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Father passed away from MS like symptoms with rapid decline in health - posted by hdray on 12/4/2017

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Hi. I am the daughter of a veteran who I believe was exposed to toxins at Camp Lejeune. My father passed away last year, February18th 2016. I am 24 now, but when I was about 16 or 17 my father started quickly coming down with alarming symptoms. He quickly was told that he couldn't work anymore because he found himself lost in familiar places. My parents have always been divorced and around 17 yrs old I was taking care of my father who was in very poor health. I missed days of High School to bring him to doctors and neurologists. I was desperate to know what was going on and for help. He soon became much worse. After trying for months I alone managed to get his on social security disability. I was a child. I had no idea what I was doing. I remember receiving a piece of his mail inquiring about his health since he had been at Camp Lejeune. But, I didn't know what to do or what to do with that information or even what information I had. I moved my father into an assisted living situation before moving him into a nursing home. I had no idea what to do and felt completely helpless. He soon developed a seizure disorder because of the numerous lesions in his brain. He died at 59 of what I had believed, until just a few days ago, to be MS. I sold the farm I grew up on to pay for his medical bills. I used my student loans to pay for his funeral. I feel horrified to have come to find that this was a result of his military service and everything my father went through and everything I went through could have been prevented! if anyone has any information at all. please contact me hdray@pnca.edu

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RE: Father passed away from MS like symptoms with rapid decline in health - posted by hdray on 12/5/2017

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I also would like to add. My father had cysts, thin skin, and since i was born he never had many teeth. He had always attributed that to his time in the service. His teeth literally separated from the bone. I feel strongly about pursuing this in a court. I've ordered my father's service records. I'm not sure how long that will take. But, In the meantime, any help or any advice or direction would be more than appreciated! My Father's Name was Donald Dray! He was discharged on March 21st 1980. I know that he was stationed in Camp Lejeune between 2 or 3 years. If I have to myself, I'm going to build a case and take it to who ever will hear me.

 
 

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