Camp Lejeune Veterans May Be Eligible for Expanded Disability Benefits Due to Contaminated Drinking Water

From 1953 to 1987, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune harbored a dangerous secret in its drinking water. Unknown to officials at the time, industrial solvents that can cause serious health conditions were present in the water sources at the camp. After multiple reports of health conditions came in from Camp Lejeune veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched an investigation of the situation.

The Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) concluded through their review that the contaminates present in the drinking water are likely to increase the risk of the following conditions.

  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Leukemia
  • Renal toxicity
  • Female infertility
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Scleroderma

The VA has declared that it will consider veterans stationed or serving at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 and December 31,1987 who are diagnosed with any of these conditions disabled under the presumptive illness standard. Furthermore, the presumptive illness designation extends to Reserve and National Guard members who served at the base for more than 30 days at any time between the eligibility dates.

The VA is working to extend benefits to family members who resided on the base during the contamination dates. Currently, eligible family members can apply for reimbursement of medical expenses related to the illnesses connected to the Camp Lejeune drinking water contamination.

Camp Lejeune Veterans are Already Potentially Eligible for Disability Benefits

The conditions mentioned in this article are only some of the known ailments connected to exposure to the contaminates at Camp Lejeune. If you suffer from any type of disease or health condition that you believe is related to your military service, you have a right to seek disability benefits. Call us at 855-855-8992 or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your right to veterans’ disability benefits.