What steps have you taken to prepare for notification as required in the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)?

Over the past two years, several steps have been taken to notify those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune of the historic drinking water issue. To identify and inform these individuals, the Marine Corps developed an outreach response using multiple forms of communication and media.

  • Distributed print articles to more than 10,000 newspapers nationwide
  • Created radio spots distributed to more than 6,500 radio stations
  • Developed online advertising for consumer and military-related websites: WebMD, Vietnam Veterans of America and Leatherneck and Gazette
  • Placed advertising in national publications, including USA Today, Time and Newsweek
  • Placed advertising in military-related publications, such as Leatherneck, Gazette and Semper Fi.
  • Provided posters and print announcements distributed to VA facilities nationwide
  • Distributed posters to all US-based commissaries
  • Conducted interviews with newspaper and broadcast journalists
  • Created a website providing a compilation of information on the historic drinking water issue and links to other sites with related information

In addition, the Marine Corps has worked with the Internal Revenue Service to locate former Marines who have lived or worked on Camp Lejeune 1987 and before. The IRS used its database to mail an estimated 150,000 letters from August 1 to October 1, 2008.

More than 133,000 names are currently in the Registry. The Marine Corps continues the outreach response in order to contact as many individuals who have been affected as possible. Upon completion of the studies by the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), registrants will receive summaries of the research results. NRC is scheduled for release in late May or early June 2009. ATSDR is scheduled for release in late 2011.

ATSDR research can be found at: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/update.html
NRC’s Camp Lejeune Project link is: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/ProjectView.aspx?key=BEST-K-06-08-A