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Compensation

Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune

In the early 1980s at the Marine Corps Base in Lejeune, NC, it was discovered that two on-base water-supply systems were contaminated with the volatile organic compounds trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent. Benzene, vinyl chloride, and other compounds were also found to be contaminating the water-supply systems. The water systems were contaminated from August 1953 through December 1987.

There is limited and suggestive evidence of an association between certain diseases and the chemical compounds found at Camp Lejeune during the period of contamination. VA will consider disability compensation claims based on exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a Veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • You must have served at Camp Lejeune during the period of contamination (August 1953 through 1987)
  • You must have a current disease and a medical opinion that states the disease is a result of exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

Normally, VA will initiate a VA medical examination and request an opinion regarding the relationship of the disease to Camp Lejeune service.

Evidence Requirements

  • The evidence must show you served at Camp Lejeune during the period of contamination (August 1953 through December 1987)
  • The evidence must show you have a current disease and include a medical opinion indicating the disease is a result of exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

How To Apply

For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.

Health benefits for 15 conditions may be available for Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 1957, and Dec. 31, 1987.

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