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.
The presumptive diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC are:
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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.
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Last updated October 31, 2016