The U.S. has agreed to pay more than $2 billion to veterans who developed any of eight diseases linked to their time spent at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987.
Our brief thoughts –
Congratulations to those that may receive it. We are not sure how this $2billion will spread around in terms of total compensation available on an average per claimant basis. This may be a low payout given the volume of exposed at Lejeune. Given the history of this issue and the actions of government agencies involved, we remain cautiously optimistic. Time will tell as to the sufficiency of this payout.
Interesting, also that this was released quietly, and on the way out the door, by the current administration – the same administration that urged DOJ attorneys to fight to stymie litigation in the courts by those seeking legal recourse. Based on this tacit admission of guilt through recent VA rule changes and through this announced payout to exposed Marines, we call for all civilians, spouses and children exposed on the base to also immediately receive equivalent care and compensation from DOD/DOL. In addition, the administration and DOJ should reverse its stance in the courts regarding any future litigation and stop standing in the way behind statutes of repose blocking fair legal pursuits.
More to come as information becomes available.
11pm (Updated) – As of 1/13, the following will be published in the Federal Register as the Final Rule on Lejeune regarding VA presumptive conditions: