VA Proposes Presumptive Service Connection For Camp Lejeune Veterans

Summary: If you served at Camp Lejeune 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 September 9, 2016 VA issued a notice of proposed rule-making that acknowledges the relationship between exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune (in unknown quantities) 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:

VA proposes to presume exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune for all active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel who served for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) at Camp Lejeune during the period beginning August 1, 1953, and ending on December 31, 1987.  VA proposes to include both consecutive and nonconsecutive days in the calculation of the 30-day requirement to clarify that VA will presume exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune for veterans who may have served at Camp Lejeune on multiple occasions that total no less than 30 days.

For additional information, visit Stars and Stripes: Vets poisoned at Camp Lejeune inch closer to VA benefits.

Click here to view full text of the proposed rule-making.

Category: Veterans Law