Recently, the VA has determined a new category of presumptive benefit coverage related to eight diseases associated with exposure of contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Veterans are covered if they served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and who were diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
In the early 1980’s, trichloroethylene, a metal degreaser, and perchlorpethylene, a dry cleaning agent, along with benzene and vinyl chloride, were found in two of the wells supplying water to the area. Although the wells were closed in February, 1985, all of Camp Lejeune and the MCAS New River area, including satellite camps and housing areas were exposed to the contaminants.
Veterans who believe their health problems may be related to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune are encouraged to contact their primary care providers and to file a claim. The VA will review the claim and determine if disability compensation should be awarded.