Camp Lejeune Water Contamination VA Benefits
Camp Lejeune benefits for veterans are available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
To get benefits, veterans and their family members must show that they:
- Lived on the base for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987
- Have a dependent relationship with a veteran who served at Camp Lejeune during this time
- Paid health care expenses for a covered condition within designated date ranges
While VA benefits have provided a level of support to those affected, many feel these benefits were not enough. Others have faced denials, locking them out of receiving desperately needed benefits.
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.
Contact the Camp Lejeune Claims Center now to discuss what new legal options may be available to you and your family.
Camp Lejeune Water VA Compensation
The U.S. government recognizes that almost a million veterans and civilians could have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, resulting in malignant cancer, congenital deformities, and other health issues.
In some areas of the base, levels of these contaminants were 400 times greater than acceptable safety standards.
Because of this exposure, eligible veterans are entitled to Camp Lejeune water VA compensation through disability and health care benefits.
Camp Lejeune Disability Claims
The VA first allowed veterans to file Camp Lejeune disability claims in 2012. However, many veterans have faced repeated denials, causing tremendous hardship.
According to a CBS News investigative report, a retired lieutenant colonel and lifelong aviator said he came to believe the VA’s approach was, “Deny, deny, deny until they die.” This is after the VA denied his claim even though seven doctors stated that his pancreatic and prostate cancers were linked to his service at Camp Lejeune in 1977.
Sadly, this is not an isolated case. Almost two dozen veterans contacted CBS News after it published a story on children who became ill at Camp Lejeune. The veterans came forward to describe a broken VA disability claims system.
Even if you were denied a Camp Lejeune disability claim, you may now be eligible to take legal action. Contact the Camp Lejeune Claims Center today to have your case reevaluated.
Camp Lejeune VA Health Care
Under the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, may be eligible to receive medical services (except dental care) from the VA at no cost.
However, many veterans and their loved ones feel this is not enough to make up for the tragedies they experienced, which sometimes even included death. Thankfully, new laws allow victims to seek justice through Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits.
Camp Lejeune Survivor Benefits
To receive Camp Lejeune survivor benefits, a claim must be filed with the VA for Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
The following documentation is needed to file a Camp Lejeune survivor benefits claim:
- Death certificate
- Medical records
- DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
- Orders showing service at Camp Lejeune
- Housing records
The VA will then make a service connection determination. Unfortunately, loved ones of Camp Lejeune victims are not always eligible to access survivor benefits through the VA. With the new Camp Lejeune Justice Act, loved ones of Camp Lejeune water contamination victims may be able to pursue a legal claim.
Contact the Camp Lejeune Claims Center now to discuss your legal options.
Camp Lejeune Reservists
Camp Lejeune reservists may be eligible to file a disability benefits claim if they meet both of the following requirements:
- Served at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987
- Did not receive a dishonorable discharge
Reservists must have also been diagnosed with one or more of the following presumptive conditions:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
Additionally, Camp Lejeune reservists may be newly eligible for compensation through a Camp Lejeune water contamination legal claim.
Camp Lejeune Guardsmen
Camp Lejeune guardsmen may be eligible for disability benefits if they meet the same requirements described above for reservists. As with reservists, guardsmen may now also be eligible to hire a Camp Lejeune Lawyer to file a water contamination lawsuit.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims
Although the federal government has offered support to the victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination, many believe it has not been enough. With the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, Camp Lejeune water contamination claims against the government can finally be filed.
Even if you are already receiving benefits or were previously denied, you may now be eligible to get the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, contact the Camp Lejeune Claims Center now. It is not too late to seek justice.