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There is evidence that people living or working on U.S. Marine Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 were exposed to contaminated drinking water. This contamination has caused deaths, illnesses and life-altering health conditions for the people that have been exposed.

There is a new rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 that applies to VA Disability Compensation and Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminated Water Supply at Camp Lejeune. This rule becomes effective after 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.


The VA has established eight presumptive service connection disabilities for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members that were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987.

If you have one of the following conditions and lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 consecutive days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, you may qualify for VA Disability Compensation:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other Neurobehavioral syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

The VA is encouraging veterans who are experiencing other health conditions that they think are related to the contaminated water to contact their primary care and to file a claim with the VA; however, only the eight diagnoses listed above are presumed to be service connected as of right now.


Veterans Health Care

The VA will provide free health care for certain conditions to Veterans who served at least 30 consecutive days of active duty at Camp Lejeune from January 1, 1957, and December 31, 1987.

Although the VA will provide free health care for the following conditions due to the presumption of exposed contaminated water, not all of the conditions will qualify as a service connected disability.

Qualifying health conditions:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Female Infertility
  • Scleroderma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Leukemia (adult)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Neurobehavioral effects


Family members of veterans that lived on Camp Lejeune during the qualifying period are eligible to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered health conditions listed above.

To apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses you can apply online or call 1-866-372-1144.