What benefits does the VA provide to Camp Lejeune water contamination victims?

The VA provides disability and health benefits to veterans and family members exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune during the last century. Still, these benefits vary depending on their diagnosis, as someone with cancer is usually eligible for disability compensation, while someone with neurobehavioral effects might qualify only for out-of-pocket reimbursement.

Both veterans and family members can receive healthcare, but only veterans can receive VA disability compensation

There are two VA benefits available for Camp Lejeune Marine veterans who struggle with diseases caused by drinking contaminated water. The first is disability compensation, which is given depending on how debilitating the condition the veteran has is. If they have a 20% disability rating, veterans can receive $328 per month, while if they have a 100% disability rating, they can get up to $4,148 in monthly installments.

It is worth noting that Camp Lejeune veterans who are so disabled that they need the assistance of another person to perform simple daily tasks such as eating might also be entitled to Special Monthly Compensation. This VA benefit has three levels by which the sum of money the veteran will receive is calculated, namely:

  • levels L-O: they cover specific disabilities and situations
  • level R: it may apply if they need help from another person for basic needs
  • level S: it may apply if they cannot leave the house because of their disability

VA healthcare is available both for Camp Lejeune Marines and their family members who lived at the military base and developed a disease. However, family members must meet the service date requirements and the time-on-station requirements, and they must also have one of the conditions on the VA’s list. While healthcare benefits do not include any financial compensation, the VA may pay the veteran or family member back for out-of-pocket healthcare costs for 15 presumptive conditions, which are the following:

Currently, healthcare reimbursement is the only VA benefit available to family members and dependents. To qualify, they have to provide evidence of their relation to the veteran and their medical records stating their diagnosis. Finally, it is important to know that both veterans and family members can file a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act to obtain financial compensation. Even if a veteran is receiving VA disability compensation, they can file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim to get additional money.

File your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim with the assistance of our experienced attorneys

With over 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims, including numerous veterans, our attorneys have the necessary knowledge and resources to help you file a claim. As a Veteran Marine, you will only have to send us your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records to have your case reviewed. Family members injured by drinking toxic water will need to submit evidence of their stay at Camp Lejeune along with their medical records.

After a comprehensive evaluation of your case, we will let you know if you are eligible to file a claim. Eligible individuals will promptly have their claims filed, as we prioritize veterans and family members, particularly if they struggle with cancer. If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, you do not have to worry, as our compassionate team will do all in its power to make it easy to navigate for you. It is important to know that we work on a contingency fee basis.

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