Camp LeJeune vets eligible for benefits | News | The Press and Standard

by | July 29, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

By JANET SMITH
Contributor

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene and other chemicals.
You may be eligible for VA health benefits if you served on active duty or have family members who resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987.
Veterans who are determined to be eligible will be able to receive VA health care for 15 qualifying health conditions at no cost to the veteran (including copayments).
VA is also reimbursing family members for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered conditions. VA can only pay for treatment after you have received payment from all your other health plans.
15 Qualifying health conditions include:
 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
Veterans must file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The Department of Veterans Affairs will decide these claims on a case-by-case basis. If you were previously denied, you may file for a re-evaluation.
Enrollment is required to receive VA health care.  Contact the Veterans Affairs Office to enroll. You may also apply online at vet.gov or call 1-877-222-8387 for assistance.
The Colleton County Veterans Affairs Office is located in the Bernard Warshaw Complex at 219 South Lemacks Street, Suite 124, Walterboro.  If you wish to file a claim for benefits or need other assistance regarding VA benefits, please stop in or call 843 549-1412 to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to assist you.

(Janet D. Smith is the director of the Colleton County Veterans Affairs Office.)

comments » 5

  1. Comment by Ricky Stone

    July 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I was stationed in Camp Lejeune in 1971 I have had hepatitis C psoriasis and cancer of the liver. I had a liver transplant in April 2015 I have about $30,000 and copays I could really use help with

  2. Comment by Krista

    July 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    File a claim ASAP! Liver cancer is going to be added as a presumptive condition in the very near future.

  3. Comment by Karen

    July 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Neuroendocrine Tumors (Net Cancer) carcinoid

    I know several base affiliated with this so called ” rare cancer”
    Born on n Lejuene, worked on Lejeune or lived in the vacinity of Lejeune

  4. Comment by Timothy R. Beard

    July 30, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I have Barrets disease and fibro myalgia that I feel is linked to the water. It’s to bad that I have to wait for the Barrets disease to turn to cancer before I get any benefits.

  5. Comment by Debra James Mitchell

    July 30, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    My father had several “tours” at Camp Lejeune (me & 2 siblings born there) he also served at DaNang Vietnam. He died of esophageal cancer (EC) and lung cancer in 2009. I have been trying to get DIC for my 84 year old mother for 2 years now, she needs it. Can you help or do you know if EC will be listed as a presumptive disease anytime soon? Thank you for your article and any help or information you can give me!


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