Current Summary of Available Camp Lejeune Contamination Benefits and Compensation

If you served at the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina, you may have had contact with contaminants (solvents, lubricants, pesticides, and other chemicals – benzene, TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride and more) in the drinking water.

The Camp Lejeune water supply was contaminated with high levels of volatile organic compounds from the late 1953 to 1987. Scientific and medical evidence has shown an association between exposure to these contaminants during military service and development of certain diseases later in life.

The Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry now officially acknowledges that “past exposure to contaminants in the drinking water sat Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) has increased the risk of cancers and other adverse health effects of the residents (including infants and children), civilian workers, Marines and Naval personnel.

If you have qualifying service at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River and a current diagnosis of one of the conditions listed below, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

Eligibility for compensation and healthcare:

  • Must have served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987.
  • You were discharged from the military under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • You must have a current diagnosis of one or more of the following presumptive conditions:
    • Adult leukemia
    • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
    • Bladder cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    • Parkinson’s disease

Currently applies only to:

  • Veterans
  • Reservists
  • Guardsmen

Benefits available are:

  • Healthcare
  • Compensation payments

How do you get these compensation benefits?

  • You will need to visit the Veterans Service Office and bring your military discharge papers showing you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River during August 1953 to December 1987 to file a claim.
  • Evidence stating that you have one or more of the eight illnesses on the presumptive conditions list above.

Based on a 2012 law, all of the veterans and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune and/or MCAS New River are eligible for healthcare benefits and may be reimbursed for out of pocket costs that were related to any of the 15 conditions listed below. However, not all of these conditions are eligible for compensation, only health benefits.

The conditions are:

  • 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

This information is the latest from recent updates provided by the Veterans Administration (VA).


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2 thoughts on “Current Summary of Available Camp Lejeune Contamination Benefits and Compensation

  • July 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Let me just say that if anyone has a problem with obtaining their medical records or military records, all anyone has to do is file a FOIA for either records and the VA and the Military Records Department has to find ALL of your records or approve your claims.

  • August 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm



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