This summer, thousands of former Marines all across the country learned something alarming. The base where they had been stationed, Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., was the site of one of the worst water contaminations in U.S. history. In late June, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a massive study, one of the largest of its kind, tracking down 300,000 residents who had lived at Camp Lejeune during some part of a 30-year period. They may have been exposed to dangerous substances in the base’s water supply. The agency hopes to determine whether it can find a pattern that connects serious health issues to exposure to the chemicals.
A new documentary called “Semper Fi” follows one man’s journey from devoted Marine to activist searching for answers about what happened at Camp Lejeune, who knew and when.