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Will the Camp Lejeune Claim Change my VA Benefits?

The Camp Lejeune Lawsuit has been one of the nation’s most high-profile legal cases, garnering attention from millions of Americans and thousands of families affected by the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis. United States service members, veterans, their families, non-military employees, and others might have been exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune if they served, worked, or lived there between 1953 and 1987.

Such exposure may have resulted in serious health issues. Yet, in the years since the crisis took place, many veterans, active duty service members, family members, and non-military employees at Camp Lejeune were deemed ineligible for benefits and had claims denied by the Veterans Administration and other relevant institutions.

Those denials have left many feeling uneasy about filing a claim, and the big question on their mind is:

  • “Will my Camp Lejeune claim change my VA benefits?”

Critical Information about the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

Many individuals harmed by the Camp Lejeune water crisis thought they had no hope. Thankfully, the Camp Lejeune Justice act of 2021 and the Honoring our PACT act of 2022 is revisiting the water crisis. These acts are seeing how service members, veterans, families, and other employees may be entitled to compensation for the health crises they suffered due to exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

Perhaps most importantly, veterans currently receiving VA benefits will not have their current benefits affected by the ongoing litigation in the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit when they file a claim announcing how they were affected by the crisis.

The Widespread Harm of the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis

No one harmed by the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis should feel like they can’t come forward and demand redress for that critical wrong. The Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants that serviced Camp Lejeune were found to have upwards of 70 chemicals and toxins in them that made the water unsafe to drink. Some of these toxic chemicals include:

  • Benzene
  • Degreaser
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Cleaning solvent
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE)

Some of the health problems that the approximately one million Americans exposed to the drinking water are now facing include:

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes

Individuals who are interested in filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit may be eligible for the recovery of damages if they:

  • Were exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1952, and December 31, 1987.
  • Suffered cancer or other health issues that they can verify as being caused by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Camp Lejeune Lawyers can Help Secure a Settlement

No one should suffer the injustice of the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis without help and support. And to be very clear, filing suit seeking damages as a victim of Camp Lejeune’s contaminated drinking water will NOT affect VA benefits, regardless of the outcome of the litigation. If you or a family member has been affected by the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis, please get in touch with NRS Injury Law today at 855.468.4878, or fill out our convenient contact form.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this Post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.
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