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Camp Lejeune - Health Care and Benefits

Agent Orange Newsletter: Information for Vietnam-era Veterans and their families.
 
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VA provides health and disability benefits for Veterans, Reservists, National Guard members, and family members who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune, a U.S. Marine Corps Base in North Carolina, between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for at least 30 days. VA is offering these benefits because the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals, possibly leading to various health conditions.

VA provides qualifying Veterans with cost-free health care for the following 15 conditions:

  • Certain cancers (esophageal, breast, kidney, lung, and bladder cancer)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Renal toxicity
  • Female infertility
  • Scleroderma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Neurobehavioral effects

For the above conditions, family members of military personnel who lived at Camp Lejeune are eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses not already covered by their other health plans.

For Veterans and Reserve and National Guard members, VA has established presumptive service connection for eight health conditions associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply. This means VA presumes that service at Camp Lejeune caused the conditions and provides disability compensation without additional proof.

These conditions are:

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

Read more about Camp Lejeune benefits at https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp and disability benefits at www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/camp-lejeune.asp

 

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