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VA may pay disability for some illnesses linked to Lejeune

VA may pay disability for some illnesses linked to Lejeune

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Aug. 2 it will begin a process that may allow some veterans to receive disability pay if they were sickened by drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The VA has provided health care or reimbursement for medical costs for veterans or family members with 15 illnesses related to exposure to water contaminated by solvents and fuels, but it has not given “presumptive status” — meaning they are considered service-related and thereby eligible for disability compensation — to any condition.

The recent announcement may provide an opportunity for veterans to receive disability payments if they have one of three illnesses — kidney cancer, angiosarcoma of the liver and acute myelogenous leukemia — and served at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.

More than 750,000 people, including troops, family members and civilian employees, may have been exposed to volatile organic compounds and other chemicals like benzene and vinyl chloride found in the drinking water at the coastal Marine Corps base.

Source: VA may pay disability for some illnesses linked to Lejeune