• 31 Jul 2018 12:29 PM | Anonymous

    Click here to read the Federal Register rule on Payment or Reimbursement for Certain Medical Expenses for Camp Lejeune Family Members

    Click here to read the Federal Register rule on Hospital Care and Medical Services for Camp Lejeune Veterans

    Governor Releases Statement on Senate Bill 574

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the signing of Senate Bill 574:  “This solution is a testament to our ability in state government to work together in a bipartisan manner to respond swiftly to citizens’ needs,” said Governor McCrory. “I would like to thank the members of the General Assembly for taking quick action to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.”

    Senate Bill 574, which passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate, provided clarification to certain state laws addressing groundwater contamination lawsuits. The legislation was passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger. Without the new legislation, the ruling could have resulted in the dismissal of certain groundwater contamination suits.

    To read the North Carolina bill in its entirety click here.  

    For a complete chronological summary click here.

    CMC published a letter expressing his concerns and addressing the actions to be taken by the Marine Corps on this issue. To view the letter click here.

    CDC Confirms Cancer & Camp Lejeune Water linked! 07Jun13

    A longawaited study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a link between tainted tap water at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.  For the full story click HERE

    Marine Corps’ full response to NBC News regarding water contamination at Camp Lejeune  21 Feb 2013

    In the early 1980s, Camp Lejeune began to test drinking water for trihalomethanes (THMs) because of new regulations that had been announced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for those chemicals in November of 1979. Monitoring was required by November 1982 and compliance by November 1983. THMs are chemicals that are created when water is treated with chlorine. While these initial tests for THMs were being conducted, other chemicals, unidentified at the time, were sometimes interfering with the results.  For full interview click here. 



    For all those that were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the time period in question, it is recommended by the Marine Corps to register, click here to begin.

    Contact the VA for Reimbursement

    VA will be able to reimburse Veterans’ family members for eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses for 15 health conditions after we publish regulations. Prepare in 3 steps:

    1. Call 1-877-222-8387 to be added to VA’s Camp Lejeune database.
    2. Gather documents showing your relationship to a Veteran who served at Camp Lejeune and that you lived on base for 30 days or more between 1957-87.
    3. Keep receipts for health care expenses you paid for a covered condition on or after March 26, 2013.
    Public Health Information

    Visit to learn about other military exposures and VA benefits.

    New health benefits

    Under a law signed Aug. 6, 2012 (215 KB, PDF), Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 1957 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be eligible for VA medical care.

    Compensation benefits

    The new law applies to health care, not disability compensation. At this time, there is insufficient scientific and clinical evidence to establish a presumptive association between service at Camp Lejeune during the period of water contamination and the development of certain diseases. VA is closely monitoring new research. VA representatives regularly attend the quarterly Community Action Panel meetings hosted by The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis. File a claim online For the full details click here.

    Links for all the CLNC Water info: (for background) (a valuable proponent website)  (the VA slice)  (The USMC slice) (The toxic substance survey)

    Members who think they may have been effected should be encouraged to join the registry, participate in the surveys, and stay informed about the issue.

  • 31 Jul 2018 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    In the early 1980s at the Marine Corps Base in Lejeune, NC, it was discovered that two on-base water-supply systems were contaminated with the volatile organic compounds trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent. Benzene, vinyl chloride, and other compounds were also found to be contaminating the water-supply systems. For the full link click here.

    Many of the members of the MCRA have been stationed during their career at Camp Lejeune. As such, this issue is one that the MCRA is following closely and has been advocating on Capitol Hill for many years. Much progress has been made, but there is much work remaining. We will continue to follow this issue for as long as it remains. We will strive to keep the membership informed of all news on this issue. The Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register to receive notifications regarding this matter. In addition, the Department of the Navy is funding independent research initiatives.

    The MCRA will continue to keep this as a priority for the Association and push information as it becomes available to the membership. Keeping in step with our mission to remain faithful to all those that have served.

    I have found a law firm The Bell Legal Group that specializes in representing those that were victimized.  The best part is this site does an exceptional job with keeping up with information that has impacted so many!  


    Marines who served at Camp Lejeune but can't get VA healthcare

    More studies in the works on Camp Lejeune toxic water victims

    More studies in the works on Camp Lejeune toxic water victims

    Third study confirms harmful effects of water at Camp Lejeune

    Esminger reflects on passage of bill to help victims

    NC House backs Lejeune victims

    “It has been almost three years since Congress passed the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. In that time, the CDC has released four studies showing that these Camp Lejeune families have a higher risk of certain cancers and a higher mortality rate.  Yet the VA continues to drag its feet and disagree with the government's leading scientists. It's unconscionable that only 10 percent of these sick veterans have gotten disability benefits. If the VA won't listen to the law or to scientists, what's it going to take?"  -Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

  • 31 Jul 2018 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Carol Smith Davis grew up in Jacksonville and on Camp Lejeune. Davis remembers spending almost every day of every summer at the pool when she was young. It was fun and there wasn’t much else to do in the area during the 60s and 70s, she said.But even as a child she had problems. Davis has had issues with her immune system all her life in addition to tumors in both of her breasts. Because of this, she had doctor recommended breast exams twice a year.

    Karol Smith Davis is a breast cancer survivor. Although she still has pain, she is grateful to be alive and that she is able to help others in the community through her nonprofit.

    In January of 2011, Davis went to her exam and everything was fine. But by her next exam in October, there was a problem. “They told me that I had several things they were concerned about,” she said. After several biopsies it was discovered that Davis had three carcinomas in her left breast and six in her right. She had Stage 3 invasive breast cancer.

    By the end of November, the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. Davis had eight of her lymph nodes removed as well as a mastectomy. She had surgery on her birthday -- Feb. 3, 2012.  Cancer affected her life in many ways, Davis said. There were medical issues caused by treatment, especially since she already had a compromised immune system, in addition to the emotional and financial stress added to her and her family. There are many things that aren’t talked about when it comes to living beyond cancer, she said. The list side effects caused by treatment is long, but some things, like having to take pills every day for the following years, losing your eyelashes as well as your hair, loss of libido and vaginal dryness don’t always make it into the conversation.  “What people don’t tell you about living with breast cancer is that there are so many other things, residual things, that go along with it,” she said.  Davis suffers from lymphedema since her lymph nodes were removed. The flow of lymph, fluid that circulates throughout the body to remove waste from tissues, gets backed-up in her arm, causing extreme swelling and pain. In order to keep it manageable, Davis must wear a compression sleeve on the affected arm -- the right arm, her dominant arm.

    “I have to wear mine everyday for the rest of my life otherwise my arm just balloons. It gets so big sometimes I can barely lift it,” she said. The sleeves, like many other items meant to help with quality of life, are not covered by her insurance.  Davis is happy to have a caring and loving husband, she said.  “He’s a kind man and just loves me,” she said. Davis decided not to have reconstructive surgery on her breasts, lives with an enlarged arm and other issues caused by cancer and its treatment. And her husband has stuck by her, she said. Davis also has a good support system in her children and her friends, she said. Davis and her friends get together and keep each other encouraged, she said.

  • 31 Jul 2018 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    As part of VA's ongoing commitment to provide care to veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  This process is in addition to the healthcare VA already provides for 15 conditions to eligible veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 as a result of the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. VA also provides reimbursement of healthcare expenses for those 15 conditions to eligible family members who resided at Camp Lejeune during that time period. To read rest of the article click VA MCB CL 0CT.pdf.

  • 31 Jul 2018 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    An exclusive NY1 investigation revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs denies 89 percent of disability claims where there is "evidence of an association with the contaminants in the water" at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, an issue that impacts thousands of veterans and civilians across the country, including here in New York. In his latest report, NY1's Michael Herzenberg gets reaction from the VA and a lawmaker.

    A NY1 investigation found that the VA denies disability benefits to nearly nine out of 10 veterans who say contaminated water at the famed Camp Lejeune Marine Base made them sick and that there is evidence of an association with the contaminants in the water.

    "We continue to see bias on the part of the VA not to award disability benefits," said North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.

    Both Burr and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis say they’ve been pressuring the VA to change.

    “The only conclusion one can come to,” Burr said, “is that some in VA believe that it's better to have those folks die before the payments made."

    The VA responded with a statement, saying, "We have met with Sen. Burr and will continue to do so to address his concerns and questions.  VA claims examiners have no financial motivation in their decisions and in fact are encouraged to respect a philosophy that VA grant if it can and deny only if it must.  VA advocates for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their survivors.  More than 54 percent of the people that work in VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration (the administration responsible for non-healthcare benefits) are Veterans themselves."

    Craig Unterberg doesn't see it that way. The New York City attorney is now fighting kidney cancer and lived on the North Carolina base as a child.

    "It's taking too long, and this is an urgent situation there are just some people that are so sick," he said about the VA's process.

    900,000 veterans and their families may have been exposed to chemicals from 1953 to 1987 that seeped into the groundwater from industrial sites inside Camp Lejeune and a dry cleaner just off the base.

    In 2012, a law made medical care less expensive for those who drank the water and suffer from any of 15 medical conditions.

    In December, the VA decided to eliminate obstacles to disability benefits for vets with eight conditions, but its implementation will take at least a year.

    Mark Cifelli is a Marine veteran who served at Camp Lejeune in the 1980s. He, with the support of his new bride, is fighting to survive Stage 4 colon, lung and liver cancer. He says his doctors believe the contaminated water at the Marine base is the cause and that the VA rejected his application for disability benefits three times.

    Cifelli spoke to NY1 from his suburban Buffalo home.

    "There's no reason to make people wait any longer. I might not be around here," he said.

    Burr says the VA could do it quicker, pointing to Vietnam. The U.S. used the deforester Agent Orange back then, sickening thousands of our service members. Burr says the VA implemented a fast-track for disability benefits in three months.

    Burr says VA officials told him they'd look into that.

    The VA told NY1 it is bound by the rule-making time frames established by law.

  • 31 Jul 2018 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    On 29 April Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced S. 2888, The Janey Ensminger Act of 2016, which requires the VA to provide medical care for all diseases that can be scientifically linked to exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. Text of the Janey Ensminger Act of 2016 is available here A one pager on the legislation is available here.

    The VA recently sent out an update to all persons who have signed up for updates.  The document is attached here for those that have not received the update.

  • 31 Jul 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    The federal bureaucracy moved at an agonizing crawl for the Marine Corps veterans sickened by the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Some died waiting for government benefits. But the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, after more than a year of work, finalized rules that will allow potentially thousands of veterans stationed at the base — or surviving spouses — to receive automatic benefits if they have been diagnosed with one of eight diseases.

    This marks the end of a long wait for many veterans who have been denied benefits by the VA and may be in desperate need for disability pensions and medical care. The estimated cost to taxpayers over the next five years is $2.2 billion. FULL STORY CLICK HERE

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