More illnesses linked to Camp Lejeune toxic exposure

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on August 17th, 2020

Between 1953 and 1987, hazardous contaminants poisoned thousands of Marines and their family members, at Camp Lejeune. Some veterans may already be ill and unaware that their medical condition could be due to the time spent living and working at Camp Lejeune.

For decades, the damage from the health-hazardous contaminants has slowly crept into the lives of almost one million people stationed all across Jacksonville's sprawling Camp Lejeune, causing a variety of horrific health problems the extent of which is still being uncovered.

The base's soil was contaminated with military fuel and dry-cleaning chemicals. Everyone who drank, bathed in, cooked with, was exposed to:

  • trichloroethylene (TCE) - a solvent used for degreasing metal parts
  • perchloroethylene (PCE) - a widely used dry cleaning solvent
  • vinyl chloride - a common ingredient used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic products
  • benzene - a solvent present in a great number of modern products and industries
  • heavy metals - approximately 12 pounds of elemental mercury found at Hadnot Point
  • radioactive chemicals - materials containing strontium-90, including carcasses of dogs used in testing

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) began assessing the potentially harmful health effects associated with the toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune, since the late 1980s. The agency determined that the risk of certain health conditions was increased through prolonged exposure to these chemicals.

What other diseases are linked to Camp Lejeune chemical exposure?

In 2012, Congress passed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, also known as the Janey Ensminger Act, in response to health concerns raised by veterans and their families. The Act - named for Janey Ensminger, daughter of Marine Corps member Jerry Ensminger, who died from leukemia when she was just 9 years old - provides health benefits to veterans and family members and applies to certain health conditions, including:

  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Neurobehavioral effects (poor memory, dementia, depression, poor concentration, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, fatigue, motor difficulties, characterized by problems such as weakness, tremors, involuntary movements, incoordination, and more)

The "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012" provides health care to veterans and family members who lived at Camp Lejeune, meet the time-on-station and service date requirements, and their medical evidence shows an association between exposure to these contaminants during military service and the development of certain diseases later on.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition as a result of toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune, call us today to learn how we can help you

Attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, know that the toxic exposure at Lejeune caused a host of debilitating medical conditions that service members are suffering and dying from.

We are stepping up to help the veterans who were negligently poisoned by the health-hazardous contaminants at Camp Lejeune.

Anyone who served or lived at the Jacksonville, North Carolina training facility for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, could be at risk of developing life-threatening health issues. Those who may be eligible to seek benefits include the following:

  • U.S. Marines
  • Navy personnel
  • Reservists
  • National Guard personnel
  • Civilian employees
  • Family members

If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition associated with exposure to the toxic agents at Camp Lejeune, attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., can help ensure you receive not only medical care but the disability benefits to which you are entitled.