Civilian Exposure (Cape Carteret, NC)

Name

  • Name:Gavin Smith
  • Title:Founder/President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Civilian Exposure
  • Address:203 Taylor Notion Road
    Cape Carteret, NC 28584
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4079685788

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General

  • Mission:
  • Civilian Exposure is a 501(c)3 / 509(a)2 organization serving the nation by shedding light on contamination and health impacts to civilians and veterans aboard U.S. military installations. Our first and flagship effort involves building awareness, accountability and assistance for civilians exposed to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, NC.

  • Overview:
  • From August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987, up to 1 million people living at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were exposed to drinking water contaminated with known carcinogens, including benzene, TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride and other chemicals.

    We seek to provide a positive way forward for children of the exposed. We will do so by offering financial support in the form of annual scholarships to pursue a college education. Robert R. Smith, the late father of the founder of Civilian Exposure, believed in the value of education as a pathway out of hardship. The founder, Gavin P. Smith, believes in the power of creating a positive outcome out of a negative life event. He also believes that such opportunities forge a character beneficial to the greater community.

  • History:
  • Acute Leukemia (AML) took the life of my father, Robert Ray “Bob” Smith on June 11, 2008. My father was a loyal civilian DOD employee aboard Camp Lejeune, NC for 25 years (1973-1998).

    From August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987, up to 1 million people living at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were exposed to drinking water contaminated with known carcinogens, including benzene, TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride and other chemicals.

    Although a 2012 law provides for basic VA coverage for health conditions from exposure, currently 95% of health claims have been denied. Many have already died long prior to this legislation.

    Families have lost loved ones to various cancers and other terminal health conditions as a result of exposure. Up to and even after such loss, the financial burden for the care of the victims rested solely on the family. As a result, there is a significant financial, as well as health impact.

    In 2013, I took action and launched Civilian Exposure. In 2014, I also joined the CDC/ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel, where I collaborate with members of the CDC, ATSDR, USMC, US Navy, DOD, EPA and VA to scrutinize and publicize research studies.

    The impact on the health of civilians and veterans is far-reaching and, in some cases, generational. My flagship project has been to cover Camp Lejeune workers/veterans affected from Camp Lejeune toxic water contamination and the aftermath. Yet, Camp Lejeune is just the tip of the iceberg in a significantly more widespread problem.

    Today, there are 150+ military installations listed on the EPA Superfund Site list. This means there are many more civilian DOD worker and military veteran communities across the nation dealing with ongoing health and contamination issues related to exposure to various known carcinogens. I continue to meet people daily that share stories of contamination at other bases. They, too, suffer immeasurable suffering and loss. They need hope.

  • Year established:2013
  • Endowment:Unknown

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  • Executive / Trustee board size:
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:3

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
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