Between the 1950s and the late 1980s, active duty service members and their families living at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina drank, cooked with, and bathed in water contaminated with chemical waste from a nearby dry-cleaning company and runoff from military equipment cleaning stations.
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Attention DoD Personnel and Civilians Who Worked or Lived at Camp Lejeune
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Routine water testing in 1982 found that drinking water sources at Camp Lejeune were contaminated with benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, or perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride (VC), all of which are known to be carcinogenic or harmful to humans. Contamination of water was documented at up to 300 times acceptable levels in some cases.
In 1985, the United States military shut down the water sources that were contaminated. The move came after heavy legal and legislative pressure from veterans, families, and veterans advocacy groups. Unfortunately, many of those who had been exposed to the chemicals had developed cancer and other major health problems.
Who is Eligible?
Affected service members, Camp Lejeune residents or workers, who had any of the below conditions may qualify:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- syndrome (MDS)
- Neurobehavioral effects
- lymphoma (NHL)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
Military personnel and civilians living or working near Camp Lejeune Military Base, North Carolina. Those negatively impacted by Camp Lejeune’s toxic tap water may be eligible for significant compensation.
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