VA Finalizes Presumptive Service Connection For Camp Lejeune And New River Veterans

VA Finalizes Presumptive Service Connection For Camp Lejeune And New River Veterans

IF YOU SERVED AT MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE OR MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER FOR 30 DAYS (CONSECUTIVE OR NONCONSECUTIVE) AND HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ONE OF THE EIGHT CONDITIONS LISTED BELOW, YOU SHOULD FILE A CLAIM FOR VA DISABILITY BENEFITS. 

On January 13, 2017 VA published a finalized rule-making that acknowledges the relationship between exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune and New River and the subsequent development of the following health conditions:

(1) Kidney cancer
(2) non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
(3) adult leukemia
(4) liver cancer
(5) bladder cancer
(6) multiple myeloma
(7) Parkinson’s disease
(8) aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes.

Exposure Requirements:

The presumption of exposure to contaminants in the water supply applies for all active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel who served for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) at Camp Lejeune or New River during the period beginning August 1, 1953, and ending on December 31, 1987.

Click here to view full text of the rule.  

Category: Veterans Law