The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has confirmed that they are aware of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, between 1957 and 1987, but are still reluctant to connect it to service-related disabilities or illnesses for veterans disability claims. Currently, the VA is refusing to provide health care for supposedly related illnesses, until a direct connection is established – which may not happen until 2014.
Meanwhile, veterans of Camp Lejeune and their families that lived there during the 30 year period were exposed to industrial and toxic wastes. Studies already conducted on the contamination of the camp have shown that exposure for more than 20 years may result in disabling illnesses, such as kidney cancer.
House representative Jeff Miller of Florida is heading the proposal before the House Veterans Affairs Committee that calls for a special health care category for the veterans of Camp Lejeune. The proposal covers veterans stationed on the base during the 30 year period, as well as their families that lived with them.
The VA has processed over 1,000 claims from veterans at Camp Lejeune and found that 238 were qualified for benefits even without a special consideration for the contamination risks. All veterans who believe they are experiencing a disabling condition related to their military service should consult with an attorney to determine if they are eligible to file a disability benefits claim.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.