VA Compensation for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may have been contaminated.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 allows veterans and their families to pursue additional compensation from legal claims for the first time ever.

Sokolove Law is proud to work with Ed Bell, the champion of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, to help veterans get justice, VA benefits, and compensation.

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Camp Lejeune Veterans Benefits

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers benefits, health care, and compensation to veterans with service-related health conditions.

Sadly, many veterans believe the VA has made it difficult to receive the VA benefits they need. In 2012, the VA began using alleged “subject matter experts” (SMEs) to review VA claims for Camp Lejeune water contamination.

According to a Yale Law School study, once the SMEs became involved with these claims, the approval rate dropped drastically, from 19.9% in 2011 to just 4.5% in 2013.

By 2015, only 1% of all VA Camp Lejeune claims were approved. While approval rates have risen since 2017, over 75% of Camp Lejeune VA claims are still denied in 2022.

Thanks to a new law called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, U.S. military veterans and their families may now be able to receive compensation from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for the first time ever.

The Congressional Budget Office has projected spending $6.1 Billion to compensate victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination between 2022 and 2031.

Don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve — contact Sokolove Law today to get started. Taking legal action will not affect your VA benefits.

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Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination VA Claim?

Camp Lejeune veterans, reservists, and guardsmen may qualify for VA benefits if they:

  • Were stationed at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River
  • Served for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987
  • Did not receive a dishonorable discharge
  • Were diagnosed with one or more of the presumptive illnesses listed below

The VA may also reimburse the health care costs of a veteran's spouse and/or children if they:

  • Lived on the base between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987 and received care for a qualifying health condition on or after August 6, 2012
  • Lived on the base between August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1956 and received care for a qualifying condition on or after December 16, 2014

In addition to VA benefits, those affected by the toxic water on base may now also qualify for a Camp Lejeune settlement, which is separate compensation awarded from a lawsuit.

Get help determining your eligibility by calling (800) 995-1212 now. Our team is ready to help 24/7, and there’s no cost to speak with us.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Presumptive Illnesses for Veterans

Sadly, there have been many health issues linked to water contamination at Camp Lejeune. However, the VA only recognizes eight Camp Lejeune service-connected conditions for veterans.

The eight Camp Lejeune presumptive 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

Veterans who have one of these conditions after being exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune may qualify for VA disability benefits in addition to health care.

However, the VA encourages all Camp Lejeune veterans and their loved ones who are experiencing other health issues they believe are related to water contamination to file a claim.

Thanks to a new law, our Camp Lejeune attorneys may now be able to help veterans and their family members pursue compensation for these and other health issues — even if they were diagnosed decades ago.

Qualifying Health Conditions for Family Members

The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 requires the VA to reimburse family members for health care costs relating to certain water contamination issues.

This reimbursement may be available for the veteran’s spouse and/or children (including if they were in utero while the family lived on base).

Health care expenses for these 15 health conditions may be reimbursed:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

Family members may now also be able to pursue Camp Lejeune compensation by filing a legal claim in addition to pursuing VA health care and other benefits.

Learn more about taking legal action by calling (800) 995-1212 or filling out our contact form. It costs nothing to speak with our team.

How to File Camp Lejeune VA Claims for Benefits

Both Camp Lejeune VA health and disability benefits may be available to affected veterans and their families if they meet the criteria outlined above. However, many veterans have faced unfair delays or denials of their Camp Lejeune VA claims.

By working with a Camp Lejeune attorney, you can get experienced legal help:

  • Determining your eligibility for benefits
  • Gathering the evidence for your claim, including medical records, military orders, and proof of your toxic water exposure
  • Preparing and filing your Camp Lejeune VA claim
  • Pursuing additional compensation from a legal claim

At Sokolove Law, there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs to work with one of our VA-accredited lawyers.

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Types of VA Benefits for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Camp Lejeune VA Health Care

Because of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, veterans and their families may be entitled to health care through the VA if they have certain health conditions.

VA health care benefits can help veterans and their family members pay for doctor appointments, treatments, and other health care services.

VA Disability for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

VA disability is a type of compensation the VA provides to veterans who become injured or sick during or as a result of their service. These monthly payments are usually tax free.

The amount of VA disability compensation will vary depending on the severity of the veteran’s disability. The VA rates disability as a percentage, with a 100% rating being the most severe injuries or illnesses.

In 2022, VA disability claims award over $3,330 for a single veteran with a 100% disability rating. More money may be awarded if the veteran has dependents (like a spouse or children).

Get help filing a Camp Lejeune VA disability claim today. We can also let you know if you may qualify for additional benefits and compensation.

VA Survivor Benefits

Based on the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, survivors may be eligible for additional Camp Lejeune VA benefits.

Camp Lejeune survivor benefits may include:

  • VA dependency and indemnity compensation (VA DIC): This monthly payment may be available to the children, spouses, and parents of veterans who passed away from a Camp Lejeune service-connected condition.
  • Burial allowance: This flat-rate payment helps to cover the burial and funeral costs of eligible veterans. If a veteran isn’t married, their children or parents may file for VA burial allowance.
  • One-time benefits payment: The veteran’s surviving spouse, dependent child, or dependent parent may be eligible to receive a one-time accrued benefits payment if they were owed unpaid benefits at the time of their passing.

Sokolove Law: Helping Victims Pursue Camp Lejeune Compensation

For over 40 years, Sokolove Law has been helping injured veterans get the justice and compensation they deserve. We thank you for your service and would be honored to serve you and your family.

If you or your loved one lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987, you may now be eligible for compensation from a legal claim in addition to VA benefits — thanks to a newly passed law called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

Call (800) 995-1212 or get a free case review today. Our team can tell you more about your options and how we may be able to help.

VA Camp Lejeune Water Contamination FAQs

What is the PACT Act of 2022 for veterans?

Known officially as The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, the PACT Act is considered to be one of the largest expansions of benefits and health care in VA history.

The PACT Act will expand and extend eligibility for VA health care to veterans affected by toxic exposures. It will also require the VA to provide a screening for toxic exposure to every veteran receiving VA health care.

Within the PACT Act is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. This newly passed bill and soon-to-become law would help civilian workers, veterans, and their family members who lived at Camp Lejeune recover compensation for their exposure to the contaminated water.

Who is eligible for Camp Lejeune water contamination VA benefits?

U.S. military veterans, reservists, and guardsmen who lived or worked on base for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987 may be eligible for VA compensation for Camp Lejeune water contamination if they have one of these presumptive conditions:

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

A veteran’s spouse and children may also qualify for VA health care benefits for certain health conditions.

Thanks to a newly passed law, U.S. military veterans and their family members may now be able to secure additional Camp Lejeune water compensation by taking legal action.

Filing a lawsuit will not impact your VA benefits. Call (800) 995-1212 or get a free case review to learn more about your options and how we can help.

Can a family member receive VA benefits for Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Potentially, yes. A military veteran’s spouse and children may qualify for a reimbursement of their health care costs from the VA if they lived on the base for at least 30 days while the water was contaminated and have a qualifying health condition.

Qualifying conditions include:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

Additional compensation may be available for family members affected by these conditions and more, thanks to a new law called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.

Learn more about taking legal action in addition to pursuing Camp Lejeune water contamination VA benefits.

What can I do if my Camp Lejeune water contamination VA claim was denied?

If your Camp Lejeune water contamination VA claim was denied, you may now be able to receive the compensation you need from a Camp Lejeune legal claim instead — thanks to a new law called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.

Anyone who lived or worked on the base for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987 may now qualify for compensation from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form today to learn more about your eligibility for free.

Will filing a lawsuit affect my Camp Lejeune water VA benefits?

No — filing a lawsuit will not affect your VA benefits for Camp Lejeune water contamination. Thanks to a newly passed law, you may now be eligible for additional compensation from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

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