WILL FILING A CAMP LEJEUNE JUSTICE ACT CLAIM AFFECT YOUR VA BENEFITS?
Simply put, filing a lawsuit as part of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act will not hinder or change your monthly compensation through the VA. Filing a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act not only gives you the opportunity to be compensated through the bill, but it will allow you to continue receiving compensation from your VA benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs works side by side with the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, ensuring that you will receive higher compensation for the effects of the water toxins you have suffered.
What is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits for those affected by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune?
Those who were impacted medically by the contamination of water sources from Camp Lejeune can receive compensation from the VA. You are deemed eligible for compensation if you or a loved one served at Camp Lejeune military base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1897.
Military disability applies to veterans who served at Camp Lejeune and later suffered medically from consuming toxins in the water. If you have been diagnosed with any of the following illnesses during your time at Camp Lejeune or the years after, you are qualified as medically disabled.
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Female Infertility
- Hepatic Steatosis
- Kidney Cancer
- Adult Leukemia
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Neurobehavioral Effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Renal Toxicity
Most, if not all of your expenses for treatment related to any of those health conditions can be reimbursed by the VA.
If you file your claim through the VA, you can be considered to receive health care benefits and reimbursement for previous out-of-pocket expenses relating to your time at Camp Lejeune. All you need to file through the VA for disability benefits are the records proving you were present at Camp Lejeune between the dates of August 1953 and December 1987 for at least 30 days. In addition, you need to provide medical documentation showing you were diagnosed with at least one of the illnesses listed above.
What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA)? And how could it benefit those affected by the water toxins?
The CLJA is a law passed in August 2022 to help in relieving those who were medically impacted from the contaminated water exposure. The law is part of the Honoring Our PACT Act.
Veterans, family members, and civilian workers diagnosed with any of the above illnesses are eligible to file a civil lawsuit. The incoming mandate to assist families and employees of Camp Lejeune will give justice to those who deserve it. Winning a lawsuit can make you entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain or suffering caused by the government’s carelessness.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, please get in touch with us immediately for legal aid and support.