VA Announces List of Presumptive Illnesses Associated with Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is finally acknowledging the harmful effects the Camp Lejeune water supply, contaminated more than 30 years ago, had of servicemembers. The VA might consider servicemembers, reserve, and National Guard members stationed at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987 disabled if they suffer from certain “presumptive illnesses.”
The VA recently published the proposed regulations that establish eight presumptive illnesses connected with service at Camp Lejeune during the designated period. After water sample assessments taken in 1980 had revealed toxic chemicals in the water supply, the military shut down the contaminated wells. Researchers identified the following diseases that are “presumptively related” to this exposure:
- Adult leukemia
- Bladder cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
If the proposed rule passes, the VA will consider those who served a minimum of 30 days at Camp Lejeune, during the time mentioned above, service-connected disabled if they experience any of these illnesses.
The 30 days of service can be either simultaneous or cumulative.
Presumptive Illnesses Help Veterans Get Benefits
The VA already enacted the presumptive illness system for veterans of the Vietnam War exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides, but has just recently gotten around to helping veterans exposed at Camp Lejeune.
If you believe you have a disease or condition related to your military service, the Disability Help Group can assist you in filing for veterans’ benefits and appealing denied requests.
Contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified disability advocates today.