VETERANS WHO SERVED AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NC FROM AUG 1, 1953 – DEC 31, 1987
VA amended its adjudication regulations to add certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during this period and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have incurred or aggravated the disease in service for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits. In addition, this final rule establishes a presumption that these individuals were disabled during the relevant period of service for purposes of establishing active military service for benefits purposes. Under this presumption, affected former reservists and National Guard members have veteran status for purposes of entitlement to some VA benefits.
Presumptive illnesses for Camp Lejeune
Kidney cancer Liver Cancer Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Leukemia Multiple Myeloma Scleroderma Parkinson's disease Aplastic Anemia/Myelodysplastic syndromes