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VETERANS BENEFITS FOR THOSE EXPOSED TO TOXIC CHEMICALS IN CAMP LEJEUNE WATER
As Many as One Million People May Have Been Exposed, Including Both Veterans and Their Family Members.
For decades, the military allowed carcinogens and other pollutants to reach and become embedded in the groundwater at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Established in 1942, the base itself has served as home to thousands of military personnel and their family members, as well as independent contractors working and living at the base. In the 1980’s, the United States government discovered that there were dangerous chemical compounds within the groundwater at Camp Lejeune. This would mean that for over 30 years, more than a million people (soldiers, their family members, civilians, employees) all drank and bathed in this contaminated water.
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There has been a significant amount of scientific research made available that points to the association between exposure to this water and the contaminants found within it, and the development of certain types of cancers and diseases.
Many officials do believe that the contamination at Camp Lejeune is one of, if not the most devastating water contamination cases in the history of our country.
To respond and hopefully mitigate the situation, the Department of Veterans Affairs has established presumptive service connection and cost-free health care for the service members who qualify — anyone exposed to the contaminants from Camp Lejeune between August 1st, 1953 and December 31st, 1987.
Unfortunately, albeit a grand gesture on their behalf, these benefits often fall short of providing both service members and their families with an equal amount of compensation in relation to what they’ve been through.
Hopefully, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 can work to actively help these victims and their families due to the ability to now bring a claim against the government.
Diseases and Cancers Associated with Camp Lejeune
The number of diseases and types of cancer that are associated with Camp Lejeune is simply staggering. Below, you’ll find a full list (as of October 5th, 2022) of everything that is currently recognized as stemming from Camp Lejeune:
- Adult/Child Leukemias.
- Aplastic Anemia.
- Bile Duct Cancer.
- Bladder Cancer.
- Breast Cancer (Male & Female).
- Cardiac Birth Defects.
- Central Nervous System Cancers.
- Esophageal Cancer.
- Female Infertility.
- Gallbladder Cancer.
- Hepatic Steatosis (Fatty Liver Disease).
- Kidney Cancer.
- Liver Cancer.
- Lung Cancer.
- Multiple Myeloma.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome.
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
- Rectal Cancer.
- Renal Toxicity/Kidney Disease.
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma.
- Systemic Sclerosis
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