The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will soon begin reviewing the disability status of Marines who were sickened by contaminated water over a 30-year period at Military Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Veterans who were exposed to the tainted water have reported the development of cancers and at least a dozen other illnesses. The disability status is in addition to the health care that the VA provides to eligible veterans who spent at least 30 days at the North Carolina base between August 1953 and December 1987.
Evidence of water contamination was first discovered in the early 1980s, though records show that Marine leaders were initially slow to respond to these findings. Some of the drinking water wells were later closed after further testing confirmed that they contained contaminants from leaking fuel tanks and an off-base dry cleaner.
According to health officials, it is estimated that as many as one million people may have been exposed to the polluted water. As of 2012, 82 men with ties to Camp Lejeune had developed an extremely rare form of male breast cancer.
Thanks to the Janey Ensminger Act, which was approved by the U.S. House in 2012, Marines and their families who have been affected by the situation at Camp Lejeune will be able to receive the health benefits they need. The VA will begin granting presumptive disability status to any veterans that claim they were affected by the contaminated water as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Veterans and their families will finally be able to receive their due for what they have suffered in the service of our country.
Our veterans disability lawyers George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are passionate about fighting for the rights of the men and women who selflessly served and sacrificed for our country. If you or a loved one have suffered an illness after being stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina – or have any other service-connected disability – our legal team is available to help you navigate the process to secure the benefits you need.
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