Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune between Jan. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987.
Individuals may be able to collect health benefits and disability compensation.
In the early 1980s, it was discovered that two water supply systems at Camp Lejeune were contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene and other hazardous chemicals.
These veterans and family members must have resided at the military base for at least 30 days between Jan. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may have been exposed to drinking water that was contaminated with benzene and other hazardous chemicals. Some evidence has indicated a link between the water contamination and the development of certain conditions, including several types of cancer. On Aug. 6, 2012, a new law was signed to provide medical care for veterans and family members who may have been affected.
If you or a loved one served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune between Jan. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 and developed any of the following conditions, you may have legal recourse:
What Compensation is the VA Providing?
Under the new law, veterans and family members are only entitled to medical care through the VA for the 15 medical conditions listed above. This new law applies only to health benefits and not disability compensation; however, veterans and family members who suspect they developed a health condition related to the contaminated drinking water are still eligible to submit a claim to the VA for disability benefits.