VA’s rule establishes a presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune

VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases


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VA regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are effective as of today.

“Establishing these presumptions is a demonstration of our commitment to care for those who have served our Nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The Camp Lejeune presumptions will make it easier for those Veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”

The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, Reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between Aug.1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • adult leukemia
  • aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • bladder cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • liver cancer
  • multiple myeloma
  • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

The area included in this presumption is all of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, including satellite camps and housing areas.

This presumption complements the health care already provided for 15 illnesses or conditions as part of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. The Camp Lejeune Act requires VA to provide health care to Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, and to reimburse family members, or pay providers, for medical expenses for those who resided there for not fewer than 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987.


Additional information added 3/23/2017:

Additional information on Camp Lejeune disability compensation information or health care reimbursement for family members can be found here.

 A map of the Camp Lejeune disability coverage area.

Map of the Camp Lejeune disability coverage area.

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Comments

  1. william boyd osborne    

    has any of the narines received compensation on a claim yet

    1. Tom LoCascio    

      No check yet. But I’m hoping soon! Semper Fi

      1. Ronald Parker    

        Don’t hold your breath. 20 years in the making. Probably another 20 to pay. By then we will all be dead so they save for their bonus.

        1. Sgt Shamir    

          Yeppers, likely that is what the probably what the gov is counting on.
          My parents (both Marines) have already been recalled to Heaven. the debate is still ongoing concerning me and how the junk affects myself. Remember how long it took for the gov to recognize victims of agent orange? Not just the military but their children too.

          WOnder if Pres Trump will step up to the plate on our behalf?

      2. John Weiderman    

        Last I heard it won’t happen till mid April. Delay delay delay.

        1. Donna Stratford    

          The Camp Lejeune presumptions are in effect as of March 14 and claims are being processed. Hopefully you will hear something soon.

      3. Theodore P. Antone    

        Is Monford point included?

        1. Donna Stratford    

          Yes. Montford Point is included.

        1. david wintermute    

          Donna Stratford, how do you know Montford POint is included? DO you have a list of so called “satellite camps and housing areas”? It would be nice if this list was posted as well. No sense in keeping it in the dark.

        2. Donna Stratford    

          Yes. Montford Point is included. We added a map showing the coverage area.

    2. Ronald Parker    

      Nope, nanda, nothing. And still paying deductibles for appointments, pills etc…
      Resolve date comes and goes. Hope I live long enough to atleast get reimbursed for those expenses.

      1. Donna Stratford    

        If you are a Veteran, you should be able to get your prescriptions for any service connected illnesses from the VA. Here is information on how to register. To apply, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri between 8 am and 8 pm, EST. or click here to complete the healthcare application online.

    3. Rick Barrett    

      What about all of the other bases on the EPA Superfund list
      I am one of them

      1. Donna Stratford    

        Camp Lejeune is the only installation covered by the presumptions.

        1. Terry phillps    

          Stationed camp league 1976 for 10weeks.bladder cancer 2012.Last treatment 10/2016 filed 3/21/2017.I could have 2months of six at 100percent .will I then have a comp and pen.I don’t like the fact it was so hush hush nothing from va or usmc . No chance to get a earlier effective date. Lot of pain and suffering.

        2. Donna Stratford    

          Terry, I’m sorry for your illness and that you didn’t find out about the Camp Lejeune presumptives earlier. VA publicized the healthcare benefits following passage of the Camp Lejeune Act of 2012, and released information on the pending presumptives for disability benefits in December 2015, then again when they were published in the Federal Register in January, and when they become effective March 14. The Marine Corps has a website with additional information https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/ You can register at that link and they will ensure you get the latest information related to contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune. They do regular mailings and email.

    4. Gustin T Potter    

      I am a former Hospital Corpsman that served at Camp Lejeune with 2nd FSR, Force troops from September 1967 to February 1968. I am currently being treated for Alzeheimer’s Disease at the VA Boston. I have “Nexus” letters from 2 VA Doctors (Neurologist and Psychiatrist) stating that it is as likely as not that the Alzheimer’s Disease was caused by the contaminated water. I would urge any VETs with similar circumstances go to the nearest VA Medical Facility.

    5. Paul Lewis    

      Tomorrow makes ONE YEAR since my FDC was submitted. (with 26 MRIs, Doctors notes and statements) I was told I made the CLCW list 3 days after package was submitted – and nothing… Have heard NADA from them. So much for the “benefit” of doing all the leg work yourself. MY insurance paid for everything so far to figure out what the heck was wrong. No/Limited Communication. No one knows wtf is going on with anything. Can’t get answers or responses beyond what it says on the VA Port-Hole. Hoping the change of Administration get some one in there to start doing more than just saying they care, but actually showing ..

      USMC/USMCR 1986-1994
      MDARG 2001-2008

      1. Donna Stratford    

        I’m sorry for your wait. Camp Lejeune claims were put on hold pending the presumption rule going into effect. Those claims are now being processed and you should hear something soon.

    6. Bradley Hannah    

      I was at Ft Bragg and drank water from Lejeune do we get comp too. Thats where some of the water came from when we went out in the field.

      1. Donna Stratford    

        Ft. Bragg is not included in the presumption for Camp Lejeune. If you can find records showing that Camp Lejeune water was used at Ft. Bragg, and you have one of the conditions in the presumption, submit it as evidence with your claim and explain it in your statement.

    7. mike    

      If I was stationed there for 29 days am I covered?

      1. Donna Stratford    

        The minimum is 30 days for the presumption, however if you have one of the conditions on the list, you can still apply and could be granted on a direct basis. Keep in mind the 30 days is cumulative. If you were there for 29 days on one occasion and 1 day or more on a separate occasion, that counts as your 30 days.

    8. Stewart Fowles    

      I first started to having problems in my feet and back when my youngest daughter was a baby, she’s now 24 years old, at that time I had received a pamphlet from the Marine Corps. For years I have had neuropathy but I’m not diabetic, I also have a whole list of other neurological issues, lumbar disc disease and several types of arthritis. I’m completly disabled yet the Marine corps is going through my medical records at a snails pace. I’m a little disappointed at how long it took to get to this stage.

      1. Donna Stratford    

        Have you applied for disability through Veterans Affairs? The VA does the review of your medical records as part of the disability process. The Marine Corps would not review as part of the disability process.

    9. William H Moonen    

      I was stationed at Cam Lejeune from 1959 to 1960 and have been diagnosed with Kidney cancer and also have Enfazema and have been treated for Prostrate Cancer and have only received 20% disablity

      1. Donna Stratford    

        There is a possibility that you couldn’t be service connected for all of your conditions in the past. I recommend visiting with a Veterans Service Organization representative, or other local Veterans advocate to review your current conditions and apply for any additional service connected disability benefits you are entitled to.

    10. Kathy Packard    

      I find it so hard to believe that family members are not compensated. My ex (marine) has some substantial health issues, but my 3 children have had issues. Most noteworthy is that asthma has affected myself and my daughter. She has lost two children now, one of them to severe asthma. My son lost his daughter to cancer in utero. My daughter also suffers from a liver disease called NASH and she is NOT a drinker. I have diabetes and an autoimmune disease. My other daughter has had failure to thrive issues all her life and she had some complications at birth (she was born at the hospital at Camp Lejeune), we lived in both Jacksonville (New River Drive) and at Bougainville Drive, Tarawa Terrace, Camp LeJeune.

      Why are these issues not looked into? We all drank, bath, etc. that nasty water….we all have issues and I believe they stem from the water. I always thought it had a strange smell/taste…sort of like too much bleach in the water.

      I’d like to hear more about the family members as we all had to live that life too!

      1. Donna Stratford    

        The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

    11. teddy dean laster    

      hey the va is unionized we won’t get (redacted),i got all kinds of things wrong we me,they only care about their BENEFITS

      1. Donna Stratford    

        I’m sorry you feel that way. More than half of the employees at Veterans Benefits Administration are Veterans themselves. I’ve been here over a year and haven’t met anyone that wasn’t totally devoted to helping Veterans and ensuring they get the care and benefits they have earned.

    12. Robert O Dunn    

      I was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1986-1988.

      I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in my early 40’s. The doctor said I was the youngest Prostate Cancer person he had ever treated.

      I know Prostate Cancer is not on the list of cancers covered, but is anyone documenting “other” cancers tp see if they might be linked?

      Thanks, Bob

      1. Donna Stratford    

        While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

    13. Donald    

      Don Wiley Houston TX If you had been a dependent during 1955 -72 born at Camp Geiger lived in Tawana housing for a total of three years then had been a vet why are we shut out of benefits(For example VA does not recognize neurological problems or another 6 others ,they won’t do toxic testing nor allow me to see an outside doctor that should be covered under the VA) My siblings(both female never served) who also lived @ Lejuene, and had numerous operations for cancer,type 2 diabetes. so on are getting the runaround in CA.

      1. Donna Stratford    

        The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

    14. Donald    

      The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) finalized a new rule on 13 January 2017 to consider eight diseases as presumptive for service connection. This presumptive service connection provides VA disability benefits to veterans who have one of eight diseases and served for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) on permanent or temporary duty at Camp Lejeune between 1 August 1953 and 31 December 1987. The eight diseases covered under the new rule 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.

      1. Donna Stratford    

        This refers to civil proceedings. VA compensation is not impacted by this decision.

    15. Donald    

      Twitter @CivilianExposed to stay up to date on new info

    16. Michael Liso    

      I was in the Navy Seabees and my unit was sent to LeJeune in Sept, 1965 and then again in April, 1966 for AIT prior to deployment to VietNam. Both times I believe we were there for approx. 30 days, give or take1 or 2 days. Am I covered under this?

      1. Donna Stratford    

        The 30 days is cumulative, so you should be covered. Are the dates noted on your DD-214?

        1. Michael Liso    

          No they’re not as those 2 deployments were done with the Battalion I was assigned to which, was Mobile Construction Battalion 6. Hopefully, somewhere in the Archives of Camp LeJune there is a record of the dates my Battalion was there.

        2. Donna Stratford    

          Explain this in your statement along with the dates your Battalion was there. The duty to assist will include a request for historical records to help prove your claim.

        3. James C Williams    

          Check the battalion history file and it should show the dates you were there. I went twice with MCB 8 during the same period. I have just registered with the VA and intend on checking into this. My DD 214 does not show that I was there. Hopefully we can prove we were there during that time.

    17. James Meyers    

      I was at Camp Lejeune in 1968 at Camp Stone Bay.Is that included?

      1. Donna Stratford    

        Yes. Stone Bay is included.

    18. Millard Waugh    

      I was told it will take at least another year for a decision on my recurring bladder cancer,and then was told not to hold my breath on the out come,that if anything it would be 10%.I first had bladder cancer in 2005,I lost everything,my home,my cars,my job,and Ive been trying to rebuild my life but because Cancer keeps coming back I cant seem to hold a job long enough to do any good,I have to ho in every 3 to 6 months,take a few days off to do that.hardto hold a job when you have to take a lot of time off.

      1. Donna Stratford    

        Millard, the Camp Lejeune pending cases, including appeals, are being reviewed now. Because of the number of claims to be reviewed, it may be a few weeks before you hear from us, but shouldn’t be a year. If you have a hardship situation, please work with a Veterans Service Organization like DAV, American Legion, or VFW to try and get your claim expedited. They can also make certain that your Camp Lejeune service is flagged with the file. I hope this helps.

  2. Raymond John Butchko    

    I served in the Marine Corps from 6-62 to 6-65.

    I was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1-63 until discharge at 6-65.

    I had my left kidney removed in 2011 because of cancer.

    Captain Raymond John Butchko, Ret.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Thank you for your service Sir. If you have not already done so, we would encourage you to file a claim for disability compensation with the VA. Information on how to file a claim is at the following link. In the comments section, please note that this claim is connected to the Camp Lejeune presumption. http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/apply.asp

    2. Tom LoCascio    

      Capt., my left kidney was also removed in 2011. Plus I was diagnosed bad treated for stage 2 bladder cancer. My claim was put in right after my surgery. Hopefully, we’ll get our comp soon with payment back to our original claim dates. Kidney removal is only rated for 30%! I wish you well, Sir. Semper Fi

    3. Bob    

      I was also diagnosed with RCC last year and had surgery in june. Still waiting to hear back they keep pushing it forward. What i am wondering is will we keep our 100% rating after surgery because like most of these cancers they are going to spread even with surgery. I know many within months of surgery went from stage 1 to 4. And some from 1 to 5 years later. Is the VA going to keep screwing with rating or leave it at 100% my famjly has been through enough and if you die from 100% disabilty and from a service connection spouce gets $1265 month. Without me she is broke

      1. Donna Stratford    

        VA has statutory requirements for how long a Veteran retains their 100 percent rating following surgery. For most types of cancer, the rating is retained during active treatment, or as long as the cancer is present. If there is a proposal to reduce the rating level because treatment has been successful, you can file a notice of disagreement showing that treatment is ongoing, or the cancer has not been eliminated. You do not have to be 100 percent disabled for your spouse to qualify for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation from a service connected injury or disease. Additional information is at this link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

    4. Ginger Petrucci    

      My husband applied because of Lung cancer and testicle tumors not to mention severe vertigo and mysterious illnesses years ago that the doctors could not diagnose. He was at Camp Lejuene for most of his training in 1976 but the VA denied his claim this year! So good luck!

    5. James Meyers    

      I was in Camp Lejeune in 1968 at Camp Stone Bay. Is that included?

      1. Donna Stratford    

        Yes. Camp Stone Bay is included.

  3. Pamela Law    

    What about DOD employees. My husband developed Parkinson disease

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m sorry for your husband’s illness. Unfortunately, VA has no authority to provide disability benefits to family members or civilian employees.

      1. James Nicholas    

        What about if they lived in base housing as a dependant ?

        1. Donna Stratford    

          The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

        2. Donald    

          Hate to correct you The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) finalized a new rule on 13 January 2017 to consider eight diseases as presumptive for service connection. This presumptive service connection provides VA disability benefits to veterans who have one of eight diseases and served for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) on permanent or temporary duty at Camp Lejeune between 1 August 1953 and 31 December 1987. The eight diseases covered under the new rule 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.

        3. Donna Stratford    

          Donald, you are referencing disability benefits. Dependents who lived in base housing can get reimbursement for medical care for 15 conditions. That is the link I provided.

  4. Tom LoCascio    

    My claim was originally submitted in 2011, after my cancerous left kidney was removed. I also had stage 2 bladder cancer, for which I still get checked for yearly.
    My questions are: how soon before I start getting compensation; how much per month; what about back “pay”?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you were at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during the time covered by the presumption and your claim was denied, you will need to file a new claim. If you have a current claim or appeal pending, the effective date, if granted, will likely be the date the presumption became effective, March 14, 2017. Information on how to file a claim is at the following link. http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/apply.asp

      Each Veteran’s disability rating is based on their current condition and illnesses, so it is not possible to determine what the rating level will be, or the compensation amount until the rating is complete.

      1. Tom LoCascio    

        Thanks for your reply.

      2. John Weiderman    

        No retroactive pay. Comp starts as of 3/14.

  5. Ted Cottrell    

    Okay yeah I was there at Camp Lejeune during that time I think I might have some effects of Parkinson but I’ve never had it diagnosed or what the doctor for it so what should I do does anyone have a suggestion

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’d suggest you contact your closest VA hospital or clinic and schedule an appointment to be evaluated. You will have to register for VA healthcare before you can be seen. This link has information on Camp Lejeune and how to sign up for VA healthcare. You will need a current diagnosis before you can file for disability benefits. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/

  6. Victor Selers    

    If these soldiers were hospitalized a month from exposure there, will the VA hide their hospital records until 2062? That’s what it did for me. Hid my records and covered it up all my adult life, isn’t that right? Would someone let the president know the VA swamp needs drained, and the rest made accountable. 45 years of rediculious denial is impossible to accept.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m sorry that you have had problems getting your medical records, but military health records are not maintained by the VA. They are stored by the National Archives, National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. VA routinely requests those records in order to process claims. Although some records were destroyed by a fire in 1973, hopefully yours were not. Here is a link for the National Archive with information on how to request a copy of your records. Hopefully they can help you. https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/other-medical-records.html

    2. OLDMARINE    

      VICTOR SELERS the whole place is one http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/35977/vas-rule-establishes-presumption-service-connection-diseases-associated-exposure-contaminants-water-supply-camp-lejeune/?replytocom=113871#respondbig cover up they sent me to a so called outside doctor for a C&P exam they gave him all the radiology reports except the bone scan one that clearly shows the problem. of course the claim was denied… and the injury is in my M.H. records …half of these articles are all fluf …… but not to worry V.A. I am not giving up like you want us to

      1. OLDMARINE    

        George Orwell once said that “in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Since he offered those words decades ago, we have seen deceit become a pervasive and global problem, where the general public really has no clue what is happening

      2. Donna Stratford    

        The majority of VA employees are Veterans themselves, including me. I can assure you that when in doubt, the advantage goes to the Veteran. Can people make mistakes? Sure. If the doctor didn’t receive a test they should have, file a notice of disagreement and include your test. The record will be reviewed, and if a doctor’s opinion is needed to confirm a diagnosis, VA will request it. If we make a mistake, point it out. You are your best advocate.

    3. OLDMARINE    

      VICTOR SELERS the whole place is one big cover up they sent me to a so called outside doctor for a C&P exam they gave him all the radiology reports except the bone scan one that clearly shows the problem. of course the claim was denied… and the injury is in my M.H. records …half of these articles are all fluf …… but not to worry V.A. I am not giving up like you want us to…… they even cover up what you say on here

  7. Geoffery Johnston    

    Now that this chapter is being taken care of, how about some prosecution for the Marine officials who covered it up. I don’t believe there is a statute of limitations on murder.

  8. Daniel Romero    

    What about Camp Johnson near Camp Lejeune.
    I attended Field Medicine training there 1985, 1986 ?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. Camp Johnson is included in the benefit area.

  9. Karl Moody    

    My brother was stationed at Camp Lejeune during that time and later died of cancer. Does this law provide any assistance to his spouse and how would she apply? Please respond to (redacted) as I will assist her in obtaining necessary documents to file a claim.
    Karl Moody (CSM) US ARMY RET.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Survivor benefits can be fairly complicated. There is some information at the link below, but I would recommend your sister-in-law contact her local County Veterans Representative, VA office, or Veteran Service Organization such as the VFW or American Legion for assistance. She can also call our toll free number at (800) 827-1000. They can provide assistance in identifying what benefits may be available and the information needed to apply. I’m sure she will appreciate your help with the process. https://www.va.gov/opa/persona/dependent_survivor.asp

  10. Eric L. Larsen    

    Camp Lejune is a serious superfund site but there are so many more bases in the US with the same conditions and worse! We need the Government to step up and take responsibility for what our military personnel and their families have and are suffering. So many more medical conditions are connected to time spent on these bases. Contact you congressional representative regarding this serious situation.

    1. David Goodman    

      I hear ya…. I was stationed at Ft McClellan Al. for basic and AIT in the early 80s. Many of us are suffering debilitating conditions due to our exposure. About 70% of us suffer from the exact same conditions. I’m just happy that Camp Lejeune vets are getting the benefits they’ve earned. Crossing my fingers and hoping for this to reach ALL veterans who were exposed to toxins during service.

  11. Name redacted    

    https://www.va.gov/vetapp16/files4/1632940.txt

    This is my dad’s remanded appeal. When he was 17 he was exposed to tainted water at Camp Lejeune. When he was 18 he was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He was then sent to the front where his convoy hit a landmine and threw him out of the back of his truck. When he saw a psychologist right after he was diagnosed with shell-shock. That was November of 1968. You sent him back to the front just one month later. In the beginning of 1969, my dad had just turned 20 and that was when he was shot in the head. Now, because of the exposure to tainted water and agent orange, my dad has no bladder or prostate. He has a stoma on his belly where he collects urine. You have denied him benefits for 48 years! Now, you have remanded his appeal and you haven’t touched it for 7 months! Stop talking, stop putting out bs on Facebook and act! Actions speak louder than words!

    (Editor’s note: The commenter’s name has been redacted to protect his or her father’s identify.)

    1. Donna Stratford    

      We do not comment on individual claims in a public forum in order to protect the claimant’s privacy. When a appeal is remanded, it goes back to the VA for additional information before a decision can be made. This is not a denial. This link contains information on remands. http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/26013/the-appeals-process-remands/

      Keep in mind that decisions related to contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune were on hold until the presumption of service connection rule went into effect March 14. Hopefully this will be resolved for him soon.

    2. Judith mchenry    

      My husband has had leiomuosarcoma for 8 yrs list have his liver his rectum some of his colon and numerous surgeries
      For removal of these tumors . He was also in camp lejeune in 1969 and had exposure is he eligible .

      1. Donna Stratford    

        Although this type of cancer is not specifically on the list, since the liver was involved, it’s worthwhile to put in a claim. The doctor doing the compensation and pension exam can make a determination as to whether the leiomuosarcoma is more likely than not service connected. Was your husband in Vietnam? This is a soft tissue sarcoma, so he may consider applying for disability using the Agent Orange presumption. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp

  12. John Curtis    

    I find it interesting or perhaps calculated that to be covered you must have been at the base for 30 continuous days. Many servicemen were sent there for a few weeks training prior to being deployed to Vietnam. I would guess that drinking and bathing in the contaminated water would not affect you if it were for less than 30 days? Just wondering?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      In order to be eligible for benefits, Veterans must have been at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. So if a Servicemember was at Camp Lejeune for three weeks at one time and two weeks at another time, within that timeframe, they would qualify for the disability benefit. This is consistent with health care eligibility in the 2012 Camp Lejeune Act.

  13. scott c whelan    

    WOULD ESSENTIAL TREMOR BE INCLUDED UNDER THE PARKINSON’S PRESUMPTION ?

    1. Patrick L. Tillson    

      I also was told i had an Essential Tremor in my right foot a few years ago, my gas peddle foot. I thought my cars engine was skipping. VA gave me meds for it but side effects were worse than the tremor. Stopped taking them. Doc told me at the time, not Parkinsons. So, what do we believe ?

    2. Donna Stratford    

      Your doctor can determine whether or not your tremor is caused by Parkinson’s. If you question the diagnosis, you can get a second opinion.

  14. Jerry Mickles    

    The VA increased my PTSD from 30 to 50% but decreased my spine rating from 30 to 10 stating my spine gotten better, but never sent me for any type of follow up appointment. Now I’m going to the pain clinic for the pain in my neck. I have been waiting over 3 years for my appeal. What can I do

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Any time a rating is changed, either higher or lower, it is as a result of medical evidence. This can be from a compensation and pension exam or medical treatment records. VA first has to propose to reduce your rating. This is your opportunity to provide medical evidence that shows the condition has either stayed the same or become worse. If you don’t provide that evidence, VA will reduce your rating, which is what appears to have happened from what you’ve said. Any time you have a condition that has worsened, you can file a new claim, or a request for increase of your disability. Keep in mind that you always take the chance that the exam will find that your condition has improved and your rating could be lowered. It’s best to make sure the medical evidence is there to support your claim in the early phases, because the appeals process is lengthy.

      1. FORREST A SHERMAN    

        Why are all VA medical claim process so backed up. Lack of resources, regulations, or ???
        What do we as vetrans need to do? (contact, lobby, etc) and if so, can you give us some contact information?

        1. Donna Stratford    

          The average time to complete a new disability benefit claim is currently 109 days. Considering the time it takes to gather records, schedule medical exams, review the information and rate the claim, we are making great strides. You can speed up the process by submitting any private medical records, and copies of any other evidence you want to provide along with your claim. Don’t forget to include your statement connecting your time in service with your current diagnosis. It’s easier with a presumption because your DD-214 should show your assignments and if you provide evidence of a current diagnosis that’s on the list, the claim is ready to rate.

  15. Candie schutt    

    My husband was at camp Lejeune
    His has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and Parkinson disease.
    His claim has been in for over a year now .It’s really hard to understand how this can take so long.These people served time for all of us they should come first.We should not be putting them on the back burner.
    IF there is anyone with more information to help us please help.All this medical care is so expensive.

    Thank you
    Candie schutt

    1. Donna Stratford    

      First, please have your husband register for health care through the VA. If he was at Camp Lejeune during the timeframe for this presumption, this is considered service related and they will treat him at no cost. In relation to the claim, when VA started the process to establish the presumption for Camp Lejeune, they put a hold on all of the related claims until the rule went into effect. Without the presumption, they would have had to deny most of these claims. The claims are now being processed and your husband should hear something soon. More information on VA health care and disability benefits related to Camp Lejeune are at the following link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp

  16. Linda Wick    

    Would Essential Tremors fall under the Parkinson’s Presumption? I have been diagnosed with this

    1. Donna Stratford    

      This is a great question for your doctor. I’d recommend scheduling an appointment with your VA medical center or clinic to get a diagnosis in your record.

  17. Brian    

    What about all our brothers who have died already. What do there families get. My brother died of 5 of the listed conditions. Myself and both my brother’s are Marines. He left behind a daughter. Whats her compensation for his death. Notbeven a we’re sorry wevknew and coverd it up. Straight bs. People need to be in jail for this.
    Semper Fi

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  18. Scott Long    

    Just reading through this strand it seems to me, that the VA is being very cautious in responding to the posts….very legalistic….I feel for my brothers in arms….I hope the the best for all of you!. US Army Spec 4 1983-87

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA disability claims are governed by the Code of Federal Regulations. We have to be cautious and make sure we are consistent with those regulations while providing the best answers and advice to our Veterans.

  19. David P. Swartz    

    Does this enclude New River Air Station. I was in HMM 264 from late 1964 to spring of 66l I have had 6 bladder surgeries at the Dallas VA hospital

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. New River Air Station is included in the Camp Lejeune presumptions.

  20. Brenda Barbee    

    My Dad who is a veteran rebuilt the boilers there. It took about 6 months or so in 2004 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He has since passed away can we as a family file a claim?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  21. Lynda Bauman    

    My husband was stationed at Camp Lejeune at that time . He had part of his intestine taken out . He has been going thru alot of problems since the operation . Is Diverticulitis one of the things on the list from that water ?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Diverticulitis in not on the list of illnesses related to Camp Lejeune. You can go to this link for more information on what is covered for Camp Lejeune health care and disability benefits. http://www.vets.gov/disability-benefits/conditions/exposure-to-hazardous-materials/contaminated-drinking-water-at-camp-lejeune/

  22. James Smedley    

    Has the VA looked into the water contamination at Fort McClellan, AL. Monsanto polluted the water supply/table in that area and paid off the cities surrounding Ft. Mc.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The VA relies on research and studies by outside organizations. Information on Ft. McClellan can be found at the following link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/fort-mcclellan/

  23. Rhada Thomas    

    My husband is already receiving disability from the VA 100% unemployable. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune during his time in the Marines. He had Kidney cancer and his right kidney has been removed because of the cancer. Now beings he’s already receiving benefits; how will the VA make restitution is this situation.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’d recommend that your husband meet with a Veterans Service Organization, or local VA representative to review his situation and see if there are other benefits that may be available.

  24. Robert C. Alcorn    

    Why is the V not providing the same coverage for those of us that were expoxed to high levels of agent orange<

    1. Donna Stratford    

      There is a presumption in place for Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. Information on the Agent Orange presumption is at the following link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/

  25. Eric Van Zant    

    My appeal is at the BVA and I have docket numbers, but no date as to when my appeal would come up. The claim is for NHL and in my denial letter the VA recognized that I was at Camp Lejeune from April 1987 through the end of the year at French Creek. They also recognized that I have a diagnoses of NHL (indolent) as I am being treated at the VA for that. Now that the Camp Lejeune presumptions have gone into effect this would seem to be an easy case to clear off their dockets, but there does not seem to be any process in place to do that.
    I have attempted to call the BVA customer service line in DC, but they don’t answer. I am working with DAV as my VSO and I called them. They informed me that it was still with congress to approve. Not sure they are going to be much help.
    So my choices seem to be. Withdraw my claim (seems like a bad idea) and re-submit or wait for BVA to look at my claim. Very likely many months or even years from now.
    I did send a inquiry to BVA via there “ask a question page” and this was the response:
    Response By Email (Dept of Veterans Affairs) (03/16/2017 03:15 PM)
    The appeals are currently pending in development. In regards to the question related to the Camp Lejeune Presumptive Service Connection issue, we cannot provide an answer at this time. We are not allowed to adjudicate claims in the Public Contact Section. You must wait for the personnel that are processing the claims, to provide the information when the claim is processed.ms
    I am not sure as what all this means, so I sent back asking for an explanation for the terms that they are using. We will see.

    I am trying to find out how appeals will be handled at the BVA level. For example my appeal (like many) have been assigned to the board and have received docket numbers, but don’t have a date when they will be adjudicated. It is likely to be many months or year before someone looks at the appeal and then realize that the appeal is presumptive. Is there any mechanism to send these back to RO for processing.

    Eric Van Zant

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The Camp Lejeune presumption is in effect as of March 14. Claims in appeals that qualify for the Camp Lejeune presumption have been flagged and are currently being reviewed. If your claim can be decided using the presumption, you should receive a letter soon with updated status. I hope this helps.

      1. Eric Van Zant    

        First of all, thank you for your reply. After speaking with the BVA, DAV, the VA help line and my Senator’s office, it does not seem to be possible to look a appeal in front of the board of veterans appeals out of order. As my docket date is July 2015 and they are working on docket dates from July 2014, I may have some time before they can even look at it. I attempted to re-open my claim for the disability that is on the presumptive list, but they closed that within a day as I can’t have a claim open for something that is in appeal. If I had put my claim in more recently, it would have been stayed and I would be guess I would hear something over the next few months as is since my claim is older (Jan 2014) it made its way to BVA and now is stuck there. There does not seem to be a mechanism in place to handle these older claims that are in front of BVA.

        1. Donna Stratford    

          I have been told that they are reviewing appeals related to Camp Lejeune service to see if they can be decided based on the presumption. They are not being taken out of order, but they have been flagged to see if they can be rated based on the presumption.

  26. Christopher Colman    

    This is long overdue to these veterans.
    How about those bets ststioned at Ft. McClellan in Anniston, AL?
    The ground and water was contaminated for decades by chemical waste from Monsanto!
    Civilian residents of Anniston received a settlement but NO veterans were included!!!
    I was there in 1977-1978…
    Is anything being done for the Army vets exposed to chemicals and PCB while training or ststioned there..
    I crawled through that mud and water for months…
    Don’t forget us!!!! PLEASE…

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The VA relies on research and studies by outside organizations. Information on Ft. McClellan can be found at the following link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/fort-mcclellan/ You’re not forgotten.

  27. william ray boyd    

    What about dependents affected by the Camp Lejuene water problem?
    My son was 3 years old when I was there. He has kidney cancer and other problems.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  28. Barbara    

    Any word on benefits for folks stationed at Camp Pendleton? I’ve completed 2 surveys related to infertility.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The only installation covered by the presumption is Camp Lejeune.

  29. Rick Gelotti    

    Donna, where can I get help with filling out the form in order to enroll for the VA health care? Some of the questions on the form are confusing or not detailed enough for me to interpret the requested data.
    Yes, stationed at both Lejeune and NRAS between 75 and 79.
    Thank you.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you are a Veteran call 1-877-222-8387 for help signing up for health care.

  30. James Teague    

    I served at Camp Lejuene and MCAS New River 1974-1978. Lost kidney to cancer in 2013. Ist benefit request denied. Appeal is now in its 3rd year.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Camp Lejeune appeals have been flagged and are being reviewed.

  31. Sharon Madison    

    Hi, My husband died in 2011. He was diagnosed with a cancer that was in the bloodstream, it produced cancer in every main organ throughout the body.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. I’d recommend visiting with your local VA representative or Veterans Service Organization to see if there is a connection between your husband’s cancer and the Camp Lejeune presumption. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  32. Dennis James Perry    

    I also had my left kidney removed due to cancer. I was at Camp Lejuene from 1972 to 1976! Sgt. Dennis J. Perry. 3rd Bat./6th Marines.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’d recommend working with your local Veterans Service Organization or VA representative to file a claim for disability benefits.

  33. FortMacVet    

    This is a pretty narrow list. PCB’s can be attributed to many health problems. Very disappointed in the VA.

    adult leukemia
    aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
    bladder cancer
    kidney cancer
    liver cancer
    multiple myeloma
    non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    Parkinson’s disease

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The issue at Camp Lejeune was not PCBs, but volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including the metal degreaser trichloroethylene (TCE) and dry cleaning agent perchloroethylene (PCE). The conditions listed in the assumption were those scientific studies showed an association between exposure to these compounds and a specific illness.

  34. Richard T. Fuhst    

    I have put in a claim which included stomach conditions. ( hiatal hernia, ulcer-small bowel, diverticulitis, IBS ) They recognized my time at Camp Lejeune, but denied my claim for the diagnosis stated above. Do I have to wait till it turns into a cancer?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Camp Lejeune claims can only be granted on a presumptive basis for illnesses on our list of conditions associated with contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune. Other conditions can be granted on a direct basis if there is evidence linking your illness with an event or condition suffered in service. If you can provide evidence that this is a condition you had while on active duty, please file a notice of disagreement, and the approximate time frame and diagnosis to search for in your military treatment records. If your denial is more than a year old, you should file a new claim.

  35. Michael Manlove    

    Going on 5 years and they don’t give a (redacted) if you die or not . Finally got a lawyer to stop worrying about death from Throat Cancer , Liver, Blood, and Thyroid.

  36. Buddy Wolfe    

    Are there any other areas which falls under this classification? I served in the army at various bases during my 8 yr service. In 2010 I was diagnosed with AML, the VA took care of my treatment 100% along with my stem cell transplant but refuses to increase my dis ability rating.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      At the present time Camp Lejeune is the only military installation with presumptions associated with service.

  37. Albert Mangel    

    I had hemorrhagic fever in 67 stationed in Korea I have been denied my benefits because they lost my paperwork I’ve had heart attacks cancer high blood pressure Scar Tissue on lungs Scar Tissue on heart stomach trouble for 50 years it seems no one cares

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If VA was unable to find your records, you can request a copy of your records from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Information on requesting your records is at this link. http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/about-ompfs.html Hopefully they can find your records to help verify your claim. If you can find any other evidence of your illness, such as buddy statements, any mention in your medical records after leaving the service, etc. it will help provide additional evidence for your claim. Even your doctor’s statement that your current conditions are consistent with hemorrhagic fever could be helpful. You can also submit buddy statements from those you served with. Hopefully this helps.

  38. Maira Rodriguez    

    My husband served in Camp Lejune and developed prostate cancer 4 years ago, also during his service he developed high blood pressure (he was only 18 by the time). Can we claime for this?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Prostate cancer is not on the list of presumptions for Camp Lejeune service. You can file a claim, but will have to show a service connection between the cancer and his military service. Any condition he developed while on active duty, such as the high blood pressure you mentioned, does have a direct service connection and he should file for disability.

    2. Donna Stratford    

      Did your husband serve in Vietnam? Prostate cancer is a presumptive for Agent Orange. More information is at this link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/

  39. JOSEPH PATRICK MAC EACHERN    

    I have a question, The VA states that I have chronic kidney disease stage three, now all the research that I have done states that it’s a very good chance that it will turn into kidney cancer. So I guess what I’m trying to ask is where do I stand, and how do I know for sure it’s chronic kidney disease , and not kidney cancer. Thank You so much for your time and may God bless.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I would recommend putting in a claim for disability. The doctor will make a determination on whether it is connected to contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune as part of the Compensation and Pension exam.

  40. roby c davis    

    i have parkansons what do i do

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you are not already being seen by the VA, I’d recommend signing up for VA health care. They can treat you and this also creates a VA medical record showing that you have the condition. Information for filing a claim, as well as signing up for health care can be found at this link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp You can work with your local Veterans Service Organization or VA representative to help with this process.

  41. Fernando Gonzalez    

    What about the base of Ft MCLELLAN Alabama

    1. Donna Stratford    

      At the present time, the only installation covered by the presumption is Camp Lejeune.

  42. Clifford Boner    

    I finished up my 4 year obligation at Lejeune in April 30, 1969. I had 4 months of mess duty before Honorably Discharged. I was in from Aug. 3, 1965 to April 30, 1969. USMC. Had head injury in Nam July 19, 1966, had to have plate put in to cover up hole about the size of a quarter. Filed for PTSD when released from active duty. Am now receiving 100% disability. Had bladder and prostate removed in 2013 because of cancer, had eurethra removed in Feb, 2017, also from cancer. I guess I’m just venting, don’t know if they will give me anything or not.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If those conditions were already rated and service connected, you should already be covered. However, based on your current health, there may be some other benefits available to you. Please do a review with your local VA representative or Veterans Service Organization to see if you may qualify for any additional benefits such as special monthly compensation, specially adapted housing, or education grants.

  43. Andre D    

    What exactly does presumptive mean in this ruling? I served at New River 1977- 1980, and am now experiencing body tremors and light Parkinson’s.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      With a presumption, VA presumes that diagnosed disabilities are related to a Veteran’s military service if they meet the requirements of the presumption. VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. In this case, exposure to contaminants in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C., from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987, has been scientifically linked to eight diseases. New River is considered part of Camp Lejeune for benefit purposes. VA amended its regulations to presume service connection for Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune during the period of contamination who have been diagnosed with one or more of the eight diseases. If you have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, please file a claim for disability claim benefits and include a letter from your doctor and any other medical evidence to support your diagnosis.

  44. Van C Thomas Sr    

    I was at Camp Lejeune from 79 to 83 and I had surgery (Partial Nyphectomy) for stage 3 kidney cancer on 08/29/12. I’ve been on the registry since 2/13 and my claim keeps getting denied because my discharge was Under Other than Honorable Conditions. Am I still eligible for benefits because after all I was contaminated before I got out of the military.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      To be eligible for disability benefits, you must have been an active duty, reserve or National Guard member who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

  45. OLDMARINE    

    i did get my 30 percent for my kidney taken out now i have high blood pressure which is one of the known side affects they do give me blood pressure medication but it is not on my diagnosis list what is up with that, and if you do mention camp lejeune drinking water they say they never heard about it. I guess one shoe fits all and what’s up with the blue button download I can’t get any doctors notes or progress notes but he is always tapping on that computer of his

    1. Donna Stratford    

      You might check with your doctor about why high blood pressure isn’t on your diagnosis list. My husband has kidney problems and they prescribed blood pressure medication, not because he has high blood pressure, but because it provides some protection for the kidney. In relation to the blue button issue, I’m checking on that and will reply when I get an answer.

    2. Donna Stratford    

      There is a software glitch with the My Healthy Vet Blue Button that keeps some Veterans with larger records from retrieving all of their VA notes. This will be fixed in three phases over the next month. Check your record after March 25 and see if it is fixed. If not, you can contact the MHV Help Desk.

  46. Kuma Gardner    

    My husband was at Camp Lejeune during that time period, he had throat cancer in 2010 and then was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in September 2016 and died in January 2017. He put in a claim about the water for 100%disability before he died and my question is, can the claim be transferred to me and my daughter, mainly for my daughter because she graduates in May 2017 and I was told she could use the benefits for college tuition. Another question is why the VA didn’t follow up with yearly exams for previous cancer scans for my husband if they knew he had cancer before? Only way they new he had cancer was because they misdiagnosed him with having allergies and pneumonia then they tell him it’s stage 4 terminal lung cancer and to get his affairs in order. So know my husband is dead and left trying to figure out why this happened.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am so very sorry for your loss. Neither throat or lung cancer were on the list of presumptive conditions for Camp Lejeune. Here is a link to information on the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program, which provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. I would recommend you contact your local VA representative or Veteran Service Organization to review your situation and determine if there are some benefits available to you and your daughter. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  47. Russell Spinks    

    What about Marines stationed or TAD at Camp Pendleton California from the 1985 to 1986. I am only 50 years old. I have all kind of medical problems and the VA as well National Archives can’t find any of my records from my exit medical exam or my VA records from my first visit to the VA in Alexandria Louisiana. So I am having a hard time getting my diabetes claims approved. It’s funny how the government always looses paperwork that shows they are wrong.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’d recommend requesting them again from the National Archives. They may have been misfiled and could show up in a second search.

  48. edwin s roberts 111    

    I HAVE FILLED SECTION OUT 3 TIMES AND THE CODE IS WRONG AND TRY TO CORRECT IT ERASES THE COMMENT SECTION. SO CALL ME OR EMAIL ME…. I NEED TO TELL MY CANCER PROBLEM….

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Instead of using the form on eBenefits, you can save this one to your computer 21-526EZ if you have all of your documentation http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-21-526ez-are.pdf or the regular 21-526 if you need VA to order a physical or get additional information http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-526-ARE.pdf you can then save it and upload it. This process tends to work better. I will contact you later and see if you are still having a problem.

  49. David Daniels    

    I was station their for two years as a brig rate I am considered 100% they can’t add to my package already is their some kind of settlement in place

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The only benefits available are for healthcare and disability compensation.

  50. Jacqueline K Griffin    

    My husband and I were stationed/worked at Camp Lejeune/Montford Point (<1959-1978). We have 2 children born at Naval Hosp there. After completing 2-tours to Vietnam he became ill in 1990. Claim for Agent Orange initially denied-he had Hepatitis B, Bladder, Testicular & Prostate cancers in addition to Brain Fistulas. We're still appealing VAs claims for care since my husband reached point in 2006 he must have Care daily to survive. To every Veteran I say Be Persistent~have someone work with you to ensure you are properly represented. My father worked at the very site the contamination has been diagnosed but we were unaware of harmful effects before his untimely death in 1976. Will press on.

  51. Leslie Solley    

    My father was stationed at Camp Lejeune between that time. He died from acute Leukemia in 2000. Is my Mom entitled to any benefits?
    Thanks for your help.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  52. Lawrence Guida    

    A good friend and I were stationed at Camp Lejeune during that timeframe he died of liver cancer last year is his wife and family eligible for any compensation

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. Your local VA representative or Veterans Service Organization can help your friend’s wife register a claim for benefits. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  53. Rene G Zayas    

    Are they doing any other research for different illness associated with the water?
    I have filed a claim with veterans Affairs for my current and pass illnesses, haven’t heard anything yet? Was stationed with the 10th Marines Regiment from November 1974 till December 1975.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA continues to review scientific research. If an association is found for additional illnesses, they will be considered for additional rules.

  54. Terry R. Ewing    

    Is Monoclonal Gammopothy of Unknown Significance (MGUS) a precursor of Multiple Meyloma included in the act and eligible for VA medical benefits?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      MGUS is not included in the presumption. However I would recommend applying for the disability benefit showing your current illness, with an explanation of why it is closely associated with Multiple Myeloma, and a statement from your doctor explaining why it should be considered.

      1. Terry R. Ewing    

        Thank you!
        I read an article that reported that the rule making technical committee had recommended including MGUS in the list of presumptive diseases to the VA Secretary. Can you tell me why MGUS was excluded in the final rules? If you don’t know can you give the name and contact information for someone on that committee?

        1. Donna Stratford    

          The excerpt you provided refers to clinical treatment guidance for the precancerous conditions related to Camp Lejeune. For example, MGUS is an indication that multiple myeloma could occur in the future. They are indicating that it should be included in the clinical guidance to monitor for multiple myeloma. There was not an intention to include MGUS as a disability. I hope this answers your question.

        2. Terry R. Ewing    

          Thanks again. As a qualifying Camp Lejeune veteran diagnosed with MGUS, am I eligible for va medical care under the 2012 Act?

          I applied, but was told my income is too high for medical benefits.

        3. Donna Stratford    

          I’ve been told that there is a little latitude in how the pre-cancerous conditions are handled at the VA medical facilities. I’d recommend registering and reference the Camp Lejeune presumptives. Then make the case for service connection with the MGUS diagnosis for screening. If they agree to service connect your MGUS as a pre-cancerous condition related to a presumptive condition, they shouldn’t charge you for the MGUS testing. Treatment for service connected conditions is not subject to income limits. I hope that makes sense.

  55. Percy Reese    

    I AM SO SORRY, WE MADE JOKES ABOUT THE TASTE OF THE WATER AND THE SMELL WHEN BOILING, ESPECIALLY AT TT-1 & 2. WE DRANK IT FOR ALMOST 5 YEARS. BOTTLE WATER OR BEER, EASY CHOICE. DAMN THAT WATER WAS THAT BAD AGAIN I’M SORRY.

  56. Sean F Marble    

    I was born on Camp Lejune in 1963, and was born with a hole in my heart. I also lived on Camp Lejune 2 other times as my father was in the Marine Corps for 33 years. Am I eligible to receive compensation for the birth defects I encountered?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA has no authority to provide disability benefits to family members or civilian employees. However, the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  57. Milo G Martin Jr    

    What is being done about the mercury filling in the teeth of many veterans I had mines from 1964 to 1996 this stuff caused teeth troat smelling ringing in ears mental problem rage anger all sorts of issues

    Mercury toxicity is deadly to humans my claim has not been settled

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The amalgam filling that were a mixture of a metal alloys including mercury and have been used for well over 100 years by military and civilian dentists. The VA doesn’t have a presumption in place related to amalgam fillings. You could file a direct claim for disability compensation, but would have to provide scientific research showing a connection between the military amalgam fillings and your current health issues.

  58. John Martel    

    The VA is a JOKE as they Denied Me Benefits for Years and I been in Appeals for over 2 years. I am at 70% now and lost feelings in Both Feet because of (Agent Orange in Vietnam). Some of the Doctors that work at the VA should be Fired… They could care less for the VETS….

  59. Martin Hedlund    

    Was stationed at New river for 4 years from 1972-1976. I have colon cancer twice and lung cancer once. Am I eligible ?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Colon cancer and lung cancer are not included in the Camp Lejeune presumption. Were you in Vietnam? Lung cancer is a presumption for exposure to Agent Orange.

  60. Randy koehne    

    I was here in 11/61 for well over 30 days.
    I have had many problems since early 70s with kidney stones, a nodule was removed in the bladder, continues infections of both. Blood in urine. To this day I have had to get treatments for the stones that seem to be every several years.
    No connection has been established yet, but many marines are out there who have similar problems.
    I feel fortunate that the doctor found the dime size nodule and removed it. It was benign.
    Will this ever be looked at .

    1. Donna Stratford    

      While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

  61. ROBERT SANCHEZ    

    This letter is to express my disagreement with the VA processing data, and the rating and their action on my knees…. It’s not so much about the compensation but it is more about the incomplete information regarding to the medical service that I feel I earned and I’m entitle to. The compensation is secondary if I qualify.
    My name is Robert Sanchez; I’m presently 69-year-old. I have serviced as a paratrooper, and my DD214 show that.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you have filed for disability compensation and were denied as not service connected, I would urge you to file a new claim and explain in your statement why your knee condition was related to military service. Say how many jumps you had, etc. If there were any knee injuries in service, add that. We want to make sure you get the care and benefits you have earned. Thank you for your service.

  62. Percy Reese    

    I AM SO SORRY, WE MADE JOKES ABOUT THE TASTE OF THE WATER AND THE SMELL WHEN BOILING, ESPECIALLY AT TT-1 & 2. WE DRANK IT FOR ALMOST 5 YEARS. BOTTLE WATER OR BEER, EASY CHOICE. DAMN THAT WATER WAS THAT BAD AGAIN I’M SORRY. DOING SOME READING I SAW THAT CAMP JOHNSON IS INCLUDED IN THE TOXIC WATER CLAIMS, DAMN I WENT TO SCHOOL THERE FOR ABOUT 4 MONTH, DRANK THAT WATER FOR OVER 5 YEARS.

  63. JACQUI ODELL    

    Are there going to be other covered illnesses? My friend is 81 and has a slew of illnesses determined to be from his service which are not listed, yet should be.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

  64. Mitch Jordan    

    Are reservists that were stationed there for training covered to receive medical benefits even though none of the presumptive conditions have appeared yet?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Reservists would have to have a service connected illness before they are eligible for medical benefits.

  65. Richard Dewar    

    I putt my claim in more than a year ago,besides Parkinson’s disease I have prostate cancer and coronary heart disease. I wonder if I’ll ever see any compensation.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Claims related to Camp Lejeune have been on hold until the presumptions went into effect March 14. You should receive an update soon.

  66. WILLIAM RETALLICK    

    DID YOU RECEIVE MY COMMENTS.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I don’t see anything else from you, can you please repost?

  67. Sean cannon    

    Any way its part of MCAS Cherry Point??

    1. Donna Stratford    

      MCAS Cherry Point is not part of the Camp Lejeune presumption.

  68. Richard Dewar    

    I put my claim in more than a year ago besides Parkinson’s disease I have prostate cancer and coronary heart disease. I wonder if I’ll ever see any compensation.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Camp Lejeune claims have been on hold since December 2015. Now that the presumptions are in effect, claims are being finalized and you should hear something soon.

  69. Frank Bennett    

    Stationed at LeJeune during the specified period. I have a massive medical history of chronic prostate infections and precancerous lesions, chronic renal infections, pituitary tumor, autoimmune disorders, chronic joint degeneration including cervical and lumbar spine, nerve damage, PTSD, depression and anxiety, and have undergone several related surgeries and am now unemployable. Must I now wait until I’ve developed full blown cancer to file for disability?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Frank, please contact your local VA representative or Veterans Service Organization to see about filing for some of your other disabilities. If any of your current conditions are related to your time on active duty, not just Camp Lejeune, you could be eligible for disability benefits. This blog explains the claim process. http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/32368/successfully-file-va-compensation-claim/

  70. James V. Simmons    

    I filed in Dec. 2015, I’m still awaiting a resolution ?
    James V. Simmons, former Marine.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA started holding claims related to Camp Lejeune in December 2015 until the Camp Lejeune presumptions were effective. Those claims are now being processed and you should hear something soon.

  71. Tony Lee    

    I was at camp lejene from 1978, 1980, 1983 and was expose to contaminated water and later 2010 had to have surgery on my left foot with bone removal. does this quantify me for benefit from the camp matters

    1. Donna Stratford    

      You don’t say why you had bone removal from your foot, but if it is related to your military service, you should file for a disability claim. If it was related to one of the eight diseases listed in the article, it could qualify for the presumption.

  72. Laird Nelson    

    I had a tumor removed from my stomach last year, is that covered and how much percent is something like that?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Whether or not your tumor is included in th Camp Lejeune presumption would depend on your diagnosis and if the illness was included on the list. Ratings are based on your current medical condition and treatment. The rating could be anywhere between 0 and 100 percent depending on your current medical condition.

  73. Nolene    

    I Have A Enlarge Liver And Spleen And No One Has Given Me A Reason Why,But I Believe It Started When I Was Station In Camp Lejeune from 1974 Thru 1977..The Doctors At The VA Hospital In NYC Will Not Say If This Was Cause By The Water In Camp Lejeune.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you file a claim and include medical records showing your diagnosis, Doctors specializing in Camp Lejeune claims can make a determination on whether your condition is more likely than not attributed to service at Camp Lejeune.

  74. Barbara M Fritz    

    My husband was stationed there but passed in 2005. He had so many illness but I am not sure what all he had. He was 100% disabled from the Vietnam War. How do I or if I can find out if any compensation is due to him?
    I was married in 1973 tp him and we were married until his serviced connected death 2005

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. If your husband was 100 percent disabled, there would not have been additional compensation for Camp Lejeune. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  75. William Titus Asbury    

    What about the vets exposed to the nerve gas in Vietnam where the US wiped out whole villages with it destroying VC Sympathizers?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you have any illnesses related to exposure to nerve gas, you can apply for disability compensation for those conditions.

  76. Scott Wilson    

    Is Camp Geiger, NC included in the list of satellite base affected?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. Camp Geiger is included.

  77. Kevin Murphy    

    What about Camp Geiger?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. Camp Geiger is included.

  78. Paul Aliotti    

    I am happy to hear about compensation for water contamination related issues for military stationed at Camp Lejeune. Hopefully claims wont be dragged out, or made so difficult to get approved for payment.
    My question is, when is duty at NCBC Gulfport going to be treated just as Vietnam service compensation for Agent Orange.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      There is no legal presumption of Agent Orange exposure based on service at the US Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) at Gulfport, Mississippi. Exposure may be acknowledged on a direct case-by-case basis if evidence shows that a Veteran was directly involved with handling the barrels of AO that were stored near there prior to shipment to Vietnam or during 1977 when remaining stores of AO were incinerated in the Gulf of Mexico. If this applies to you, we would urge you to file a claim.

  79. Deborah Ann Lindsay    

    when are they going to add pancreatic cancer to this list? Also when do the family members that were living on base that drank the contaminated water get reimbursed for the cancer and other related medical issues due to the contaminated water?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA continues to review scientific studies and literature to see if there is an association between the contaminants of concern and additional illnesses. In relation to family members, the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  80. James L. Daniel    

    I served at Camp LeJeune from app.6.1970-31972. I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and in Dec. 2015 had to have my only kidney removed…and the cancer came back. I am terminal. I hope this comes through soon. They tell me that I’ll be 100%, and I hope so, because then my wife will have some income besides Social Security after I am gone.
    I always have been and always will be proud to be an American and a US Marine.
    Semper Fi!

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m very sorry for your illness. Please ensure that your file is updated with evidence of your current medical situation. Veterans with terminal illnesses are given priority in the claims process.

  81. Robert Rego    

    Thanks for the information has anyone looked into MCAS Cherry Point?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The only installation currently included for a presumption is Camp Lejeune.

  82. Natashua Wolney    

    i really need some help my boy friend has lou gehrigs and i cant get him to go to doctor he feels this is what he gets karma wise.it ofcoarse only is getting worse i can tell he’s in alot of pain and when he is he takes it out on me but we live with his parents and elderly father who cant hear and probably would careless and his mother whom has altzimers is there a way i can make him get treatment if not for disease maybe for the depression and rage he is suffering from i dont know what to do

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Natashua, please contact your local VA Veterans Center and ask if they can help. They have specially trained counselors that may be able to assist. Information on the program is at this link. https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/Vet_Center_Services.asp You can also call them to find out about services near you at 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387).

  83. kim c. reilly    

    what about Esophagus Cancer ???

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Esophageal cancer is not known to have an association with the contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune. It is not included in the presumptive diseases.

  84. Sean LeBoeuf    

    Is Camp Geiger included? Advanced infantry training 1969?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. Camp Geiger is included.

  85. John G Mennitto    

    Last year the IOM submitted new findings regarding exposure to Agent Orange. 4 ailments were added to the list of 14 (hyperthyroidism, hypertension, Parkinson’s like symptoms and bladder cancer). What is the status??

    1. Donna Stratford    

      These finding are currently being reviewed and considered. If additional presumptions are proposed they will be announced as part of the rule making process.

  86. Rodney Johnson    

    Since I’ve returned to civilian life I went to donate blood to the RED CROSS and was informed I could not.
    I asked why, the answer in short MAD COW…. While stationed in Germany from 1979 to 1987 time period
    I can not and will not be allowed to donate.
    Now I’m having all types of medical conditions.
    Anyone else having this issue?
    Sgt Rodney E Johnson
    U.S. Army Field Artillery ( 2/41, 1/98 and 2/8 FA )

  87. william reno    

    What about hypertension and or CKD for Agent Orange personnel? I had a kidney transplant due to long term/un noticed blood pressure

    1. Donna Stratford    

      These conditions are not currently on the list of presumptions for Agent Orange. However, you can file for compensation benefits on a direct basis and include evidence, such as scientific studies, or a statement from your doctor, to support your claim for service connection.

  88. Francis A Aquilante    

    Iwas station at Camp Lejeune from june 1958 til january 1959. 2004 i had a cancers tumer removed from my kidney in doing so i had such a bad infection it went to my aorder valve, the infection was so bad i had open heart surgery and they gave me a new pigs valve. 5 years from when they gave me the valve it got in trouble so i had open heart surgery again in witch they gave me a new valve.In January of 2015 i put in a claim here we are 26 months later and no answer. What should i do?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      It’s likely that your claim was put on hold pending the implementation of the Camp Lejeune presumption. You can check your claim status in eBenefits. Since these claims are now being processed, you should receive an update soon.

  89. Robert Partl    

    I have had a claim in for 2 years stuck in Louisville with no communication whatsoever from the VA. I had a kidney removed in early 2015 and my ebenifts page says decision to be anywhere between 12/18 to 12/22 pretty damn ridiculous to have to wait 3-5 years for a presumptive decision but that should kill off a few more Marines they won’t have to pay for

    1. Donna Stratford    

      It’s likely that your claim was put on hold pending the implementation of the Camp Lejeune presumption. You can check your claim status in eBenefits. The presumptive conditions went into effect March 14, and these claims are now being processed, you should receive an update soon.

  90. Arthur.d.ledbetter    

    Filed a claim in 2013 for multi myeloma / camp Lejeune service connected,denied 2014. Filed. Appeal in 2015. Still in appeals. Do I need to file a new service connected claim for my mm , still being treated with chemo.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Appeals related to Camp Lejeune have been flagged and are currently being reviewed. Please ensure that your current medical condition is in your health record. If you are being treated by the VA we will have access to that information. If you are being treated by a private physician, you should upload a letter from your doctor stating your current condition, treatment, and other medications.

  91. David Johnson    

    Is Camp Geiger included.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. Camp Geiger is included.

  92. jo    

    What about other neurological disorders? I know someone who was based there in the early 80’s and has been diagnosed with MS, Lyme disease, etc but they really aren’t certain what his neurological disorder is.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’d recommend your friend take the list of presumptions to his/her physician and ask if it could be related. If so, it would be a good idea to file a claim for disability.

  93. William Garrison    

    I went through ITR at Camp Geiger mid August 1963 to Mid Sept. 1963. At which time I was assigned to. F-2-10 105 howitzer battery. I was Married January 1964. She had a miscarriage end of July 1965 and so did many of the wives around us. She has thyroid problems, Also cervical cancer. When I enlisted I knew the dangers I might have to face. I didn’t expect the harm the Corps did to my wife and the killing of our first child.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m very sorry for your loss and your wife’s health issues. If she was in base housing, and exposed to contaminants in the water, there may be reimbursement of healthcare costs. The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  94. C B Steele    

    This is good and long overdue news for these servicemen and servicewomen!
    Now the VA should kck into high gear and acknowledge the recent research, along with findings from other similar studies and recommendations from the National Academies of Science report on Veterans with Agent Orange exposure add hypertension as a presumptive service condition for Vietnam Veterans.

  95. Sondra L Avellino    

    Hello Captain, I was in Camp Johnson in 1984. I have had many mental issues since then. Is that part of the list of diagnostics?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Mental issues are not on the list of presumptive conditions related to Camp Lejeune, however, you still may be able to get treatment from the VA. If you are not already being seen by the VA, I’d recommend signing up for VA health care. Information can be found at the following link http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/ By the way, I retired as a master sergeant.

  96. Delaney Matthew Thomas    

    VA has me rated at 10% for tinnitus but 0% for hearing loss, I don’t understand why I can’t get disability for hearing loss but can get it for ringing in my ears.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      All of the ratings are based on approved federal regulations stating how benefits are calculated. Tinnitus is rated at 10%. Hearing loss is rated based on the level of loss. It’s a little complicated, but here is the legal reference explaining how hearing loss is calculated. http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4.85 The loss has to be fairly high before you qualify for benefits. My son is a disabled Vet and he has to turn his good ear to you to hear a conversation and says “what” alot. He is also rated at 0, so I feel your pain.

  97. David Causey    

    What is the benefit area? I was stationed at New River, but made many trips to Camp Lejeune, along with my family during the time frame?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’ve requested that a map showing the benefit area be added to the article. New River is included in the presumption, as well as all the satellite camps within the Camp Lejeune area.

  98. Jerry Borsh    

    You probably have the worst possible job in the VA fielding these complaints. I am sorry that none of us appear to have anything good to say about the VA.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Thank you Jerry. I appreciate that.

  99. Michael Dashiell    

    I had part of my right kidney removed because it was cancerous. Will I receive any benefits for that. I seem to be Ok now just have to get checked once a year to make sure the cancer did not come back. Not a very pleasant procedure (the treatment) and still worry about my kidneys especially after all the Camp Lejuene stuff.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Michael, you would be rated on the residuals, which means your current condition and medications, etc. I recommend you file for disability and include your treatment records showing the surgery and statement from your doctor on your current condition, medications, etc. There is probably a scar. That may also be compensable.

  100. mark w bemis    

    returned my packet 2 years ago and no response from the VA

    1. Donna Stratford    

      It’s likely that your claim was put on hold pending the implementation of the Camp Lejeune presumption. You can check your claim status in eBenefits. Since these claims are now being processed, you should receive an update soon.

  101. Robert Lane    

    So what is happening with compensation for the contamination at Ft McClellan, AL which was much worse???

    1. Donna Stratford    

      At the present time, the only installation with presumptions is Camp Lejeune.

  102. Brenda Bierly    

    If I already get survivor benefits and my husband was in camp lejune, should I receive compensation from that!

    1. Donna Stratford    

      No. Just the survivor benefits, which you are already receiving.

  103. Edward Benoit    

    There are other cancer related illnesses not yet on this list….I have Barrett’s syndrome witch is a common condition….Esophagus cancer is on the LeJeune list but not yet recognized for disability…I was at LeJeune from 74-77 and now have Barrett’s…cancer is not common to my family…So is this decision final or should we stand by and wait for new conclusions as to future problems with our health…Thankfully, I do have the V.A. choice program witch does help with medical expenses……

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The original 2012 Camp Lejeune Act was not based on scientific studies. It says that in the law itself. To grant VA disability benefits, we are required to show an association between the illness, and an event in service. In this case, exposure to contaminants in the drinking water.
      While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

  104. Darrel Lee Elgert    

    I recieved a letter from the Marines some time age and was ask about if I had any medical problems and I told them I had prostate cancer when I was 55 and radition treatment 3 years later because it was coming back. Sent the marines all my records medically and have not revived a word yet it. I see that my condition is not listed but maybe should be? Let me know asap

    1. Donna Stratford    

      They did not find an association between prostate cancer and contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune. However if you served in Vietnam, prostate cancer is on the list of presumptive conditions for exposure to Agent Orange. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/ If this applies to you, I would urge you to file a claim for disability.

  105. David Goodman    

    Hello.. Will the VA be adding additional military installations such as Ft McClellan? It was not only contaminated by a chemical plant (outside the gates), but by the tons of toxic and radioactive waste buried throughout the fort. It was home to the US Army Chemical Corps, Military Police, and WAC. Our deadliest Chemical Warfare Agents were stored there and thousands of us vets are suffering and dying from our exposure. I’m so glad that Camp Lejeune vets are being recognized, and hope that the VA will recognize ALL vets who were exposed to toxins. Thank you, Ft McClellan vet. 1983/84

    1. Donna Stratford    

      At the present time, Camp Lejeune is the only installation covered by the presumption.

  106. Tony    

    I have not been diagnose with cancer but I do have some problems that are more mental. I was stationed at Camp LeJeune during 1982-1983 am I still able to receive benefits?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Mental conditions are not included in the list of presumptions for Camp Lejeune. I would recommend you contact your local Vet Center and see if they can provide some assistance or recommendations. http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/Vet_Center_Services.asp

  107. Robinson Rodriguez    

    I was stationed at Camp Geiger for 12 weeks for infantry training from May to June of ’68. Camp Geiger is part of Camp Lejeune. Is Geiger part of the benefit area? I came down with prostate cancer in 2001 at the age of 51 and it had to be removed. The VA gave me a rating of 0 %.

    R.Rodriguez, USMC, Vietnam ’68 – ’69

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. Camp Geiger is part of the benefit area. Prostate cancer is not one of the presumptive diseases for Camp Lejeune, however it is for Agent Orange. If you served in Vietnam you should consider applying for disability based on Agent Orange exposure. Here is additional information on Agent Orange http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/

  108. Robinson Rodriguez    

    No comment. Awaiting reply for my inquiry.

  109. Benito Whatley Jr    

    I served at Camp Lejeune in 1969 for about four months. I have recently been diagnosed wit anemia Actually by recently I mean within the past two to three years. Where would I find out if I am eligible for some type of of compensation?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Anemia is not one of the presumptions for Camp Lejeune.

  110. Thomas Swilling    

    Does this apply to people stationed at New River Air Station, too, or is that a separate water supply altogether that was not contaminated?

    I was stationed at New River Air Station in 1972-1974.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      New River had a separate water supply, however it is included in the presumption.

  111. joseph boyd    

    i am rated 80% cmt(peripheral neuropathy) camp lejeune water hazard..i have a nod dro iu claim in florida that is 18 months old now and still waiting..whats the hold up????i have been to voc rehab was told not feasible,,,been to ilp program thats done….even had a qtc exam in oct 2016 that was added to claim for inc in rating….why is florida taking so long to finish claim???? back log is a joke here…its like no one in florida are working on nod dro just regular claims..letter i got said 377 days average…i am at 540 days plus ….what can i do besides wait.??????

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I assume you have an appeal pending. If it was related to Camp Lejeune, those appeals were on hold pending approval of the presumptions. They are being reviewed now to see if they can be decided based on the new presumptions. You should hear something soon.

  112. Delia Foster    

    Any idea when the VA will admit what we all know — that AO was stored on and shipped to and from Okinawa?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      DOD provides the information to VA on where Agent Orange was stored, shipped, or used.

  113. Daniel Bryant    

    I applied for disability compensation for both severe COPD and Sleep apnea which began less than a year after I served in operation Desert shield/Storm. I was still in the military when the breathing problems began and have since retired. I read an article that stated that these conditions were covered under a presumptive ruling for gulf war vets and yet I was denied any compensation for these issues. I have since applied ( Jan 2017) for a DRO and am still awaiting results. My main question is this: if it is covered under a presumptive ruling and I have documented evidence of the COPD and Apnea, why was my request denied in the first place? Doesn’t presumptive mean just that?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If both the COPD and Sleep Apnea were diagnosed while on active duty, or within a year of discharge, I would recommend providing that evidence to the VA for consideration with your claim. It should be in your service treatment records. This link provides information on the Gulf War presumptive illnesses. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/gulf-war/gulf-war-winter-2016/gulf-war-presumptives.asp It’s possible the information was missed in the records review.

  114. Anthony Vernon Hill    

    I got non-hodgkins lymphoma cancer while on AD as a Marine in 1993 just weeks after leaving Camp Lejeune. I went from Paris Island to Lejeune for combat training and then on to mos school in Mare Island CA where a huge lump showed up in my neck overnight. I wasn’t there for the right year and wasn’t there for quite 30 days but I sure did get cancer. I was 19 years old. I didn’t drink or smoke and they never could tell me why or how I got cancer. I have like a 10% service connected disability because of the big scars on my head and neck from cancer treatment (radiation therapy) but not for the cancer itself. Is there any chance of getting a claim even though the time frame is wrong?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The Camp Lejeune wells with contaminants in the water supply were closed in 1985. Ratings are based on your current health condition, or what they call residuals, like your scar from the surgery. If you don’t currently have cancer, or ongoing cancer treatments, there is no current compensation for a disability.

  115. Anthony Vernon Hill    

    I meant 1991 not 1993.
    I got non-hodgkins lymphoma cancer while on AD as a Marine in 1991 just weeks after leaving Camp Lejeune. I went from Paris Island to Lejeune for combat training and then on to mos school in Mare Island CA where a huge lump showed up in my neck overnight. I wasn’t there for the right year and wasn’t there for quite 30 days but I sure did get cancer. I was 19 years old. I didn’t drink or smoke and they never could tell me why or how I got cancer. I have like a 10% service connected disability because of the big scars on my head and neck from cancer treatment (radiation therapy) but not for the cancer itself. Is there any chance of getting a claim even though the time frame is wrong?what

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Since your cancer was diagnosed when you were on active duty, it is already service connected. Your rating is based on your condition today, so there would be no difference between you and someone who was rated based on the new presumption.

  116. William H Moonen    

    I was stationed at Lejeune from 1959 to 1960 and have been treated for prostrate Cancer been diagnosed with Kidney cancer and I have a lung deases so far I have only gotten 20% for the prostrate cancer. ????

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I would recommend filing for disability for the kidney cancer based on the new Camp Lejeune presumptive list. Were you in Vietnam? Lung disease in a presumptive for Agent Orange. If so, file for that also based on Vietnam service.

  117. Bryan J Skinner    

    I was at Camp Lejune in 1979 in combat engineer class for 45 days plus. What are the total number of illnesses covered, 8 plus another 15? I’ve had skin cancer cut off stomach chest back etc now the back of my arms doesn’t heal up. Three of us were brought to the infirmary for super migraine head aches and given meds and bed rest , is that still on file? I’m with VA health care now I’m really not sure what to do next. I filed a report years ago. I just keep getting updates.Im not sure if the report has been dropped. Any suggestions? Thank you, Bryan J. Skinner.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Bryan, the presumptive illnesses for compensation are just the eight listed. Although all of the diseases were reviewed for the disability list, based on scientific studies, they could only find an association between the illness and contaminants of concern for eight of them. neither skin cancer or migraines are considered presumptive for Camp Lejeune. Your service treatment records should be part of your VA file if you have filed a claim. Disability is based on your current health condition, illnesses or events in service, and a medical opinion connecting the two. I’d recommend setting up an appointment with your local Veteran representative or Veterans Service Organization and reviewing your information to see if you should file a claim. I hope that helps.

  118. Kimberlee Burrow    

    Prostate cancer needs to be included! It is shown thy they have studied it with all the other conditions and it has been shown that the exposure can cause it also! Why is it not included? My husband was there for 18 months and diaguqith prostate cancer among other neurological conditions!! Have filed claims but have heard nothing in a year!

    1. Donna Stratford    

      All claims related to Camp Lejeune service have been on hold since December 2015 awaiting implementation of the Camp Lejeune presumptive illness list. That happened on March 14. Those claims are being reviewed and decided now. Hopefully you will hear something soon.

  119. michael fagan    

    ok let me get this straight . we as dependents whose parents were stationed at camp lejeune are not covered under this medical coverage. even though we as dependents also drank and bathed in this same water faucets as our parents . that makes no sense

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA has no legal authority to pay disability to dependents. However, the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  120. Linda Mulligan    

    This is the letter was posted on the government web site today.
    Good Morning,
    My husband Marine Terrence Mulligan of Raymond NH is waiting on a double Lunge and Liver Transplant. Denied his disability check for 9 years now. Terrence is frustrating mentally, physically and financially his morale is failing, Terrence feels that his country has let him down.
    WE are so grateful to the Manchester VA for there outstanding performance as a team. We also have received help from local veterans group, and this we are grateful.
    But every time he gets closer to receiving his disability checks you change the list again, like in 2012 your list included some of his diseases such as (sclaraderma).spelling? But you changed it again, bully
    WE can’t help but feel pushed around by our own government. This man worked in hospitals such as Bostons Children, he loved caring for those children, I see it in his eyes how much he misses them.
    Now, no longer able to work hi is confined to his room, the former living-room converted for him on the first floor, because its easier with the oxygen.
    What is it that I can do for him, I’ve requesting his Primary Doctor at the Manchester VA write a letter on his behave providing that all of Terrence illnesses are related to the waters of Camp Lejeune. I’ve contacted you, I’ve filed all papers, there was interviews with Peter Below on public radio, a cover story in NH Union Leader and a Gofundme account to stop foreclosure of his home.
    All in all his tells me how he can’t wait for spring to watch for the birds migration and sit in the garden and WAIT.
    His Loving wife Linda Mulligan, Justice of the Peace.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Linda, I am so sorry your husband is going through this. I know it’s confusing, but the 2012 list compiled by Congress was not based on scientific studies showing a connection between contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune and a medical diagnosis. The law itself states that. For disability compensation, VA has to show a connection between the exposure during military service and the illness. That is why there are only eight illnesses on the presumptive disability compensation list. I would recommend your husband reapply now that the list is implemented, unless he already has a claim in process. Although lung cancer is not on the list for Camp Lejeune, liver cancer is. If the lung cancer is connected to the liver cancer, it would then be considered as secondary and may be compensable. As a side note, if he served in Vietnam, lung cancer is a presumption for Agent Orange exposure. Please work with your local Veterans Service Organization or VA representative to determine what should be filed.

  121. Robert larrinaga    

    I was stationed at Lejeune 76-78, honorably discharged, developed Bladder Cancer in 92, treated for 11 months, no current diagnosis of cancer now. Sent an email to Secretary Shulkin Wednesday, received a response yesterday basically saying that since I don’t have a current diagnosis, no compensation. They don’t care that they gave me CANCER, I no longer have it so too bad. But that I can still file a claim if I have residuals and I am eligible for free VA healthcare. I deserve 100 percent compensation for the 11 months I was treated for it and an additional 6 months after treatment ended. Thank you to my wonderful government.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA disability benefits are intended to compensate Veterans with service connected disabilities for conditions that impact their ability to be gainfully employed. That is why they are based on the current medical condition and symptoms of the Veteran. The disability ratings can fluctuate over time as conditions improve or worsen.

  122. timothy ryan    

    I have three separate live diseases! I served as as a Navy Corpsman! I may have liver cancer will know in two weeks! Liver biopsy! I was at the Naval Hospital for 9 months in 1968! Please any one who served at Camp Lejeune! Please register at the Marine Corp Web site! Symptoms or not! SEMPER FI!

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Please file a claim for compensation with VA. Being on the Marine Corps list is not the same as filing for disability with the VA. More information is at this link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp

  123. Christopher Elliott    

    I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2007. I saw that this was on a secondary list for consideration. Is there any update to that?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      To be secondary, you have to have one of the diseases on the presumptive list that caused the colon cancer.

  124. Michael Lee Herring, Sr    

    Ive contracted thyroid cancer, subsequently having it removed. I was at Camp Lejeune from 1980-1983 living on base in Tarawa Terrace base housing. My wife and I also experienced problems with getting pregnant as well. We were treated with Infertility treatment and did get pregnant and a healthy birth. However, my wife has never been able to conceive again. How can find out if I’m covered for these issues no cancer of any kind ever from either side of my family. Also, never any trouble conceiving by any member of either of our families . So there must be a connection of some type.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Thyroid cancer is not on the presumptive list for Camp Lejeune. While healthcare costs related to infertility would be covered under the 2012 Camp Lejeune Act, it is not compensable for disability.

  125. Ronald M. Jones    

    I served at Camp Lejune in 1978 I have already put in a claim but my Vet Officer says my kind of Cancer isn’t on the list. You would think throat cancer would be the first on the list. I had squamous cell tumor on the base of my tongue, it has left me with difficulty in swallowing, half the saliva and taste buds I use to have. I am convinced it was contracted at Camp Lejune. Is there anything else I can do? Thank you for your time.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Your Vet Officer is correct. You can always file on a direct basis and submit scientific evidence that connects your type of cancer with the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune.
      While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

  126. Paul J. Fleming flem    

    I was stationed in 1961 to early 1962 and now I am a type 2 diabetic. Would I qualify?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Diabetes is not on the list of presumptive illnesses connected to Camp Lejeune. It is however on the presumptive list for Agent Orange. If you served in Vietnam you should consider applying under the Agent Orange presumptive. Here is more information. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/

  127. Lewis Webb    

    I am a veteran and worked at New River MCAS in 1986-87 as a civilian contractor modifying USMC helicopters. We had trailers outside the hangars and drank from the base water supply. Any consideration from the VA for my situation?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m sorry, but VA does not have any legal authority to provide disability benefits to civilian employees.

  128. Daniel Kiemle    

    I was there had two collapsed lungs, lung cancer, colon cancer, neither listed, I am on the suit.

    D a n Kienle

  129. Nathaniel Curley    

    I have a sister who was stationed at Camp Lejeune back in the 80s. She contacted a disease called MoyaMoya while stationed there. My question is: Would she be able to receive any compensation? Thank you.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If your sister has this in her military records and still has the disease, she may be eligible for compensation. I’d recommend she contact her local Veterans Service Officer to discuss options for filing for disability compensation.

  130. Robert B. Stockbridge    

    Why are gaul bladder issues not addressed as a condition? Mine had cancer contained within that no one knew so the water is in all tissue cells. You would think more categories would be listed. No confidence ever have I had with the VA as an organization.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

  131. Donald W Simmons    

    What about colon cancer?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Colon cancer is not on the list. While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

  132. Lynn Vecciarelli    

    My husband was stationed at Camp LeJeune during this time and has had Essential Tremors for some time, is this being included under Parkinsons?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      This is a great question for your doctor. I’d recommend scheduling an appointment with your VA medical center or clinic to get a diagnosis in your record. The doctor can determine if it is the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

  133. Tommy L Brown    

    I was a corpsman at Lejeune from August of 1970 till October of 1971. In 2014 I had my left kidney removed due to cancer. Filed a claim, denied, said smoking and family history were the cause. Don’t smoke and nobody in my family has ever had kidney cancer. Filed a notice of disagreement in July of 2015. I never hear anything on this. Anybody have any idea how long this takes?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Appeals related to Camp Lejeune service are currently being reviewed. You should hear something soon.

  134. THOMAS CARMEN AMICO JR    

    I’m a 84 year old Marine veteran with terminal stage 4 lung and kidney cancer with metastis to lower back,spine and pelvic areas. I’M currently going thru radiation and chemo to try and stabilize the cancer. I was stationed at LEJUENE –court house bay–mainside and Onslow Beach from June 1 1953 thru Jan 30, 1953. I don’t know how munch time I got left, however, I ‘d like to know if I qualify—how and where do I APPLY for any compensation. I ain’t looking for any handouts, just looking for fair treatment—–some payback for the time I spent freezing my ass off in Korea. Judging from the posted comments, about getting results, the (redacted) MARINE CORP HAS NOT CHANGED IN OVER 60 YEARS, I want you folks at VA. to take notice, that if my case is not handled judiciously, I Assure you, I will file complaints with both my Senators, RICHARD BURR AND TOM TILLIS both from NC.
    THOMAS C. AMICO, USMC 1201403

    HIGH POINT, NC. 27265

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Sir, first I want to thank you for your service and tell you how sorry I am that you are going through this. I would urge you to contact your local Veterans service representative, either at the VA or through a Veterans Service Organization like Disabled American Veterans or the VFW to help with your claim. Information on the Camp Lejeune presumption and how to file on your own is at this link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp

      Please include a letter from your doctor explaining your current illnesses and condition. Claims for older Veterans and those with terminal illnesses are processed as a priority.

  135. Carlos Leon Rivera    

    Thank you in advance for your guidance. I was U.S Marine Corps , Entered in January 1966 and I was sent sick on July 1967, with one retired for five years to return later, but they never called me, because I continued sick. I became the full training at Camp Geigel. I was hospitalized for more of 7 months at CAMP LEJEUNE. I get sick for 7-9 months at Camp Lejeune. I get sick from the liver .With nausea, exhaustion and loss of fever and yellow eyes. I have a swollen abdomen with extreme pain if I lay down By not improving, I am sent for Dubin- JohnsonSyndrome stable with Cholangiolitic Hepatitis condition and compensated with 30%. In 1975, lower it to 10% and now to 20%. I have never improved. I already had surgery for prostatic cancer and for the fatty liver I suffer from Diabettes. In addition I have small cysts in the kidneys. The bilirubin is always about 2.6 to 3.00 when the normal range is 0 to .1. I am currently experience a strong arthritis…All day have problems with my health, I am physical and mental deterioration…since 1975 I have been appealing.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’d recommend you work with your local Veterans Service Representative or Veterans Service Organization to file a request for increase for your current rated conditions, and add any new conditions. Since this is an illness that started while you were on active duty it doesn’t have to be related to the illnesses on the Camp Lejeune presumptive list. You should be rated based on your current health. Make sure you include your current medical records and a letter from your doctor if you aren’t being treated at the VA. If this can all be connected back to your illness when you were in the Marines, it will make it easier for the rater when your claim is reviewed. Good luck to you sir.

  136. John w jamison    

    I was aboard Lejune 69-70 for infantry training. I now have prostate cancer and parkinsons. My claim has been in the “gathering of evidence” stage over a year now. VA has all the Drs statements, neurologists, etc, V A has acknowledged my service there, they have acknowledged my exposure to the water, yet I still wait. What else does VA need to move beyond the “gathering of evidence” stage? Parkinsons has ruined my life, why do I continue to wait?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      All of the Camp Lejeune related claims were put on hold until the presumption list was in effect. Those claims are being rated now and you should receive an update soon. Prostate cancer is not on the list of presumptions for Camp Lejeune, however it is on the list for Agent Orange. If you served in Vietnam, you should consider filing the prostate cancer under the Agent Orange presumption.

  137. Andrew Corbin    

    Is Camp Gieger included?

  138. Matt Penny    

    I did my ITS (Infantry Training School, 6 weeks) in 1980 at Camp Geiger and upon returning from Okinawa in November of 1981 was stationed at Camp Lejeune until my honorable discharge in July of 1983, I have tried to file a claim several times and gotten nowhere, I am now and have been receiving chemo treatments every three weeks at the Phoenix VA for stage 4 metastatic melanoma/lymphatic cancer…what are my options on continuing with filing a claim, getting information on what benefits/compensation is available (beyond my VA chemo treatment) and how to access it?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Here is the information on Camp Lejeune with links to filing for disability benefits. Camp Geiger is included in this presumption. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp I would urge you to file for disability benefits. It’s good that your health records are already with the VA. Be sure to add which VA hospital is treating you. You can work with your local VA representative. There may be a benefits representative at the Phoenix VA, or other Veteran Service Officer. When you apply state include a letter from your doctor stating your current medical diagnosis and condition.

  139. Albert R Gomez    

    Do you know of any other bases that were affected by exposure to contaminants in the water supply? I was stationed at K-Bay in Hawaii from 1960-1962 and at Barstow 1962-1964. I have had my left kidney removed due to cancer in 2008.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      At the present time, Camp Lejeune is the only installation with a presumption.

  140. Dale Erwin    

    What if you were at Camp Lejeune from 95 to 99 and have developed early stages of Parkinson’s.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The wells with contaminants in the water were closed in 1985. The timeframe you served at Camp Lejeune was not included in the presumptions.

  141. Ken (Sgt. Mac) McFalls    

    This is great news for all of the deserving and surviving veterans and survivors. Can you tell me if anything has been accomplished towards adding bladder cancer to the presumptive list of agent orange related diseases?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Additional presumptions will be added for Agent Orange based on scientific studies. We will announce any proposed additions through Vantage Point and other media outlets.

  142. Ken (Sgt. Mac) McFalls    

    This is great new for all of the deserving and surviving veterans. Can you tell me if anything has been accomplished towards adding bladder cancer to the presumptive list of agent orange related diseases?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      VA continues to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified related to Agent Orange. If new illnesses are proposed we will report on it through VAntage Point and other media outlets.

  143. Patricia Amshoff    

    My husband and I lived on base for 1 year.I ended up with fertility problem.I got accepted into program.was just wondering about any compensation.I ended up at a the age of 24 with a hysterectomy..This went on for years.Thanks for any advise you can share.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m sorry about what you went through. Unfortunately the VA has no legal authority to provide disability benefits to dependents. However, the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  144. Richard cunnien    

    I was stationed at courthouse Bay the summer of 76 I’ve had an autoimmune disease for 5 years they think it’s lupus I also have vasculitis. I have 8 siblings im the only one that’s been sick. Is it possible it came from the contamination

    1. Donna Stratford    

      This is a great question for your doctor. You can provide this information to your doctor and get his/her opinion.

  145. Juan Castro    

    I was told not service connections for my colon cancer or many other medical problems. Station from 74-77 retired 95 waiting so long to be told that seem that could of been done in 6 months not years . My friend died his kids have lukimia mother in law died Kinney and colon cancer she lived with us for a year . Wife ovary tumor,oldest daughter born there numerous misscarrge. This news came to me on ebenifit on the 13 of march I just received the package today . Wish I could show you pictures as to how I get swollen ankle painful legs rash all over headaches sleep apnea to name a few . Thank you for letting me put this out here .

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry about all of your health issues. The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  146. Charles Davis    

    I had my left kidney removed also. Got billed for my stay in the V.A. hospital. Was told I was going to be turned over to U.S. treasury for collection. Took 5 months to get someone to read my records and see Camp Lejeune was there if they would look

  147. Roger Dye    

    How can the government say that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is covered under this act, but Hodgkin’s lymphoma is not covered? Both of them are caused by the same chemicals.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      While preparing the Camp Lejeune presumptions, the latest scientific evidence and studies were used to find an association between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and any associated illnesses. These studies included the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012), the National Institute of Health’s National Toxicology Program (2014), and four new studies identified by the Institute of Medicine in 2015. VA will continue to review published medical research to see if any new illnesses are identified.

  148. Bryan J Skinner    

    Just wanted to add there were around 200 plus of us that went to sick bay that morning down by the Amtrak area that all had the same conditions .The wells were being shut down as we were there just off to the left where we were stationed B.J.Skinner.

  149. Catherine Goodsett-Wein    

    When may disabled veterans of Camp Lejeune expect financial reparations?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Disability claims are being processed. There are about 7,500 Camp Lejeune claims pending and we are working them.

  150. Milton W Burgess    

    I was at Camp Lejeune and at Camp Geiger. I have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In your earlier publications, this was on the list. I filed a for benefits and it was submitted to the VA but was denied. My representative that I was working with has died and I would like to re-submit a claim through the DAV if this is still part of your investigation or not.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The 2012 Camp Lejeune Act list of illnesses compiled by Congress was not based on scientific studies showing a connection between contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune and a medical diagnosis. The law itself states that. For disability compensation, VA has to show a connection between the exposure during military service and the illness. That is why there are only eight illnesses on the presumptive disability compensation list, and 15 on the healthcare portion. If you have not already applied, I’d recommend signing up for healthcare for treatment of your thyroid cancer. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp Scroll down to the information on the Camp Lejeune Families Act. Veteran’s healthcare is included.

  151. John O. Guillot    

    I filed a claim with the VA for Agent Orange and Camp Lejeune Water I was granted disability for my heart only; I filed an
    appeal for and currently pending. With my case pending for agent orange do I have to refile my claim for Camp Lejeune
    Water.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you filed for a current medical condition that is on the presumptive list, your appeal has been flagged and will be reviewed to determine if it can be decided. You should hear something soon.

  152. Jose Arguelles    

    What about lung cancer , it was one of the disease listed from the beginning and now its gone

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The 2012 Camp Lejeune Act list of illnesses compiled by Congress was not based on scientific studies showing a connection between contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune and a medical diagnosis. The law itself states that. For disability compensation, VA has to show a connection between the exposure during military service and the illness. That is why there are only eight illnesses on the presumptive disability compensation list, and 15 on the healthcare portion. If you have not already applied, I’d recommend signing up for healthcare for treatment of your thyroid cancer. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp Scroll down to the information on the Camp Lejeune Families Act. Veteran’s healthcare is included.

  153. Joseph Benjamin Rhodes    

    I was stationed at Ft Bragg from 1985-1988, but our Company went to Lejeune for training on multiple occasions. I do not know if I still have (or if I ever HAD) orders taking me to Lejeune. How can I obtain proof showing my Company/Battalion participated in training exercises during that period ?

    Is Fort Bragg also being considered as a possible site for the service connection of diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply ?

    J.B. RHODES, MSG (Ret)

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I would recommend contacting the historian at Ft. Bragg, or the unit you were assigned to. They often maintained records for historical purposes on troop movements and what training took place and where. Good luck.

  154. John G. Mennitto    

    In March of last year the IOM submitted to SecVA 4 additional ailments (Parkinson’s like symptoms, hypothyroidism, hypertension and bladder cancer) which showed suggested evidence linking it to the exposure to Agent Orange. This was the 10th and final review in accordance with the Agent Orange Act of 1991. It was expected that the SecVA would finalize this report in August of 2016. Unfortunately it did not happen and now we have a new SecVA. Do you know the current status?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The IOM findings are currently under review. If additional conditions are proposed for inclusion, they will be drafted into new proposed regulations.

  155. William Pyles    

    Let me say you (as did/do veterans) have a difficult job. Thank you for helping the vets!!
    Semper Fi

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Thank you. Most employees at VBA, including me, are Veterans. We work hard to help our fellow Veterans.

  156. James E Reilly    

    I was in Camp Lejeune between 1966 and 1968 encompassing two tours. When I was 50, I did the normal check of my colon, and they found a numerous amount of polyps. A number of them were close to being cancerous but luckily they weren’t. I am 71 now and have to have that checked every 3 years. Also, since my thirty’s, I have developed a massive amount of wort’s all over my body. Over the years it have just gotten worse and worse. Do you think anything like this would be covered?

    James E Reilly
    Cpl, USMC

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Your conditions are not on the list for disability compensation, but it’s worth registering for VA healthcare and getting things checked out. They may have some treatment options. This is a benefit you have earned, so please use it. https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/

  157. Laura Jaworski    

    This would have been great for my father while he was still alive. Too bad he died from leukemia in 2008. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune off and on all through the 70’s. His diagnosis of AML was directly caused by exposure to the benzene in the water supply there.
    Leukemia takes 20-30 years to appear from this exposure. At least my father’s leukemia was highly aggressive and he did not make his 6 month prognosis. Seems to be a fine time to offer this now.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. Please check into the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program to see if this may apply to your situation. The program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  158. Roger Guffey    

    I was stationed there in 1973. I remember the water tasted chemically/funny. Thankfully I don’t have any of the diseases outlined as of yet.

    Is there any consideration to offer a buyout to Marines that served at Camp Lejuene who might choose to absolve the VA of any healthcare responsibilities?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The only benefits offered are healthcare and disability compensation benefits for the conditions listed.

  159. Glenn F Anderson    

    Hi Donna, I injured my right knee (crushed ligaments) during jungle training at Fort Sherman Panama in 1971. I was treated at the base hospital and was not able to complete the training. When I returned to Camp Lejeune I removed the cast myself and didn’t follow up for therapy. My medical records don’t show my treatment at fort Sherman and since I didn’t go to the commissary at Camp Lejeune there is no record of it there. I’m trying to make a claim but don”t have any record of proof. Is there anything you could recommend?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      This is a long shot, but see if you can find the daily reports from the time you were doing the jungle training. Your incident should have been included in either your unit’s record, or the Fort Sherman record. If your old unit still exists, they may have the historical reports. The National Archives is another place to check. You can also use circumstantial evidence – report from your current doctor saying that they see evidence of the old injury, and buddy statements from people that know of the injury.

    2. Donna Stratford    

      Glenn, I had another thought. Check your personnel record and see if there is a mention of you starting the training and not completing it due to injury.

  160. Connie Nieberger    

    I didn’t see a reply to the question about tremors being considered part of Parkinsons. My husband has extreme tremors. He czn no longer even write his name.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      A doctor would have to diagnose if the tremors were a symptom of Parkinson’s. If he is a Veteran, I’d recommend signing up for VA healthcare and getting it checked out. Make sure he mentions that he was stationed at camp Lejeune. To apply, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri between 8 am and 8 pm, EST. or click here to complete the healthcare application online.

  161. Gregory    

    I know this is about the Marines and the water issue at Camp Lejune, but I have a similiar situation that isn’t be taken care of. I was in the Army and stationed at Ft McClellan which has now be deemed that most contaminated area in the states. The EPA had to shut it down due to the amount of contamination at this instillation. The community was able to win a court battle and received almost $100 million in damages to to illnesses to the community. What about the soldiers who were stationed there. They states that since this was a chemical installation soldiers have been living and breathing these contaminates that is in the ground and water. Why hasn’t anything been down about it. Do a search online and read up on it. I was stationed their twice and have ended up with medical condition that were probably contributed by the contamination oat that installation .

    1. Donna Stratford    

      At the present time, Camp Lejeune is the only installation with presumptions. The VA relies on research and studies by outside organizations. Information on Ft. McClellan can be found at the following link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/fort-mcclellan/

  162. James Phillips    

    My Son was stationed at Camp Lejeune from late 1987 to mid 1988. He also participated in Operation Desert Storm (first gulf war) and was stationed in Iraq and Kuwait after the cease fire.He recently had aggressive Prostate Cancer and had it removed. There is no prior Prostrate Cancer in the family. I suspect there is a connection with Camp Lejeune. Does he qualify?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The wells with contaminants were shut down in 1985, so it is unlikely that it came from Camp Lejeune. Also, prostate cancer is not one of the diseases associated with the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune. I checked the Gulf War presumptive list, but prostate cancer is not listed there either. I’d suggest that your son contact a local Veterans Service Representative to review his military service and see if he had an assignment or job that could be connected to his condition. If he can find a connection, he can apply for benefits on a direct basis, providing evidence that his exposure in service could be connected to the cancer.

  163. Nolene Rodriguez    

    It’s Funny How You Reply To Some But Not To All.. This The Second Time I’m Trying To Get An Answer To MY PROBLEM..I Was Station In Camp Lejeune For 3 Years 1974-1977 Upon My Discharge I Was Told At The VA Hospital That I Have A Enlarge Liver And Spleen,And When I Ask If This Has Anything To Do With The Water In Camp Lejeune I Was Told To Wait Until The Final Report Comes Out,The Doctors Did Not Want To Answer This Question..I Feel That The Marine Corps Has Let Me Down And VA Is..NO DOCTOR WANT TO YES THIS HAPPEN BECAUSE OF CAMP LEJEUNE IN FEAR OF LOSING THER JOBS..

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Sorry, I thought I answered your comment. I’m not sure any doctor could say for certain if a condition is related to your service at Camp Lejeune. An enlarged liver and spleen are not on the list of presumptive conditions for disability compensation related to Camp Lejeune. Now that the list of presumptions is in effect, a doctor may be more willing to make a judgment. If they state that it is more likely than not caused by the time you were stationed at Camp Lejeune, I would urge you to apply for disability compensation, not as part of the presumption, but on a direct basis.

  164. John s Gress    

    What is the time line to start receiving disability payments and reimbursement for the thousands of out out pocket expenses.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Veterans have been eligible for VA healthcare and family members were eligible for reimbursement of out of pocket expenses for 15 conditions since 2012 when the Camp Lejeune Act went into effect. The average time for processing VA disability claims is currently 108 days. Additional information on both of these programs can be found here. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp

  165. John s Gress    

    What is the time line to start receiving disability payments and reimbursement for the thousands of out of pocket expenses? I was given a print out from a rep at the American Legion showing if you have one the 8 heath issues, your rating would be 100%, I know it was for leukemia and most others listed.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Ratings are based on your current diagnosis and symptoms, so having one of the conditions does not necessarily mean you would be rated at 100 percent unless you are currently receiving cancer treatment. I would urge you to sign up for VA healthcare and apply for disability if you have one of the eight presumptive conditions.

  166. Edith Bowen    

    Has there been any service connection pensions given to those who suffered as a result of JP4 fuel.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      There is no presumption based on JP4, but if you have a medical condition that can be scientifically linked to working with the fuel, you can apply for benefits on a direct basis. Information on VA Pensions can be found here. http://benefits.va.gov/pension/vetpen.asp

  167. Edith Bowen    

    Has there been any desions on service connected pensions for the veterans who have suffered disease from JP4 and other fuel contaminates?

  168. HENDERSON CUMMINS    

    I was station at Camp Lejeune from 1972 until 1974 had colon cancer and had part of my colon remove.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Colon cancer is not on the list of presumptive conditions for Camp Lejeune. The scientific studies did not find a connection between the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune and colon cancer.

  169. Rene Page    

    ok this is great but i was stationed at Fort McClellan in 1982 from jan to june and we were exposed to several different things PCB’s Agent orange nerve gases and other things like vx but to this day the goverment still denies any of it i have been sick for quit a few years and there is many others like this and nothing is being done there has been several bills in congress since 2102 HR 2052 and others but still nothing i have contacted congress woman and senators and you know what ot even one reply so i ask why and i realy demand an answer please before i am dead of cancer

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The VA relies on research and studies by outside organizations. Information on Ft. McClellan can be found at the following link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/fort-mcclellan/ VA does not have any presumptive conditions related to service at Ft. McClellan.

  170. Earl P Geissler    

    I was at Lejuene from 1963 to 1967 developed bladder cancer in 1991 and had it removed the next year.
    I filed a claim in 2014 and have been denied twice and am on my second appeal.
    Do I have to file a new claim because of the new law? Or will I be able to use the first claim?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      You shouldn’t have to file anything else. The Camp Lejeune appeals have been flagged for review and if supported by the evidence, they can decided based on the new presumptions. You should hear something soon.

  171. Richeson Chappelle    

    I just don’t get it with VA….I have problems with both my feet due to flat feet and bunions from running in combat boots but the VA will only approve (1) foot for 10% disability. WHAT ABOUT MY OTHER FOOT????????

    1. Donna Stratford    

      There should have been an explanation in your letter from the VA. If the letter doesn’t mention the other foot, file a notice of disagreement and ask if they forgot to rate the second foot.

  172. Debbie Lincoln    

    If the veteran had already filed a claim for the Camp Lejuene water contamination, having suffered from one of these diseases, and documentation shows a high probability that it is related to the water and the claim had been denied and is now in appeals, what is this new finding saying? This particular claim was filed over 4 years ago. If it is now approved in the appeals process does the claim start from date of original application, or from March 14th 2017?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      It’s difficult to answer this question because each case is different and decided on the evidence related to each claim. Based on the facts of your case, it is possible that you could be granted on a direct basis as early as the date the original claim was filed, or March 14, 2017, the date the presumption became effective.

  173. ashley trace    

    I was at French Creek for about a year (81/82). Is this also part of the impacted area?

    Thank you

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Yes. The French Creek area is included.

  174. Jerome C. Cicoli    

    I was stationed their from 1960-1962 before going overseas where i was treated for Gum & tooth decay. Are there any claims or comp. for dental work???

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Sorry, there is no compensation for dental work.

  175. Richard J Wong , L/CPL USMC ,ret    

    I lost my left kidney due to Agent Orange. I was also at Camp Lejeune/Camp Gieger for ITR and combat infantry training after graduation from Parris Island. My kidney cancer is a presumptive disease related to the water contamination issue, I am positive. I have a claim in process and have not heard. I am receiving disability from VA for Agent Orange presumptive issues. Thanks!

    1. Donna Stratford    

      It’s likely that your claim was put on hold pending the implementation of the Camp Lejeune presumption. You can check your claim status in eBenefits. Since these claims are now being processed, you should receive an update soon.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you are referring to Ord’s thyroid disease, it is not on the list of presumptive conditions related to Camp Lejeune.

  176. Jerry E    

    I too would like to know if essential tremors is related to Parkinson.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      This is a good question for your doctor. He/she can make that diagnosis.

  177. James H. Hieronymus    

    I was stationed at Camp Geiger in 1965 for infantry training for 30 day. Before my unit was assigned training, my unit was given mess duty for thirty (30) days. That made my stay at Camp Geiger sixty (60) days. I had Kidney cancer. I had to have part of my left kidney removed. I have made a claim with the VA in 2016. Do you have any idea when I will be contacted by the VA on my claim, and what rating I might get. I am also required to have a Cat scan each year to made sure I don”t have any more Cancer. So far I am clear. Thanks for your help.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      All of the Camp Lejeune claims were put on hold waiting for the presumptions to go into effect. The claims are being rated now and you should get an update soon. Since claims are decided based on the Veteran’s current condition, it’s difficult to say what your rating might be. This link shows the rating schedule for kidneys. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4.115b

  178. James H. Hieronymus    

    I was stationed at Camp Geiger in 1965. Infantry training was 30 (30) days. Before my unit stated training, my unit was assigned mess duty for thirty (30) days. That made my stay at Camp Geiger sixty (60) days. I had Kidney Cancer in 2015. I had to have part of y left Kidney removed. I made a claim with the VA in 2016, and would like to know when I might hear from the VA on my claim, and at what rating I might get. Thanks for your help

    1. Donna Stratford    

      It’s difficult to answer this question because each case is different and decided on the evidence related to each claim. Based on the facts of your case, it is possible that you could be granted on a direct basis as early as the date the original claim was filed, or March 14, 2017, the date the presumption became effective.

  179. WILLIAM SCOTT SCHEIBLE    

    I FILED A CLAIM 2 YEARS AGO BECAUSE I LOST A KIDNEY. I SENT WITH MY CLAIM PRROF I WAS AT LEJEUNE DURING THE SPECIF PERIOD. HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I AN ONE THEY ARE LOOKING AT FOR COMPENSATION?
    THANK YOU

    1. Donna Stratford    

      It’s likely that your claim was put on hold pending the implementation of the Camp Lejeune presumption. You can check your claim status in eBenefits. Since these claims are now being processed, you should receive an update soon.

  180. John Johnson    

    I was born in Camp Lejeune Hospital Aug 5 1967 and I recently had my kidney removed because of kidney cancer. Who is responsible for the families of the marines that lived on the base?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  181. Cody Whitaker    

    Just be aware:
    The VA established presumption for Gulf War related illnesses in 2014, calling it Chronic Multi-symptom Illness. Meeting all of the criteria and having all of my medial history, I filed my claim immediately after hearing of the presumption. This has been going on for nearly 3 years. The VBA is yet to resolve my case, despite congressional and senatorial involvement into their needless delays.

    The tactic appears to be to mis-classify your request by stating you didn’t request evaluation under the correct program. The VBA stated that I requested evaluation under “Gulf War Syndrome,” which I DID NOT. Further, instead of the VBA evaluating my claim as a “cluster of symptoms,” it is evaluating them as individual singular conditions. Which of course, distributes the various illnesses into innumerable bureaucratic offices for “evaluation.”

    So, I hope the VBA doesn’t treat the Camp LeJeune illnesses in the same manner it has handled Agent Orange and Gulf War Veterans. Most of the Veterans and their immediate families might be dead or forgotten, or both if that’s the case.

    Cody Whitaker
    USMC/USA Retired

  182. Audra    

    No esophageal cancer on this list? Wasn’t that originally on the list of conditions originally associated with tainted water at Camp Lejeune? My dad (who passed 3 years ago in August) was exposed to the tainted water at Camp Lejeune and Agent Orange in Vietnam. Still waiting on all his appeals.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I know it’s confusing, but the 2012 list compiled by Congress was not based on scientific studies showing a connection between contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune and a medical diagnosis. The law itself states that. For disability compensation, VA has to show a connection between the exposure during military service and the illness. That is why there are only eight illnesses on the presumptive disability compensation list. Esophageal cancer is not on the list for either the Camp Lejeune or Agent Orange presumptives. What that means is that based on scientific research, there is no association between the contaminants of concern and esophageal cancer.

  183. Charles Mingrone    

    I was stationed at Camp Johnson for several months in 1976. In 2008 I had left kidney cancer. My intestines and bladder were also affected. The 8/12 hour operation caused my right paraspinal muscle to atrophy. This ended my career as a volunteer firefighter / EMT. I am in constant pain. What would my next step be. Thank you for your prompt reply. Semper Fi.

    1. MH8H    

      My sister and I (twins) were born at Camp Lejune in 1961as also my brother in 1967. My brother died in a tragic automobile accident. We lived in Twawa Terrace both one and two for 6 years before my parents bought a house in Jacksonville. My dad was a retired Capt in the Marines, since passed of Larynx CA and my mom also a Marine stationed at Camp Lejune for 3 years. She is just in remission for esophageal CA. So as of now, my sister and I haven’t had any main issues, but if we do, you bet I am coming after the VA. I am a registered nurse of 38 years and I don’t play games. I work with another Veteran nurse who made an appointment 6 months ago due to being sick. His appointment is finally this month. This is sick, let them go where they want to and pay. The VA can’t keep up obviously. Go Trump! We also lived at Camp Pendleton, Cherry Point, and Camp Geiger.

      1. Donna Stratford    

        I’m sorry to hear about your parent’s medical issues. In the event you or your sister have any medical issues, here is some information on the Camp Lejeune family program. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp Scroll down to get to the family information. I’m sorry your friend had to wait so long for an appointment. We have had the VA Choice Program in effect since 2014, which allows Veterans to see a local doctor if they either live too far from a VA clinic or hospital, or it will take longer than 30 days to get an appointment. Please pass this information on to your friend if he has this problem again. http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/

    2. Donna Stratford    

      Charles, I’m sorry to hear about your medical issues. I would recommend applying for disability benefits related to the kidney cancer, as well as any current medical conditions suffered as a result of that cancer. For example, atrophy of the right paraspinal muscle would be secondary to the kidney cancer. If you have any current intestinal or bladder issues related to the kidney cancer, they would also be secondary. Make sure you have copies of all of those records including your current diagnosis to submit with your claim. A letter from your doctor connecting all of those conditions to the kidney cancer will lead to a speedier decision. Don’t make the rater figure it out on their own. You should also include your statement explaining the situation and how it impacts your current health. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for VA healthcare by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri between 8 am and 8 pm, EST. or click here to complete the healthcare application online. You can apply for disability benefits online using eBenefits. State in block 13 of your application that you are filing for one of the presumed Camp Lejeune illnesses.
      More information on filing for disability is at this link. http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/

  184. Brian O'Neil    

    I’ve been listed for many years on the Camp Lejeune contaminated water, last year I filed a claim for many issues I believe have caused my problems. stage 4 kidney failure, Mental issues, Knee replacement, Severe sleep apnea. It be came law on 3/7/2017. I pray that all veterans have been informed

  185. James Nicholas    

    Are civilian dependants that lived in base housing covered ?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  186. Karl Richmond    

    Where can one find the data Analysis of the contamination levels during the period mentioned for compensation and after such said time frame in comparison to the normal levels of which water is intended to be considered non-contaminated? If the evidence is out there do we not have the right to see it?
    I myself have several of the medical conditions mentioned from the contaminated water. However, I served at Camp Lejune after the dates of which are covered to be considered eligible for benefits from contamination.
    Please advise of any such information at your earliest convenience.
    Respectfully,
    K. Richmond

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The Camp Lejeune Administrative Record provides information on the historical data as well as current water, groundwater, and soil testing. This link provides an overview with connections to the reports. http://www.lejeune.marines.mil/SDZ/Information.aspx This is very technical material, but the executive summaries are usually reader friendly and informative.

  187. Raymond Cummings    

    I was at Montfort Point during 1963 and into 1964 but have not contracted any of the noted diseases, does this mean my existing VA coverage no longer exists???
    Ray Cummings

    1. Donna Stratford    

      You would still be able to take advantage of VA healthcare and any other benefits you are entitled to. You just can’t get VA disability compensation related to contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune unless you have one of the eight conditions. Disability compensation related to other service connected conditions is not impacted.

  188. David Seekell    

    i have been going to the va for help since hearing about this and receiving letters in the mail from hq marine corp and dept of navy, i brought the letters with me to the va,because i am always asked why am i so sick, i am to young to have been exposed to agent orange, by he med staff at the hospital, so i show them my letters and the va employees ask me if i manufactured those letters on the computer or on the internet, we have not heard anything about the water at camp lejeune i am being treated for gal bladder issues, liver issues, spinal pain and leg pain, loose of all my teeth at 40 years old, even after regular visits for cleaning and care i have been asking for help for years and have been ignored and or accused of making exposure up

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m sorry you are having these medical problems. I’m also sorry that the VA medical staff was unaware of the Camp Lejeune issue. We have been doing more notifications, so hopefully they will be better informed.

  189. Wallace graybill    

    Don’t get hopes up. Presumptive statutes also exist for radiation exposure. Even tho documented, no benefits given. Except for one death whose case went to the top. Badges measuring radiation were “lost”. My denials were inconsistent with statute saying my service record showed no such disease, when plainly the “presumptive ” statute says the disease “counts” only if it became active 5 years after exposure. ..
    These claims get rubber stamp denial, not investigation.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’d recommend filing a notice of disagreement and include the statement from your letter saying that your service record showed no disease in service, and the wording of the presumptive saying the disease has to become active at least 5 years after exposure.

  190. Sarah J. Kamsch    

    Good Luck and God Bless to all who served!! Thank you for your service!!

  191. Brian J Mickelson    

    I was a corpsman with 6th Marine Reg for 2 1/2 years from 1974-1976. I got Parkinson’s, was first told not Parkinson’s but medication related. Neuro doc at va didn’t believe it so he did $$$$$$ worth of tests and sure enough I got it. Put a claim back in July of 2015. Then when I would go for an examination for this or that they would say have you been in contact with agent orange (?), no, oh ok. Wonder why they would ask? I have, lipomas all over, maybe 75 or so, (little fatty tumors), thyorid disease, asthma, Gerd, diabetes and of course head problems too). Well I am glad its getting taken care of finally and hope anybody else who is affected gets help….and those that aren’t lets pray you don’t get sick…. Doc Semper Fi

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m glad you are being taken care of and have filed your claim for disability related to the Parkinson’s. They are asking about Agent Orange because some of your conditions are on the presumptive list for Agent Orange. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp If you were in Vietnam, I’d urge you to review the list and file a claim for any conditions you have that are on the list.

  192. Dennis Royster    

    This is BS it says wrong code and erases my comment

  193. theresa wren    

    My dad served in the Marines and was at Camp LeJeune during this time frame. He suffered many years from Parkinson’s Disease (a dreadful disease). He just passed away from this disease on March 2, 2017. He left behind medical bills and nursing home care bills that remain unpaid. How do I claim a benefit to pay these bills?

    Thank you.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Theresa, I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I’m checking on this and will get back to you with an answer.

  194. Sandra Scrivner    

    My husband was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 2-22-63 to 2-22-66. Passed away in August of 2015 from Kidney Cancer. I have been trying to get compensation from the VA for his funeral expenses and other expenses and to this date I have not had any kind of reply from anyone on my claims. What do I need to do to get this taken care of.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Mrs. Scriver, I’m sorry about your husband’s passing. I’m checking on this for you.

  195. Ramon Moreno    

    I was diagonised with Multiple Myeloma in 2005 gone thru alot of rounds of chem and radiation. I have to take a CHem Pill (Revilmd) for the test of my life. I did go to VA to file a claim since I did put in 21 years in the Army and retired in October
    1998. I got my in Basic training from the Water. The VA wants me I had to prove it. I served my countrt for 21 years and that was the response I got from the civilian VA Représentons. I don’t really incertains.. I was also in during Vietnam. With them spraying Agent Orange on us and the Enemy. I have nueraphy in my Feet and hands, plus other health problems. I’d like an answer from them , why can’t I get a simple answer, is it covered by disabiliy which I know it’s covered . You say it’s covered, than why does it take a long time to get a rating. I guess I’ll be dead. Thank you very much.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you are not already being seen by the VA, I’d recommend signing up for VA health care. They can treat you and this also creates a VA medical record showing that you have the condition. Information for filing a claim, as well as signing up for health care can be found at this link. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp
      Both multiple myeloma and peripheral neuropathy (must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure) are included in the presumptives for Agent Orange. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp
      Multiple myeloma is also in the presumptives for Camp Lejeune. You can work with your local Veterans Service Organization or VA representative to help with the claim process. A VA representative can look at your claim and explain why it was denied. Since the presumptive for Camp Lejeune is new, you may have to file a new claim if your previous one was denied.

  196. BABAUTA, BACH TUYET & JESUS S.    

    My husband have served for more than 20 years in the military,1953 -1955 in the Army and 1955-1973 in the Air Force . I don’t know where or which Base he’s station at that time.. I only know when he station in Viet Nam on Sept 1966- May 1970 and June 1-1971- Jan 8,1973.. Had Heart attack in 1991, medevac from Guam Naval Hospital to Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Honolulu HI. Cardiology Doctor said that the wall of his heart is 100% clots and they can’t do the surgery.. and had 1st Heart Stent 1993, in Jun 2010 Catherization and had 2nd Heart Stent in Aug 10, 2010 & Dec 2010 after Christmas , ER for Urinate Blood.. Urology Doctor did biopsy and said my husband had Bladder Cancer.. Hospitalize on Jan 2011 couple weeks, more than 7 pints of Blood transfusion.. Feb 14, 2011 on Valentine’ Day the Doctor called, need to come in for UTI treatment before the Surgery on Feb 16,2011 and that’s the day the surgeon remove my husband’ Bladder.. and now I saw in the US Department V A. VA’s rule establishes a presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune.. ( establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are effective as of today.) and now I Just Wonder for all those years in the Service How did my Husband got Bladder Cancer?? and the VA just rule out the news for ( to reimburse family members, or pay providers, for medical expenses for those who resided there for not fewer than 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 ) and to continue about The Heart Problem on Sept 14, 2015 at ER for Chest Pain and several days later Cardiology Doctor decided Cadiac Cath in lieu of Open Heart Surgery.. the Doctor said can’t have anymore Heart Stent.. Can’t Open Heart Surgery either .. cause it’ll be Risk…The Agent Orange cause Heart Disease.. Had Heart Disease from 1991-2010 for 19 years and until end of Oct 2010 the VA started the Compensate to the Veteran that have Heart Disease..( and my 100% Disability Veteran got Compensate only from Aug 2010- Sept 24,2016 ) and now my Husband went home with The Lord !! Why the Department of VA took so long to Approve?? I think that’s not right for The Department of VA Treated my & all other Veteran that way cause most of The Veteran gone before even get their Compensate..

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  197. Andy L. Sherrer    

    What does 100% disability mean in terms of $$$$?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      For just a Veteran, the rate is $2,915.55; a Veterans and spouse is $3,078.11 per month at the 100 percent rate. Here is a link to the chart. http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/resources_comp01.asp

  198. Debra Stetson    

    My husband was diagnosed with liver disease as well as a blood disorder and received an urgent Liver Transplant almost 7 years ago. He was lucky to survive. Having no family history if either, there has always been question as to the cause of his illness. Lloyd was stationed at Camp Lajeune for about Six weeks during 1964 and subsequently served two tours in Vietnam Nam. He was honorably discharged in 1968. I am wondering about your thoughts on how the water at Camp Lajeune and subsequent exposures in Vietnam Nam may have been a factor in his current illness.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      I’m not a doctor, so my opinion doesn’t mean much. I’d recommend you talk to your doctor for an opinion. If he/she thinks it could be related to either exposure at Camp Lejeune or Agent Orange, I’d urge you to file a claim with the medical opinion. Here is a list of Agent Orange presumptives https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp; and Camp Lejeune presumptives http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp. If you husband has any of these conditions, I’d urge him to apply for disability.

  199. c9HF    

    Keep fighting guys and girls or have someone do it for you! You deserve to be compensated! Simper Fi!

  200. David S. Althaus    

    My wife was a Navy Nurse stationed at Lejeune from August, 1973 through December, 1974. She had Esophageal Cancer at age 40, with no known other risk factors (No drinking, smoking, HPV, etc). The cancer was cured, but the residual damage from the radiation to her head and neck is severe. She has no saliva. She cannot taste. She has difficulty swallowing. Her teeth are heavily damaged.

    Esophageal Cancer was initially included in the list of covered diseases, but the revised list excluded it. Does this new exclusion mean that she cannot go forward with her claim for disability compensation and medical/dental treatment?

    Thank you.
    Semper Fi.

    Dave Althaus

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The 2012 list compiled by Congress was not based on scientific studies showing a connection between contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune and a medical diagnosis. The law itself states that. For disability compensation, VA has to show a connection between the exposure during military service and the illness. That is why there are only eight illnesses on the presumptive disability compensation list. Since it is on the 2012 list, she is eligible for VA healthcare related to esophageal cancer. The link below the blog provides information on the application process for VA healthcare. She can still file a claim for disability on a direct basis, but would have to provide medical or scientific evidence of how it her cancer was connected to military service.

  201. Siddiqah Henighan    

    I am looking forward to see Fort McClean Alabama, on the water contamination service connection services. The base was the first WAC, CHEMICAL Training School, and mine Basic Training home of MP and Infantry.

  202. john kearney    

    what about air force veterans who were stationerd at bases that the water was contaminated,norton afb is on the super fund clean up list so are a lof or other bases

    1. Donna Stratford    

      John, I was also stationed at Norton. Go Air Force! At the present time, the only installation with presumptives is Camp Lejeune.

  203. Marc Levesque    

    I respect the VA for considerations involving active Marines at the locations and admitting responsibility for SOME of the illnesses associated; but what about the FAMILIES of the Marines who HAD to be there and who grew up and went to school on those bases in the 50s/60s? We really served also. What about the DDT fogs that we lived in during every night of the summer? Kids would follow the fog trucks at night because of the sweet smell. Responsibility?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      The Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 provides reimbursement of health care costs related to 15 conditions for family members who lived on base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Information on what conditions are covered and how to apply can be found at this link. https://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov/

  204. Ronald Seale    

    I was att Lejeune 1966to1968 for 140 days while
    In the reservres for 4 years I reenlisted in the
    11th Special Forces for 3 3 years active duty
    serving in 2 war zones I am rated 90% for
    hearing and have been diagnosed with parkinson s
    Mull level degenerative disease stroke and many
    other Lejeune issues Today I. received 2 denials
    from a dro in ro 327. stating I was not eligble for
    Lejeune comp though my Parkinsons is. presumptive because when. I was Lejeune I
    was a reservist This denial was dtd 2 days after
    the new took effect I dont know what to say
    anymore

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Review the letter you received for an explanation of the denial. It could have been as simple as they couldn’t confirm from military records that you were at Camp Lejeune at that time, or you didn’t submit medical records showing your current diagnosis. Whatever they are looking for, provide it within 60 days. There should be instructions with your letter. If it stated that you didn’t receive it because you were a reservist, then reference the rule. It is unusual to give Veteran status to reservists, and the person that rated your claim may not have been aware that Guard and reservist members were included. I hope this helps. http://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/13/2017-00499/diseases-associated-with-exposure-to-contaminants-in-the-water-supply-at-camp-Lejeune

  205. Willard W. Hunter    

    If anemia is on this list why isn’t it for those of us that drank the water in Vietnam that was laced with agent orange ?

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Agent Orange had different chemical components than the contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune. The presumptions are based on what chemicals people were exposed to.

  206. SAMUEL J. MARTIN    

    How do I get the test for Parkinsons Disease. Presently I am not qualified for VA since I make more than $33,000/yr, I can’t write checks due to the shaking. I was at LeJeune 1956(Dec) till around March of 1957. Please advise.

    Samuel J. Martin

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If you have a service connected condition, you can get care for that condition at VA medical centers and clinics regardless of your income. To register for VA healthcare call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri between 8 am and 8 pm, EST. or click here to complete the healthcare application online. Be sure to tell them you were at Camp Lejeune during the presumptive window and that you want to be evaluated for Parkinson’s. They will probably ask you some questions about your current symptoms.

    1. Donna Stratford    

      This link has information on how to file for disability benefits and VA healthcare related to Camp Lejeune. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp

  207. Harry Thomas    

    Was Camp Lejeune the ONLY CONUS base that had these chemicals in the drinking water? Seems odd that only ONE (local area satellites) military base is affected?? Thanks

    1. Donna Stratford    

      No. There were many installations with contaminants in the water. Camp Lejeune is the only installation with a presumption associated with that exposure.

  208. Robert Johnson    

    Donna Stratford I have all ready had 2 surgeries for my kidney cancer and now it looks like another is coming . What i am most concerned with is the % of disability that the VA gives to us for this type of disability . Is there any way for me to get an idea of what to expect . I’d like to know if there was any thing to happen to me what my wife can expect . Thank You !

    1. Donna Stratford    

      Great question. Here is a link to the Code of Federal Regulations showing how kidney issues are rated. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4.115b The left column shows the symptoms and the right column shows the associated rating percentage.

  209. Devona W. Cherry    

    My husband passed away on May 11, 2003 from Parkinson’s Disease. No family history of the disease. He was a Montford Point Marine and was at Camp Lejeune on more than one occasion during his 20 year military career. I was not married to him during that time but he and I were together the last 17 years of his life. I have a copy of his death certificate that states the cause of death as Parkinson’s Disease. Can I file a claim on his behalf?

    1. Robert Johnson    

      You can file on his behalf if i’m understanding it right, check with your local VFW they have trained people who will help you with what you need and help you file it.

    2. Donna Stratford    

      I am sorry for your loss. The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides benefits to survivors of a military member who died on active duty, or passed from a service related injury or disease. More information on this program is at the following link. http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/va_help_surviving_spouse.htm

  210. Robi Akerley-McKee    

    OK Agent Orange is presumetive, Camp Lejeune water is presumetive. I workd on an indoor firing range. ALL my problems are usually attribited to Lead Exposure (VA Happy Words for Lead Poisoning). I have been on REMAND for over 8 1/2 years. This is NOT right! I screwed up and didn’t file for tiniutis earlier, becuase I ‘heard’ the VA was being very stingy with ratings… for crying out loud! 7 years and the firing range training M-60, M2HB, 81mm mortar, M-870 shotgun, and M16 using 5.56 nato and .22lr adapters (more 5.56 full bore). How do I NOT have tiniutis? As instructors we had to open out mouths to talk… no hearing protection in the mouth. You ever hear of escucheon tubes? Straight through hole from you mouth to the INNER ear, bypassing eardrum and ear bones. Straight shock to the Cochelear membranes. Yes my spelling is awful. I have documents kidney damage going back 20 years, it took I don’t know how many trips to get GOUT diagnosed, it took a doctor that lived in england to reconize it. So anxiety, kidney damage, gout, GERD, hypertension — ALL CLASSIC lead poisoning symptoms. So how the heck have I been in remand for over 8 years? This is TWO trips to BVA so far. Air Force Red Hat 83-90

    1. Donna Stratford    

      If the Board remands your appeal, the judge will lay out clear steps which the regional office must complete before issuing another decision on your appeal. After completing the required steps, the regional office will make a new decision that either continues the prior decision or grants your appeal. I can’t imagine why it would take this long to get the information unless they are waiting for test results or historical records. If you haven’t filed for tinnitus yet, file a new claim. With your job in service, it should be fairly automatic.

  211. Brian Johnston    

    Published by “National Institute Of Health, U.S. National Library Of Medicine, The National Center for Biotechnology Information”

    From “Review of VA Clinical Guidance for the Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation.”

    “OTHER HEALTH OUTCOMES”
    “Cancer and Neoplastic Diagnoses”
    “The guidance and algorithm do not address whether precancerous lesions of the eight cancers and myelodysplastic syndromes (such as … monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance) are also covered. VA has indicated that it plans to cover precancerous lesions, and the committee finds this approach to be reasonable.”
    “The committee recommends that VA clearly address precancerous lesions in the clinical guidance and in the core algorithm.”

    What has or will the VA do to address my diagnosed MGUS?