Veterans diagnosed with liver cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, adult leukemia, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes are now entitled to new Camp Lejeune veterans benefits available from the VA. Woods & Woods has been helping veterans with contaminated groundwater VA disability benefits claims for years.
New camp Lejeune veterans benefits available because of contaminated groundwater.
Scientific evidence from the National Academies of Science, Environmental Protection Agency, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Department of Health and Human Services was reviewed by environmental health experts in the VA’s Technical Workgroup that established the connection of the eight diseases to exposure of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The VA now presumes a service-connected disability to veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between August 1st 1953 and December 31st 1987 for these eight diseases.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald stated “establishing a presumption for service at Camp Lejeune will make it easier for those veterans to receive the care and benefit they earned.” The Secretary went on to say “we have a responsibility to take care of those who have served our nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service.”
The water at Camp Lejeune contained cancer-causing toxins.
Volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene (TCE), metal degreasers, perchloroethylene (PCE), dry-cleaning agents, benzene, and vinyl chloride were discovered in two of the water supply systems located on the base. Those water systems provided water for drinking, cooking and bathing for veterans that served at Camp Lejeune. The wells that supplied the contaminated water were shut down in February 1985.
The VA may still wrongly deny secondary service-connected conditions.
While the Veterans Administration may grant service-connection for the eight new presumptive illnesses, they might still wrongly deny veterans secondary service-connected disabilities. For example, the eight new presumptive illnesses often cause other physical and even mental conditions. Our veterans benefits lawyers fear the VA will not grant service-connection for the secondary physical conditions and mental conditions.
Learn about your eligibility for these new Camp Lejeune veterans benefits available for free.
The veterans disability lawyers at Woods and Woods have known about contaminated toxic water at Camp Lejeune for years. The real question is why the government has not acted sooner on this very important issue that has affected the lives of thousands of veterans?
Veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days that have any of the eight health problems noted above need to act now while VA benefits are available.
If you cannot work because of your Camp Lejeune related illness, you may be entitled to Total Disability Individual Unemployability benefits. These monthly payments give eligible veterans over $2,900 a month in compensation.
There is help for veterans that were denied Camp Lejeune benefits years ago.
If you were denied Camp Lejeune veterans benefits previously you should reapply. If you were recently denied, you may be able to appeal because the law has changed. Our VA benefits appeal lawyers have been researching this change in law. This change is law is very favorable towards veterans. We hope veterans that were denied years ago don’t give up hope – there is now help available. You should take advantage of the new Camp Lejeune veterans benefits available to you.