In March of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that veterans who served at least thirty days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have since been diagnosed with certain diseases will be presumed to have been exposed to contaminated well water and entitled to VA benefits.
As VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin stated: “The Camp Lejeune presumptions will make it easier for those veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”
These diseases include adult leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, liver cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and multiple myeloma. These illnesses add to the current list of fifteen recognized since 2012.
VA benefits for veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for the requisite number of days during the applicable time period will reimburse family members or pay providers for medical expenses.