On the morning of August 10, 2022, United States President Joe Biden made history by signing the bipartisan PACT Act into law. The new legislation expands federal health care services to veterans with illnesses related to toxins they inhaled or ingested during their time of service.
Crucially, this includes veterans exposed to contaminated water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
The milestone moment took place at the White House in the presence of government staff, members of the media, and military families who have been personally affected by toxin-induced illnesses.
President Biden, whose son, Joseph “Beau” Biden III, died of brain cancer in May 2015 following his deployment in Iraq, had commented on prioritizing this type of legislation during his State of the Union Address in March 2022.
“As a nation, we have … only one truly sacred obligation: to equip those we send into harm’s way and to care for them and their families when they come home,” said President Biden during the signing. “Today we are one step closer to fulfilling that sacred obligation.”
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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Timeline of Events
The history of Camp Lejeune spans more than 80 years.
Below, our team has outlined important events in the base’s history, including when its water was contaminated and what led to the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.
Filing a Claim: Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Timeline
If you or your loved ones lived at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between 1953 and 1987, and have experienced health issues known to be related to the contaminated water on the premises, you may be entitled to compensation.
However, because the Camp Lejeune Justice Act became law on August 10, 2022, you only have until August 10, 2024 to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for settlement money. If you don't file a claim by this time, you will not be able to again.
Water contamination health conditions may include:
- Aplastic anemia
- Birth defects
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cardiac defects
- Cervical cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Heart attack
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Multiple sclerosis
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Pancreatic cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer
For over 40 years, Sokolove Law has helped veterans and their families pursue justice and secure a Camp Lejeune settlement in addition to VA benefits — at no out-of-pocket costs.
Call (800) 995-1212 now to learn more about how our team of Camp Lejeune lawyers may be able to help with your claim. Don't miss out on money you deserve.