Camp Lejeune is a U.S. Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Toxic chemicals were released into the water supply systems from 1953 to 1987. This means that nearly 1 million people may have been exposed to these harmful chemicals. As a result, anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during this period may now be entitled to compensation.
What Happened at Camp Lejeune?
Camp Lejeune Toxic Water
Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, had two contaminated water supply systems from 1953 to 1987. Nearly 1 million people were exposed to toxic chemicals known to cause cancer and other health conditions.
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Veterans and Families at Risk
Anyone who worked or lived at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 may be at risk, including U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy personnel, civilian staff, and their families. Sadly, many of the people affected were young families — including pregnant women, infants, and children.
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Who Is to Blame?
Camp Lejeune water contamination is believed to have resulted from improper disposal practices by a privately owned dry cleaner next to the base as well as daily base operations, including underground storage tank leaks, industrial spills, and dumps.
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“Filing for relief under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 won’t affect your eligibility for VA disability or health care benefits. If the court awards you relief under this law (or if a court awarded relief in the past), this won’t affect the amount of your VA disability payments or your eligibility for VA health care.”
– U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) determined that the Camp Lejeune water wells contained:
Benzene is used to make plastics, nylon, resins, and synthetic fibers and is used in the manufacture of detergents, explosives, pharmaceuticals, and dyestuffs.
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Perchloroethylene (PCE) is used in dry cleaning and as a degreaser, and over time, PCE in groundwater becomes trichloroethylene (TCE) and vinyl chloride.
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What Are the Health Effects of Camp Lejeune's Water Contamination?
There are a number of health issues directly connected to the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that people living or working at Camp Lejeune when the water there was contaminated were more likely to die from certain cancers.
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When pregnant women are exposed to trichloroethylene, their babies have an increased risk for heart problems and immune system disorders.
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Veterans of Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune veterans benefits are available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Camp Lejeune Disability Claims
The VA first allowed veterans to file Camp Lejeune disability claims in 2012. Many veterans have faced repeated denials, causing tremendous hardship.
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Camp Lejeune VA Benefits
Camp Lejeune veterans may be eligible for free medical services from the VA as part of the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act.
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VA Survivors Benefits
With the new Camp Lejeune Justice Act, loved ones of Camp Lejeune water contamination victims may be able to pursue a legal claim.
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Which Veterans Are Affected?
U.S. Marine personnel, U.S. Navy personnel, civilian workers, and their family members may have been affected.
Affected Camp Lejeune Veterans
Explore the legacy of John Carberg, a U.S. Marine who developed bladder cancer from exposure to contaminated water while living at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. View Transcript.
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I used to ask my dad, “What was it like when you were a Marine, or when you were formerly a Marine?” And he would correct me every time, he’d say, “You’re never formerly a Marine. It’s never something in the past. Once you’re a Marine, you’re a Marine for life.”
My name is Chris Carberg and my father was United States Marine John Carberg, who passed away from bladder cancer.
My dad was 17 years old when he joined the Marines. And his dad was a Marine, his brother was a Marine. It was something in our whole family that we were proud of. He lived on a military base.
My father was at Camp Lejeune for, I believe less than 60 days. He had no idea that there was anything wrong with the water.
And to think that people were spending their last moments, before they were deployed to dangerous situations, being poisoned is absolutely infuriating. We had families at Camp Lejeune. We had families on the base. We had mothers who were pregnant drinking that water.
What changed with the PACT Act and with the Camp Lejeune Act of 2022, is that for the first time, the government lowered and dropped its own immunity to being prosecuted. Veterans, their family members, they are able for the first time to file lawsuits against the government.
My dad never cared about his legacy, but what he cared about was his family. He cared about my mom, he cared about me and my sister. He cared about us. and I think that what he would want is what he always wanted. For his family to be taken care of, for my mom to be taken care of. My dad would never do something like this for himself, but he would do it for my mom in a heartbeat.
When my son and daughter ask me eventually, “What happened to Pop-pop?” I have to tell them the truth, which was that, “Well, Pop-pop was serving his country proudly. He did everything the right way, doing that that he could.” And now it’s our turn, it’s our turn to care for him and while he was sick and alive, we fought for him. We did our very best.
It’s our job as families to honor the memory of our loved ones by fighting on their behalf when they can’t fight for themselves anymore.
How We Can Help
After decades of investigations, research studies, and tireless advocacy, new laws may allow Camp Lejeune water contamination victims to file lawsuits against the federal government.
If you or a loved one lived or worked on the base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, you may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.
Financial Compensation for Camp Lejeune Veterans
With the new Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, veterans and their loved ones may now be eligible for financial compensation, even if they were denied in the past or are currently receiving benefits.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
This new law allows Camp Lejeune water contamination victims to seek compensation from the federal government for their injuries and illness. If your loved one passed away, you may still be eligible to file a lawsuit on their behalf.
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Victims and their loved ones may now have legal options, even if they are already receiving VA benefits or were denied in the past. They may be entitled to financial compensation by filing lawsuits against the federal government.
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Camp Lejeune Veterans Lawyers
Camp Lejeune lawyers can help victims, and their loved ones learn if they are newly eligible for financial compensation. The top Camp Lejeune lawyers have experience helping people harmed by toxic chemicals.
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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
Victims of the toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune can pursue financial compensation for their injuries. Filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit could help you pay for treatments and protect your loved ones from medical bills eating away at your savings.
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