On August 10, 2022, a comprehensive bipartisan bill was signed into law, allowing veterans, family members, and others who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, to recover for illnesses caused by water contamination. This includes those who have already gone to the VA for benefits.
The water contamination at Camp Lejeune was caused by the waste disposal practices of an outside dry-cleaning establishment, as well as leaking underground storage tanks, waste disposal sites, and industrial area spills. The water plants were contaminated by PCE, TCE, benzene, and vinyl chloride.
To be eligible to file a claim, you or a loved one must have lived, worked, or have been otherwise present at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1937 and developed some type of physical harm due to the base’s contaminated water. Individuals who are eligible to file a claim include veterans, civilian workers, contractors, and family members of veterans, as well as those who were in the womb at the time and exposed in utero.