Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Lejeune Veterans Service-Related Claims to be Approved Faster

Spring 2017


Jewish War Veterans of the USA has long mandated that Congress reconcile the legislative language to ensure total medical care of veterans who were victims of polluted drinking water while serving at Camp Lejeune during the late 1950s through late 1980s.

As noted in our 2017 legislative priorities, The “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012” and “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015” had inconsistent language and the VA was no longer reimbursing health care expenses of veterans who suffer from illnesses due to their service at Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.

On March 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ announced they are adjusting their claims definitions to include all veterans affected between 1953 and 1987. The final ruling allows payment of medical claims using presumptive conditions.

JWV is thrilled that our advocacy has paid off. Veterans who can prove they served at Lejeune during the dates mentioned above (for 30 days or more) are now eligible to file fast-track VA disability compensation claims for eight conditions: adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, bladder, kidney, or liver cancer, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

To learn more about service-related toxin exposure at Camp Lejeune, or if you think you were affected by the drinking water, go to the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water website.

 

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