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Conditions Related To Service At Camp LeJeune

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.

Under a law signed Aug. 6, 2012, Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 1957 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be eligible for medical care through the VA for 15 health conditions:

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

While none of the conditions above qualify for presumptive status, veterans may still pursue direct service connection through a medical nexus letter.

In 2012, QuatriniRafferty was able to obtain full service connection, and a 100% disability percentage, for our client – a Camp LeJeune vet – by working with our client’s treating oncologist and hematologist to get medical nexus reports.

Contact us online or call 888-534-6016 for assistance in obtaining advice on applying for veterans disability compensation benefits or appealing an unfavorable decision.

Case Examples

QR represented a veteran of the Marine Corps from Larimer, Pennsylvania who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Based on the Veteran’s service at Camp Lejeune, which included exposure to benzene, TCE, PCE, and vinyl chloride, QR was able to help the Veteran receive 100% rating after coordinating completion of a disability benefits questionnaire to confirm the cancer diagnosis and its severity. QR was also successful in obtaining Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits based on the permanency of his condition.