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Water contamination at Camp Lejeune existed for decades and exposed thousands of people to serious health risks.  Specifically, from 1953 to 1987, everyone living or working at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was exposed to a variety of toxins in the water.  Service members living on the base at the time, along with their families, were unknowingly drinking contaminated water, as well as cooking with it, bathing in it, and washing their clothes in it.  Veterans became sick with a list of health problems now presumed to be connected to their military service.

VA’s List of Presumptive Conditions Associated with Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Exposure

VA has established a list of presumptive conditions for service members that served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

In order to receive presumptive service connection, you must show that you served during that time period and have a current diagnosis of one of the above-mentioned conditions.

Healthcare Benefits for Veterans and Family Members

In addition to VA’s list of 8 presumptive conditions for the purposes of disability compensation benefits veterans, there is a list of 7 more health conditions that are linked to contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune, for which VA offers free healthcare to both veterans and their family members.  The list of conditions eligible for healthcare benefits, such as reimbursement for out-of-pocket healthcare costs, include the following:

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

In order to receive reimbursement for costs incurred during the treatment of a qualified condition listed above, you must first apply to the Camp Lejeune Family Member Program by completing VA Form 10-10068: Camp Lejeune Family Member Program Application and submitting it to VA, or you can do so online.  VA will require you to submit evidence proving your eligibility for the program, such as:

  • Marriage license or birth certificate that shows a dependent relationship to a veteran who was stationed at Camp Lejeune;
  • Proof that you lived at the base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Such proof can include base housing records, military orders, utility bills, or tax forms
  • Medical records proving that you paid medical expenses for one of the qualifying conditions above, “respective to the following date ranges:”
    • Dependents who lived at Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987 can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred on or after August 6, 2012
    • Dependents living at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1956 can have medical expenses incurred due to a qualifying condition reimbursed for care received on or after December 16, 2014
  • VA Form 10-10068b: Camp Lejeune Family Member Program Treating Physician Report completed by your doctor.

Call 800-544-9144 for a Free Case Evaluation

If you are a veteran who served at Camp Lejeune and is now suffering from a condition associated with water contamination, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help.  Our firm is uniquely experienced in handling claims dealing with Camp Lejeune contaminated water exposure.  For a free case evaluation, call 800-544-9144 today.

 

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