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 long‐awaited 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 THE HADNOT POINT AND HOLCOMB BOULEVARD WATER TREATMENT
PLANTS AND VICINITIES. Find out More.
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:
- Call 1-877-222-8387 to be added to VA’s Camp Lejeune database.
- 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.
- Keep receipts for health care expenses you paid for a covered condition on or after March 26, 2013.
Public Health Information
Visit www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures 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.
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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Lejeune_water_contamination (for background)
http://www.tftptf.com/ (a valuable proponent website)
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/ (the VA slice)
https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/index.aspx (The USMC slice)
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/health_survey.html (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.