Veterans, Reservists, Guardsmen, civilian employees, and family members who worked and/or lived at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from August 1953 through December 1987
Three separate groundwater sources - Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace and Holcomb Boulevard
Veterans can receive disability and health care benefits for the 7 diseases associated with the toxic water listed below:
Qualifying Veterans can receive all their healthcare from the VA (except dental care), and no copays for VA hospital care or medical services for these conditions after service connection is established and the rating has completed processing.
Veterans with any of the qualifying health conditions below will receive a minimum of Category 6 status for VA health care, however the VA reviews and decides claims on a case-by-case basis:
File a claim for disability compensation and provide:
The VA may pay you and/or any dependent family members back for out of pocket health care costs that relate to any of the conditions caused by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
You'll need to file a claim for disability compensation and provide all of this evidence:
Document proving your relationship to the Veteran who served on active duty for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune (like a marriage license, birth certificate, or adoption papers), and
Document proving that you lived at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987 (like utility bills, base housing records, military orders, or tax forms), and
Medical records that show you have one of the 15 conditions listed above (as well as the date the illness was diagnosed and that you're being treated or have been treated in the past for this illness)
And you'll need to provide evidence that you paid health care expenses for your claimed condition during one of the time periods listed below.
Between January 1, 1957, and December 31, 1987 (if you lived on Camp Lejeune during this time period, we'll reimburse you for care received on or after August 6, 2012, and up to 2 years before the date of your application), or
Between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1956 (if you lived on Camp Lejeune during this time period, we'll reimburse you for care received on or after December 16, 2014, and up to 2 years before the date you apply for benefits)
Family members are not eligible for disability benefits. However, family members can get health care benefits.
Yes, they have complained of the following heart conditions:
Some Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune say the contaminated water caused their teeth to deteriorate, break, or even fall out. In some cases, the water allegedly eroded their enamel (the tooth's outer covering), forcing them to have their teeth extracted.
You are still entitled to your VA benefits if you report your injuries and fulfill a case. However, any compensation received through disability benefits will be lessened by the amount of VA benefits given to the claimant that were documented as a result of the exposure to the contaminated water.
If you file your claim online, you'll get an on-screen message from the VA after you submit the form.
If you mail your application, the VA will send you a letter to let you know the claim has been received. You should get this letter about one week, plus mailing time, after the VA receives your claim.
-Ask for evidence from you, health care providers, governmental agencies, or others
-Review the evidence
-Make a decision
Most will be filed as individual personal injury claims, and the rest as class action lawsuits
125.3 days is the average as of 2022
No claims can be filed until after the bill is signed into law. The hope is that the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits will finally allow victims to be compensated for their injuries after decades of being denied access to justice.
It's too early to estimate how much a settlement for Camp Lejeune water contamination will be for an individual claimant. More information on settlement amounts will be available as the litigation progresses and the legislative process is completed. Ultimately, if claims can't be settled, the Act allows victims to ask a jury to award fair compensation for their claims.
Justice for the victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune has been a long time coming.
The 2022 Honoring our PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, has support from the House and Senate, and is publicly supported by President Biden.
This Act will allow Veterans, family members, and any other person who lived or worked at the base between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and who was harmed by the contaminated water that supplied the base for decades, to pursue compensation through administrative claims and lawsuits.