Veterans Affairs

From the late 1950s to the 1980s, Marines and their families serving at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to contaminated drinking water. On August 6, 2012 President Obama signed into law the “honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families act of 2012. For veterans who served at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 the law provides VA health care for 15 medical conditions including: Bladder Cancer, Breast cancer, Esoph-ageal cancer, Female infertili-ty, Hepatic steatosis, kidney cancer, Leukemia, Lung can-cer, Miscarriage, multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic syndromes, Neurobehavorial effects, Non-Hodgkins Lym-phoma, Renal Toxisity and Scleroderma.

To be eligible for care under this law, the Veteran must have served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for not fewer than 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987. Veterans, who are eli-gible, regardless of current enrollment status at the VA, will not be charged a co-payment for health care.

Once regulations are in place, family members will need documentation that the Ser-vice member was stationed at Lejeune for at least 30 days and will have to provide a marriage license or birth cer-tificate and proof of residency at Camp Lejeune for no fewer than 30 days and must have copies of orders and housing base records.

VA will be the final payer for health care related to the ill-nesses listed after payment has been made by your health insurance plan, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE. It is strongly urged that a Veteran not change current health in-surance because this could put family members at risk.

Please keep all our veterans in your prayers. God Bless