The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptive conditions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC.
Those regulations were published in the Federal Register 1/13/17. The final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during the period of August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987, and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have incurred or aggravated the disease in-service for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits.
The eight presumptive diseases are:
- adult leukemia
- aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- bladder cancer
- kidney cancer
- liver cancer
- multiple myeloma
- non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
The rule will become effective either 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, or following conclusion of the 60-day Congressional Review, whichever is later.
The VA’s News Release can be accessed here: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/includes/viewPDF.cfm?id=2853
If you have one of the above listed disabilities and served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987, then you need to file a compensation claim for your disability.
If you know of a veteran who died from one of these disabilities, (and that veteran also meets the Camp Lejeune requirements) and that veteran has a surviving spouse, the surviving spouse needs to file a dependency and indemnity compensation claim with the VA.
Brunswick County residents, please call the Brunswick County Veterans Service Office at (910)253-2233 to schedule an appointment to file a claim or obtain additional information about Veterans benefits.