Raleigh, NC -- President Barack Obama signed a bill Monday to support Camp Lejeune Marines exposed to contaminated drinking water.
The bill will provide health benefits to Marines, and their families, exposed to the water on the base from 1957 to 1987.
The president, who said the US has a sacred and moral duty to protect its men and women in uniform, signed the bill into law at an Oval Office ceremony.
Health officials say as many as one million people might have been exposed to tainted groundwater at the base.
Jerry Ensminger of Elizabethtown was at the White House. He led the fight for information about the water problems at Camp Lejeune since his daughter, Janey, died in 1985 at the age of 9 of a rare form of childhood leukemia.
NC Senator Kay Hagan released this statement after the bill Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act was signed into law by the President: "I am pleased that today veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune will receive the health care they need and deserve. Since I joined the Senate, this issue has been close to my heart, and I have been working to help provide answers to veterans and their families. The Marines affected by this tragedy have sacrificed to keep our country safe. I am pleased that today, we are ensuring that our veterans and their family members are taken care of in their time of need."