits After Toxic Water Contamination (Image 1)

For decades, toxic water at the marine base, Camp Lejeune poisoned thousands of people; now, one local veteran is fighting for the compensation he deserves.

Don Chocker has been trying to get VA benefits for his multiple sclerosis for well over a year.

Meanwhile his son is dying of brain cancer and he and his wife Lee are running out of money to continue supporting themselves while also paying for Don’s much needed medications.

“The medicine is covered by some of it but the three most expensive ones are not covered,” said Lee. “So we still have to pay for those out of pocket.”

Those, plus paying for visits to see their son, have drained their bank accounts – so they’re still pushing for that extra monthly help.

“As long as we get some compensation,” said Don. “Because it’s not my fault, it’s their fault for the water.”

After fifteen months of waiting, Don and Lee learned Wednesday the VA would be making a decision about his case in early July.

But even if the answer is ‘yes,’ they still have no idea when they would begin receiving those payments

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