WASHINGTON – A rule from the Department of Veteran Affairs went into effect Tuesday that will grant compensation to veterans who suffer from illnesses caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
Any veteran that served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987 and suffers from a service connected illness is now eligible for disability compensation. Also, any veteran that meets the criteria and is suffering from any of the following eight diseases will automatically qualify for compensation:
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Adult leukemia
- Multiple myeloma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
“It has been a long fight for these veterans to get the compensation they deserve,” said Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). “I want to thank Jerry Ensminger for his work on behalf of the Lejeune veterans and their families. These men and women sacrificed for our nation and have earned this care and support. I encourage all veterans who may be eligible for compensation to contact my office for assistance making a claim.”
The VA says more than 900,000 service members are estimated to have had possible exposure to toxic water.
“I am thankful the day has finally come that veterans affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune begin receiving compensation,” said Senator Tillis (R-NC). “This overdue justice is a result of persistence and hard-work by a number of people, and I would like to specifically thank Senator Burr and Jerry Ensminger for tirelessly advocating on behalf of the victims. As always, any veteran who has a problem receiving their compensation from the VA should contact my office.”
In 2015, the VA granted disability status to victims of Camp Lejeune’s poisoned water.
The federal rule is available online here.