VFW Service Office
1201 N. Muldoon Road, Suite 2A220
Anchorage, AK 99504
(907) 257-4801, phone
(907) 257-4831, fax
(888) 353-7574, ext 4801, toll-free
Camp Lejeune Presumption Final Rule
On January 13, 2017, VA published a Final Rule in the Federal Register, establishing presumptive service connection for eight medical conditions for any of the veterans, reservists and Guard members who served at Camp LeJeune, N.C. (including Marine Corps Air Station New River) for 30 or more days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.
This presumptive service connection is based on exposure to toxic chemicals present in the water on base during that time period.
The medical conditions are:
- adult leukemia,
- aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes,
- bladder cancer,
- kidney cancer,
- liver cancer,
- multiple myeloma,
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and
- Parkinson’s disease.
These conditions were selected as a result of review of scientific studies on the chemicals that were known to have contaminated the water at Camp LeJeune.
Other medical conditions arising in veterans exposed to the contaminated water may be filed on a direct basis, but veterans will need a medical opinion linking their current condition to their exposures at Camp LeJeune. Note that there are fourteen conditions approved for healthcare treatment purposes (38 CFR 17.400), but only the conditions listed above for compensation purposes.
The effective date of the regulation will be March 14, 2017, so compensation and DIC will be able to be paid beginning on that date. Earlier claims that were denied must be re-opened in order to be considered under the new presumptive regulation.
Dependents and civilians who lived or worked at Camp LeJeune are NOT entitled to any compensation for disabilities arising from toxic exposure at this time.
If you are needing to check the status of your claim, you may do so online under your eBenefits account,
or dial 1-800-827-1000 and follow the prompts.
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