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VA Benefits May Soon Be Available For Poisoned Camp Lejeune Troops | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

VA Benefits May Soon Be Available For Poisoned Camp Lejeune Troops

It has been estimated that about 15,000 vets may have serious health problems due to consuming contaminated water while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. These veterans may soon see some help from the VA due to a recent Department of Veterans Affair rule that has been proposed, but has not yet been approved.

The vets in question were stationed at Camp Lejeune from the period 1953 through 1987, and it applies only to those troops who spent at least 30 days at the camp. For those individuals, the new rule automatically assumes a connection between the contaminated water and 8 diseases. Those diseases are listed as: anemia, liver cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s, kidney and bladder cancer.

water-tapIn 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that certain contaminants that were introduced into the water did increase the risk for the above listed illnesses. The contaminants were listed as forms of de-greasing products and other types of chemical.

The big change that vets need to know about the new rule is that it changes the claim process from individual case-by-case to what the VA is calling “presumptive” status. This means that those who qualify under the above mentioned conditions simply have to present their symptoms to be “presumed” to be associated with the bad water; they do not have to prove it anymore.

The 30-day minimum exposure requirement may change under the final draft according to a VA written announcement. It was also announced that a public comment period has begun and will last until October 10th. Once the new rule is put into effect, new claims and all pending claims will be approved.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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3 thoughts on “VA Benefits May Soon Be Available For Poisoned Camp Lejeune Troops

  1. This is way over due I am sure many have died waiting shame on the government for covering this up and making them wait so long for help and benefits.

  2. Was there from Aug. 70 till Oct. 71. 2 years ago had kidney removed due to cancer. Claim denied and sent in a NOD July of 15. Never hear anything from them. If they said drink at your own risk, that would be different. You would think the water would be safe here cause we are not some third world country. I think they are just waiting for us to die off and then the problem is taken care of.

  3. Having lived on an ever changing roller coaster of depression for over 40 years is bad enough not to mention the Government is taking far to long to help the many Veterans who were contaminated at Camp Lejune. No amount of compensation can undo the many heartaches and turmoil brought on by this disaster but I expect THEM to try. Cpl E. F. Young USMC 1969-1972 Camp Lejune 19 months.

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