Camp Lejeune and VA Benefits
By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer
In January 2017, the VA finally added presumptive conditions for veterans exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The government discovered the contamination in the early 1980’s, so the presumption of service-connection has been a long time coming. There are eight conditions on the list. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and have been denied VA disability in the past, you may now have a successful claim.
Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
For decades, service members, and their families, at Camp Lejeune were exposed to water that was polluted with dangerous contaminants including:
- Vinyl Chloride
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
Camp Lejeune Presumptive Conditions
Service-connection is presumed for veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987 and have been diagnosed with one of eight specific diseases. The 30 days did not have to be consecutive. Camp Lejeune presumptive conditions are:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and
- Parkinson’s disease
How This Helps Disabled Veterans
The presumption of service-connection means makes it easier for you to claim the disability benefits that you have earned. You do not need a nexus letter. If you have one of the eight conditions listed above, and served at Camp Lejeune during the applicable time period, you no long have to prove that your disability is service-connected.
Now the issue is getting the right rating for your disability. An experienced VA disability lawyer can help.
To learn more about Camp Lejeune and presumptive conditions, please talk to an experienced VA disability lawyer right away.