Q: How does the PACT Act connect to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?
A: Contained in the PACT Act, Section 804, was a provision entitled the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 which will have a profound effect on our veterans and their dependents who suffered ill effects caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Those who served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina, may have had contact with contaminants in the drinking water. Medical evidence has shown an association between exposure to these contaminants during military service and development of certain medical conditions later in life.
Q: What was in the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune?
A: Two of the on-base water wells that were shut down in 1985 were found to contain the following chemicals: Trichloroethylene (TCE), Perchloroethylene (PCE), Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, and other Various Compounds.
Q: What are the medical conditions identified?
A: Aplastic Anemia, Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Female Infertility, Hepatic Steatosis, Kidney Cancer, Leukemia, Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Miscarriage, Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Neurobehavioral Effects, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Renal toxicity, and Scleroderma
Q: What are the possible dates of exposure?
A: The threshold requirement is the individual(s) had to be exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for a period of not less than 30 days at any time between August 1,1953 and December 31, 1987.
Q: What documentation is needed?
A: Documentation proving housing at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987 (like utility bills, base housing records, military orders, or tax forms), and medical records with one of the medical conditions listed above (as well as the date the illness was diagnosed and current treatment or treatment in the past for the illness) And any evidence of paid health care expenses for the identified medical condition. Also, a copy of the DD214 showing that the discharge was not a dishonorable discharge.
If you have qualifying service at Camp Lejeune and a current diagnosis of one of the conditions along with the necessary documentation, please contact your local Traill County VSO Office for assistance at 701-430-7059.