VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

By Douglas I. Friedman of Friedman Law Firm, P.C.

The VA announced on August 3, 2015 that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
This is in addition to the healthcare that the VA already provides for eligible Veterans who have one of 15 conditions and were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. VA also provides reimbursement of healthcare expenses for those 15 conditions to eligible family members who resided at Camp Lejeune during that time period.
The diseases that are currently being reviewed for potential presumptive service connection include kidney cancer, angiosarcoma of the liver, and acute myelogenous leukemia. These conditions are known to be related to long-term exposure to the chemicals (Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene) that were in the water at Lejeune from the 1950s through 1987.
The VA has published information about Camp Lejeune at To register for notifications about Camp Lejeune drinking water go to

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