WFLA 8 News
By Steve Andrews
Published: October 27, 2016
“I’ve lost my husband, I’ve lost my home, I will not lose my dignity.” Tara Craver
AVON PARK, Fla. (WFLA) — Tara Craver of Avon Park is becoming a familiar site at busy intersections outside V.A. facilities. She protests what she believes is unfair V.A. treatment of marines and their families.
“They killed my husband,” said Tara.
Her husband Karle was a marine, stationed at Camp Lejeune in the 70’s. His is one of the many faces of Camp Lejeune, the site of one of the largest mass contaminations in American history. From 1953 to 1987, an estimated 750,000 marines, their families as well as base employees were exposed to cancer causing chemicals in their drinking water.
“They didn’t contaminate themselves, the government did and they kept it hid for two or three decades. They kept it hid,” added Tara.
Doctors diagnosed Karle with esophageal cancer in January 2014. He died 10 weeks later.
Karle passed well before Tara heard that the V.A. rejected his claim that his cancer was connected to Camp Lejeune.
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