Marines Were Cautiously Optimistic About Honoring Our Pact Act Which Includes The Camp Lejeune Justice Act Passing The Senate A Second Time
The Honoring Our Pact Act had already passed the House and Senate but was rejected on a technicality
Thursday, August 4, 2022 - Most of us were made aware of the water contamination problems that afflict those who lived, worked, or played, on or near the Camp Lejeune Marine base during the president's State of The Union Address last year. President Joe Biden mentioned that he would support the Honoring Our Pact Act, legislation that would grant military veterans access to enhance benefits and income from the Veterans Administration (VA) and other retirement benefits. Included in the Act was the Camp Lejeune Justice Act that overrides the North Carolina's statute of limitations allowing those inflicted with Camp Lejeune cancer or other serious illness from drinking the contaminated local tap water the right to file a lawsuit against the Department of Defense and US government seeking lump-sum monetary damages. According to WECT.com, "Once that happens, families who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and later suffered an illness linked to the contamination will be able to file suit." The HOPA had stalled in between the House of Representatives and US Congress as lawmakers have found a questionable fund-raising provision in the HOPA that they find objectionable. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was initially rejected by lawmakers on jurisdictional grounds arguing that it was the right of each state to determine the laws governing those living on or near US military bases.
By including the CLJA in the larger overall legislation, families that have been injured or have had loved ones killed by contaminated PFAS chemicals in their tap water may file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit seeking compensation and punitive damage awards. Millions of people who lived, worked, or played on or near the Camp Lejeune Marine base in question during the years may be eligible for millions of dollars each for their suffering. Marines filing lawsuits will be required to prove their case independently of others, however, the DOJ has admitted knowing about groundwater pollution in the area since 1953 and doing almost nothing to alert families. Marines have written that after defeating their lethal enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, they came home to an even greater foe, contaminated drinking water which caused them and their families to develop one form of cancer or another. Many marines and civilian employees working on the base have had children that suffered severe birth defects or have died from childhood leukemia. Marines who have had their efforts at filing a lawsuit stymied by North Carolina law may soon be able to file a lawsuit and seek justice. WECT reports, however, that Marine expectations are low having been stifled time and time again. Some marines have had claims that have gone on for decades and do not expect things to change.
Marines and civilian employees that lived or worked on or near Camp Lejeune, North Caroline for at least 30 days from 1953 to 1987 may be eligible to file suit. If you or a loved one have developed cancer or has died from the disease and were exposed to drinking Camp Lejeune tap water, you should consult a Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney to start the paperwork that is necessary including medical records that prove your residence and illness.