Camp Lejeune Exposures

In the early 1980’s two wells were found to be contaminated at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The contaminants were trichloroethylense (TCE), and metal greaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent, and vinyl chloride, as well as benzene and other compounds. The contaminants were in the water supply from the mid 1950’s until February 1985 when the wells were shut down.

The VA has established presumptive service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeuen, N.C. Anyone who served at Camp Lejeuene or MACAS New River, N.C. for a minimum of 30 days from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 may be eligible for disability benefits.

The presumptive diseases 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

If you served at Camp Lejeuene during the mentioned dates and have one of the listed illnesses, please contact the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kankakaee County to make an appointment. 815-937-8489.

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