Did you serve at Camp LeJeune between August 1953 and December 1987?
Then you’ll want to read this!
The VA has finally determined that people who worked or lived at Camp LeJeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. You can read more about the specifics of the chemical contamination at this link.
Illnesses with Presumptive Service Connection
As of January 13, 2017, the following eight diseases have been granted a presumptive service connection for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members living or working at Camp LeJeune during the affected dates:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
If you are a Veteran who worked at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days during the dates listed above and you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, there is now enough scientific and medical evidence to support your claim for medical care through the VA.
The Final Rule Regarding Presumptive Service Connection
You can read the final rule released by the VA on January 13, 2017, at this link. It will become effective either 60 days following publication in the Federal Register, or after conclusion of the 60-day Congressional Review, whichever is later.
If you suffer from another condition that you believe may have resulted from your exposure to chemicals at Camp LeJeune, you can still file a claim. You will have to go through the process of trying to prove your condition is a result of your stay at Camp LeJeune. The VA will consider the documentation you submit and make a determination on a case-by-case basis.
Camp LeJeune Families Act of 2012
The 2012 Camp LeJeune health care law provides cost-free health care to Veterans who served at least 30 days of active duty at Camp LeJeune from January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.
Qualifying health conditions include:
|· Esophageal cancer||· Lung Cancer|
|· Breast cancer||· Bladder cancer|
|· Kidney cancer||· Leukemia|
|· Multiple myeloma||· Myelodysplastic syndromes|
|· Renal toxicity||· Hepatic steatosis|
|· Female infertility||· Miscarriage|
|· Scleroderma||· Neurobehavioral effects|
|· Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma|
If you are eligible for coverage for any of these 15 conditions under the 2012 Camp LeJeune health care law, all medical services, including co-pays, will be at no cost to you.
Family member health care reimbursement
If your family lived at Camp LeJeune with you during the period outlined above, they may also be eligible for reimbursement for the same 15 covered health conditions. Unfortunately, the VA will only pay the costs paid by you after all insurance coverage has paid its share.
How to apply for assistance
Apply online or call 1-877-222-8387.
Inform VA staff that you served on active duty at Camp LeJeune
for at least 30 days during the covered time period.
For more detailed information on the application process, click here.
What type of evidence can I submit with my family application?
- Marriage license or birth certificate showing your relationship to a Veteran who served at Camp LeJeune during the covered period.
- Proof you lived on the base for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 (i.e., copies of orders or base housing records).
- Evidence you paid health care expenses for a covered condition respective to the following date ranges:
- If you lived on Camp LeJeune between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987, then you can be reimbursed for care that you received on or after August 6, 2012.
- If you lived on Camp LeJeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1956, then you can be reimbursed for care that you received on or after December 16, 2014.
If you cannot submit evidence to support your claim, the VA will examine its internal sources and the Department of Defense (DoD) to support your application. This may take longer to complete a review of your application.