VA Lies in Training Material for Lejeune Water

Through the work of my fellow new CAP member, the CAP was able to get this VA training material using the FOIA. Not only is it snide, but it also contains completely false information. It presents as training material on how to deny sick veterans what has been promised. The slides are riddled with errors.

Let’s start with this outdated information the VA signed off on:

TCE associated with possible increased risk of kidney cancer
Increased risk shown in rats exposed to high levels of TCE
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) determined that TCE is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that trichloroethylene is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Um…No. This is from 2011:

The Environmental Protection Agency released a final human health assessment for trichloroethylene Sept. 28 that for the first time classifies the widely used solvent as “carcinogenic to humans” by all routes of exposure.

The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment, which had not been updated since 1989, also concludes trichloroethylene can harm the central nervous system, kidneys, the liver, the male reproductive system, the immune system, and the developing fetus, Paul Anastas, assistant EPA administrator for research and development, told reporters during a briefing.

This community has become experts on this contamination. I am inspired by how smart and informed they are, and when it comes to the science and some other things I rely on their knowledge. So let’s play spot the errors in the VA Powerpoint. Leave yours in the comments and we’ll tally them up. This post will no doubt be a moving target.

 

From Tim Templeton:

Slide 3, bullet point 3 – the WITHDRAWN 2009 NRC report and it’s now debunked conclusion cited.

Slide 5, points 1 & 2 – old info, studies have already been released

Slide 5, point 3, subpoint 1 – Around 1 million gallons of fuel in the aquifer and the benzene concentrations in the water modeling reveal that it, in fact, was a significant contaminant in the aquifer. Almost 700,000 gallons of the petroleum waste was recovered.

Slide 5, point 3, subpoint 2 – Citing the conclusion of a withdrawn study, one which did not contain an adequate assessment of the benzene contamination, that future studies will not provide useful information, runs counter to the results of the studies that have been conducted since. This point is incoherent, misleading, and shouldn’t even be a part of a training material on the topic.

Slide 6, point 3, subpoint 2 – the mortality and childhood health effects studies have been released.

Slide 7 – They should be using the findings of the recently completed studies. By using the old references, it serves to minimize the issue,

From Linda La:

Slide 9- at least in my area- the veteran is told Nothing, At this time the VAMC director has been given no instruction as to how to implement the law. If the veteran tells his medical team he has been exposed to camp lejeune toxic water it is Not even put into his medical file, even after he tells them for the last 2 years. Point 2- No information was given to said veteran. exposure history, see above.

Slide 15- I have seen NO banner on any VA medical center web pages

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12 thoughts on “VA Lies in Training Material for Lejeune Water

  1. Slide 5, points 1 & 2 – old info, studies have already been released
    Slide 5, point 3, subpoint 1 – Around 1 million gallons of fuel in the aquifer and the benzene concentrations in the water modeling reveal that it, in fact, was a significant contaminant in the aquifer. Almost 700,000 gallons of the petroleum waste was recovered.
    Slide 5, point 3, subpoint 2 – Citing the conclusion of a withdrawn study, one which did not contain an adequate assessment of the benzene contamination, that future studies will not provide useful information, runs counter to the results of the studies that have been conducted since. This point is incoherent, misleading, and shouldn’t even be a part of a training material on the topic.

  2. Slide 9- at least in my area- the veteran is told Nothing, At this time the VAMC director has been given no instruction as to how to implement the law. If the veteran tells his medical team he has been exposed to camp lejeune toxic water it is Not even put into his medical file, even after he tells them for the last 2 years. Point 2- No information was given to said veteran. exposure history, see above.

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  4. If only the Many, that forget about the few. Could live with the pain, sadness, loss and sorrow. Knowing that a set of orders to Camp Lejeune N.C. would KILL, and or SICKEN your FAMILY, FRIENDS, and PETS. Would they go as we did? A proud Marine family. Would they set up homes with TOXIC Water and never second guess the safety on a military base ? Everything a Camp Lejeune Marines loved and fought for was being Poisoned by the base water. It”s the year 2015 and so many have DIED, including our mother in 1981.Like my family and many others you WILL know WHY, but its just too late! Their life and death did not count, because times up. I do not understand now this could even be real. The ones you love have passed already, some many years ago. Or are very sick to this very day. Now after the papers are burned, records thrown away, lies told ,and so many years have passed. I still keep the Pride in Semper Fi and Pray to GOD. (p.s. To the many who make all the “it”s too late, your times up rules”.about the few still alive will you all please just do the right things for the right reason. That would be a great place to start because the cover up is over, I know that the poison water at Camp Lejeune was because our U.S. Black Marines were given orders to the swamp, at Monfort point a black barracks on camp lejeune. The black U.S. Marines had the worst treatment. Even having to have a White Marine escort them from the base main gate back to the barracks. This was a terrible racist hate crime. Marine’s are Green, not black and white.

  5. I don’t think this is the training that the SMEs are given to determine Compensation claims. This looks like training given to all VHA staff to help implement the healthcare law… that doesn’t mean that it’s not still potentially wrong in places. I would love to see the training that the SMEs got that turned surgeons and orthopedic specialists into experts capable of making a nexus opinion regarding cancer and environmental exposure in a compensation context.

    Robin Hood, Esq.
    Veterans Claims Attorney
    Former VA employee

    1. We have not been able to get a clear answer as to what this was used for. And yes, I would also dearly love to see the SME “training” if it occurred.

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