I did see the news yesterday. However, I couldn't find the statement from Senator Burr. Since Senator Richard Burr has worked on this issue for years now and since it has finally passed, I thought we needed to hear from him.
At his website today, the statement's right there on the front page. Apparently it was yesterday (going by the date) but I just didn't see it:
August 6, 2012 - 11:21 AM
Senator Burr Statement on President Signing Bill to Care for Camp Lejeune Veterans and Families Into Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding the President signing the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 into law:
“I am very pleased that this bill has finally become law, and I would especially like to thank Jerry Ensminger, Mike Partain, and all of the advocates who fought tirelessly to expose this issue and right the wrongs that were done to this group of Americans. This is their day, and they deserve the credit for this victory. Without their dedication and devotion to help thousands of people they have never even met, these victims would not have the hope for a fuller life that this bill will hopefully bring them. God be with all of the victims of this tragic incident, and bless the brave, resolute, and determined men and women who fought to help those who are suffering because of it.”
It's a shame it took this many years to get justice but good for Senator Burr for never giving up on this issue. Each year at legislation hearings, I would hear him advocate for justice and, until this year, there was never enough support. But he kept fighting.
Fred Shropshire (WTVD) reports on another person who has been fighting: Master Sgt Jerry Ensminger who has fought for justice for 15 years after his daughter ended up among the people poisoned by the water at Camp Lejeune: "Ensminger and others connected the dots discovering that between 1957 and 1987 hundreds of others suffered illnesses from industrial cleaners and gasoline leaching into the drinking water."
This was a story of perseverance and by strength and will and courage, justice finally came.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"