January 18, 2017

Vets Who Served at Camp Lejeune May Be Eligible For VA Disability Benefits

By The Old Sarge

Attention veterans and military family members who served or lived at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. If you suffer from certain medical conditions, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Over a five-year period beginning in March, the VA will begin providing about $2.2 billion to veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated drinking water at the Marine base. The VA announced on Jan. 13 that there is scientific and medical evidence that shows an association to water contaminates on Lejeune and certain diseases.

The new regulations cover veterans that were stationed there for at least 30 days cumulative between August 1953 through December 1987. To qualify for the cash payouts, veterans must have been stationed there for at least 30 days cumulative during that period.

The VA estimates that up to 900,000 military members may have been exposed to the contaminated water. The VA says that as of Friday, Jan. 13, it had already received approximately 1,400 disability claims related to Lejeune and its toxic water.

Veterans, Reservists and Guardsmen who served at the Marine bases during that period, and who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following presumptive conditions, may qualify for VA disability benefits:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

The VA presumes that specific medical disabilities diagnosed in military veterans were caused by military service and disability benefits can be awarded without a medical opinion.

Visit Allsup.com or email AVDS@allsupinc.com to learn how Allsup can help if you or someone you know has been denied VA disability compensation benefits, or if you believe you should have received a higher disability rating.

Written by

Dan Allsup