According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members can receive disability and health care benefits for eight disease conditions associated with contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The VA has established a presumptive service connection for these individuals who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during the period from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987, who later developed one of the following eight diseases:

  1. Adult leukemia
  2. Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  3. Bladder cancer
  4. Kidney cancer
  5. Liver cancer
  6. Multiple myeloma
  7. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  8. Parkinson’s disease

The benefits for affected veterans and family members include health care for the 15 conditions listed in the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.

The qualifying health conditions are as follows:

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