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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, and vinyl chloride. It is estimated that Servicemembers who served at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 were potentially exposed to the contaminants in the water supply.

We have established a presumption of service connection for certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the water supply for Veterans, to include former Reservists and National Guard members.

Camp Lejeune presumptive diseases

The presumptive diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC 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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Veteran, Reservist, or National Guard member who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Have served at Camp Lejeune for any period of time between August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987).
  • Have a current disease on the list of presumptive conditions related to Camp Lejeune.

Evidence Requirements

  • Official military documentation must show you served under official orders or other assignment at Camp Lejeune or the Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina for any period of time between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, in either an active duty, reserve, or National guard capacity.
  • The medical evidence must show you have a current disease on the list of presumptive conditions related to Camp Lejeune.
  • Apply online using eBenefits. State in your application that you are filing under for one of the presumed Camp Lejeune illnesses, include evidence of service at Camp Lejeune during the required timeframe, and medical evidence showing your diagnosis.
  • Work with an accredited representative or agent OR
  • Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. You can find your regional office on our Facility Locator page.

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.

Family Member Health Care

Family members of Veterans who also resided at Camp Lejeune during the qualifying period may be eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the covered health conditions. Visit the VA Public Health web page for more information.