Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were possibly exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.


The VA has established a "presumptive service connection" for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight diseases:

• Adult leukemia

• Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes

• Bladder cancer

• Kidney cancer

• Liver cancer

• Multiple myeloma

• Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

• Parkinson's disease

As of right now, the above listed 8 conditions are the only ones considered to be "presumptive" by the VA: However, the VA will continue to review relevant information as it becomes available and will very likely add to this list over time.  Therefore, if you are a veteran, or a family member of a veteran who is experiencing any of the above-listed illnesses or other health conditions that you think might be related to your exposure at Camp Lejeune, CLICK HERE now for help filing your claim.


The VA also provides cost-free health care for certain conditions to Veterans who served at least 30 days of active duty at Camp Lejeune from January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.

Qualifying health conditions include:

• Esophageal cancer

• Breast cancer

• Kidney cancer

• Multiple myeloma

• Renal toxicity

• Female infertility

• Scleroderma

• Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma • Lung cancer

• Bladder cancer

• Leukemia

• Myelodysplastic syndromes

• Hepatic steatosis

• Miscarriage

• Neurobehavioral effects

Veterans eligible for health care under the 2012 Camp Lejeune Health Care Law may enroll in VA health care and receive medical services for the 15 covered health conditions at no cost (including copayments).

If you are not yet enrolled for VA health care, then call 1-877-222-8387 for help. Inform VA staff that you served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during the covered time period.

Family members of Veterans who also lived at Camp Lejeune during the qualifying period are eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 health conditions mentioned above. The VA will only pay costs that remain after payment from your other health plans.

Apply online for reimbursement or call 1-866-372-1144 for help.

What type of evidence should you send in with your application?

• Documentation showing dependent relationship to a Veteran who served at Camp Lejeune, such as marriage license or birth certificate

• Documentation showing you lived on the base for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 such as copies of orders or base housing records

• You paid health care expenses for a covered condition respective to the following date ranges.

• If you lived on Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987, then you can be reimbursed for care that you received on or after August 6, 2012

• If you lived on Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1956, then you can be reimbursed for care that you received on or after December 16, 2014




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