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Health Concerns at Camp Lejeune

ATSDR is concerned about the health effects of exposures to chemicals found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Before 1986,  drinking water from the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point treatment plants were contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The main VOC found at Tarawa Terrace was perchloroethylene (PCE).  The maximum level of PCE found in the Tarawa Terrace drinking water system was 215 μg/L, which was 43 times higher than the current U.S. maximum contaminant level (MCL) allowed in drinking water of 5 μg/L.  The VOCs found at Hadnot Point were trichloroethylene (TCE), vinyl chloride, benzene, and trans-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE).  The maximum level of TCE found in the Hadnot Point drinking water system was 1,400 which was 280 times higher than the current U.S. maximum contaminant level (MCL) allowed in drinking water of 5 μg/L.  

Benzene and vinyl chloride are known human carcinogens according the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP). PCE and TCE are considered as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" by the NTP (1). The carcinogenicity of DCE cannot be classified because of a lack of studies.

The scientifically reported health effects linked with TCE, PCE, benzene, and vinyl chloride exposure can be viewed at

Because of health concerns from past exposures to the toxic drinking water contaminants at the base, ATSDR is conducting health studies to evaluate specific birth defects (neural tube defects, cleft lip, cleft palate), childhood cancers (leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), and adult cancers and other chronic diseases.  Information on these studies can be viewed at .

ATSDR has completed the modeling of the Tarawa Terrace water system and estimated monthly average PCE levels in the drinking water can be viewed at . Estimated monthly average levels of the contaminants in the Hadnot Point water system will be available by 2012.  

Information about which housing areas received contaminated drinking water can be viewed at


1. Report on Carcinogens, Eleventh Edition; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program 2005.



The term “Combined arms” is a military term often associated with assaults, ambushes and other dramatic actions, but for the families and friends of the 837th Engineers Company out of Lorain, Ohio, not so much.  The hometown definition is quit different.  “Combined arms” simply means that we will combine all our efforts to ensure that ALL of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and family have all that is needed to return home safe and sound, and to that end the Family Readiness Group for the 837th Engineers had a benefit party and dance at the Stadium Bar and Grill at 8330 Tyler Rd. Blvd, Mentor, Ohio 44060 (440.205.4745). 

All proceeds from this benefit were used to furnish personal care items of the deployed troops.  For more information contact the SERV program at 216.481.8486. 

Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran (SERV) is currently partnering with the Cleveland Stokes VA Medical Center  to establish a nationally mandated Veterans Mental Health Council. 

The mission of the council is to facilitate humane, quality, compassionate mental health services and provide education for Veterans and their families, to ensure that all Veterans, family members and partners feel comfortable using the Medical Center's mental health services. We will seek opportunities to partner with the Medical Center's mental health department and other community mental health organizations and improve the perception of mental health in the Northeast Ohio area. If you are a Veteran, family member or the member of a community mental health organization please join us at to kick off Cleveland's Veterans Mental Council


Summary of the April meeting; How to improve the veterans access.  The Veterans and Family Resiliency Council is working on the Cleveland and Parma's telephone system and we discussed funding, the National Veterans Mental Health Council teleconference and The annual report. We will have the agenda on the first of the month.  As you know we are having the meeting on the fourth Monday.  

See you at the next meeting


ON MONDAY, May 16, 2016 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
I will keep the website updated with any changes
If you have any questions feel free to contact me John Merritt at: or 216.798.3540. 






Who is the SERV Program?

The Veterans Research Group (VRG), a 501 (c) (3), supports veterans and veteran's families interested in higher education.  VRG is the parent organization of Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran (SERV).  SERV is a program designed to assist in creating a more veteran friendly college campus environment for our returning OEF-OIF service-members.  Section T of the “Higher Education Opportunity Act” calls for model programs for Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.  SERV has been selected as one of the best programs in the country.  (Nov 12, 2008 Wal-Mart Ace award).  Cleveland State, a SERV school at the time was also selected for the Tillman Scholarship award.


John Merritt



216.481.8486 Office

21039 Goller Ave.

Euclid, Ohio 44119-1850