On August 6, 2012 President Obama signed into law the Camp Lejeune Family Act, which requires VA to provide healthcare to veterans and to eligible family members for one or more of 15 specified illnesses or conditions.
To be eligible for care under the provisions of this bill, the Veteran or Family Member must have served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) for not fewer than 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.
The following is a list of the illnesses and conditions associated with Camp Lejeune for which treatment may be provided.
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is conducting a study into the effects of toxic exposure from contaminated drinking water at a Marine Base in North Carolina. The reason? Two of eight water treatment facilities supplying water to the Camp LeJeune Marine Corps Base were found to be contaminated with volatile organic compounds from 1957 to 1987.
The Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant was contaminated by perchloroethylene, a colorless liquid commonly used for dry cleaning. The water was said to be contaminated due to the waste disposal practices of an off-base dry cleaning firm. The contamination levels at the Terawa Terrace Treatment plant far exceeded current standards between January 1957 and December 1987.
The Hadnot Treatment plant water was contaminated by trichloroethylene, a volatile anesthetic. The sources of TCE contamination was due to leaking underground storage tanks, industrial area spills and waste disposal sites.
The Holcomb Boulevard Distribution System was contaminated when a generator fuel line broke and began leaking into the system. The situation was identified after the base received complaints of a gasoline smell in on-base residential tap water. The system was immediately shut down and flushed out. Water was then pumped in from Hadnot point, which had contaminated water as well.
Our personal injury attorneys offer free case consultations for those who have been affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Call our firm today at 813-254-7119.