Water pollution at Camp Lejeune: health problems

  • October 20, 2022
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You might have come into contact with pollutants in the drinking water while serving at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina. There is a link between exposure to certain toxins while serving in the military and the later development of specific ailments, according to scientific and medical research. You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have completed qualifying service at Camp Lejeune and now have a diagnosis for one of the diseases mentioned below.

Do I qualify for VA disability benefits?

If you satisfy all of these requirements, you can be qualified for disability compensation.

Both of these have to be true:

  • Between August 1953 and December 1987, you spent at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River, and you were discharged from the military without receiving a dishonorable discharge.
  • Additionally, you must have been diagnosed with one or more of the following presumed diseases:
    • Adult lymphoma
    • Other myelodysplastic diseases than aplastic anemia
    • Urethral cancer
    • Renal cancer
    • Liver tumor
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Nodular lymphoma
    • Parkinson’s disease

Who is protected?

  • Veterans
  • Reservists
  • Guardsmen

What advantages am I eligible for?

  • Health Care
  • Compensation (payments)

How do I receive these advantages?

You must submit a claim for disability benefits and offer the following proof (supporting documentation):

  • Your military records showing you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987 while on active duty, or in the National Guard or Reserves, and
  • Medical records stating that you have 1 or more of the 8 illnesses on the presumptive conditions list (see above)

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