From January 1, 1957 through December 31, 1987, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene and other chemicals. Veterans and family members who served on active duty for resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days (cumulative) or more during this time may be eligible for medical care – see below.
Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days (cumulative) between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987 may be eligible for medical care for the following health conditions:
- Kidney Cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Renal toxicity
- Female infertility
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Lung Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Myelodysplastic symdromes
- Hepatic steatosis
- Nero-behavioral effects
You can receive care now if you are eligible. If you are already enrolled in VA health care, contact your local VA health care facility to receive care. If you are not enrolled apply on line or call 1-877-222-8387 for help. Ask to be placed on the Camp Lejeune database. This allows you to receive information when regulations are published.
Civilian Employees: 1-866-487-2365
Family Members: 202-685-4600
Former Service Members: 1-877-222-8387
Fill out form 10-10068 and fax to 512-460-5536 or mail to:
Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Services Center
PO BOX 149200
Austin, Texas 78714-9200
The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
- adult leukemia
- aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- bladder cancer
- kidney cancer
- liver cancer
- multiple myeloma
- non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
All Camp Lejeune claims are handled at the Louisville Regional Office.
What if I served at MCAS Cherry Point? MCAS Cherry Point is approximately 55 miles away and used a separate water source and thus does not meet the definition of service at Camp Lejeune.
What if I already filed and was denied? Veterans who filed a claim earlier and have been denied service connection will need to re-file.
Why are liver cancer and Parkinson’s disease included on the list of presumptive health conditions for disability but not on the list for VA healthcare benefits? The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program concluded there is strong evidence supporting a positive association between liver cancer and vinyl chloride exposure. The Institute of Medicine concluded a positive relationship between Parkinson’s disease and the contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune.
Is Parkinsonism included in the presumptions? Parkinsonism and related neurodegenerative diseases are not included in the presumption. Parkinson’s disease is medically distinguishable and separately disagnosable from a variety of Parkinsonian syndromes.