In the early 1980s contaminants were found in two wells that provided water at Camp Lejeune, N.C., The contaminants included the volatile organic compounds trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent, and vinyl chloride, as well as benzene, and other compounds. It is estimated that the contaminants were in the water supply from the mid-1950’s until February 1985 when the wells were shut down.
There is evidence of an association between certain diseases and the contaminants found in the water supply at Camp Lejeune during the period of contamination.
As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide quality care to Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has established a presumption of service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Active duty, reserve, and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River, N.C. for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987, may be eligible for disability benefits. The presumption rule was published on January 13, 2017, and is effective either 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, or following conclusion of the 60-day Congressional Review, whichever is later.
The presumptive diseases are:
To be eligible for benefits, you must:
For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.
Health benefits or cost reimbursement for 15 conditions may be available for Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. The Camp Lejeune Healthcare web page contains information on the conditions covered and application instructions.
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Last updated March 23, 2017