Between 1953 and 1987 dangerous chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, poisoned thousands of Marines and their family members, causing long-term health issues for many.
The diseases are many and studies are still underway, but the VA will presume that if a veteran of Camp Lejeune has one of the following diseases that it is caused by exposure to the chemicals that were in the water:
• Adult leukemia
• Bladder cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Liver cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Myelodysplastic syndromes (types of bone marrow disease)
• Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
• Parkinson's disease
If a veteran has or has had one of these diseases he or she should call for an appointment right away. Surviving spouses of Camp Lejeune veterans might be eligible for benefits as well.
Any Veteran who served at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and who is diagnosed with one or more of these diseases is strongly encouraged to file a disability claim with the VA as soon as possible to maximize their benefits. Veterans residing in Walworth County may contact the Veterans Service Office at 262-741-4222 and speak to a Veterans Service Specialist for assistance.