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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims

This Alert Affects:

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.
Additional Details
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:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Renal toxicity
  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  •  Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Miscarriage
  • Female infertility 

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

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Case Resources

Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune Report, 2009
The National Research Council (NRC) assesses water contamination at Camp Lejeune and potential health effects.
Camp Lejeune Studies Assessment
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATDSR) assesses the feasibility of conducting future epidemiological studies at USMC base Camp Lejeune.
The Navy Press Release, February 2010
America's Navy and the ATSDR reach an agreement on continuing health studies at Camp Lejeune.
The Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012
Federal law that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide medical services for 15 illnesses in veterans and eligible family members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.
ATSDR's Guide to Camp Lejeune
Information on the ATSDR's ongoing research into the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.