The Veterans Administration Agrees Marines Were Injured By Contaminated Camp Lejeune Drinking Water
The VA findings about cancer may now may support Marines who allege their cancer was caused by drinking the tap water on the base
Sunday, August 14, 2022 - Marines, civilian employees and their families that lived at Camp Lejeune Marine Base may have thought they were healthy but harbored a silent and deadly illness. Many people that regularly drank, cooked with, or bathed in their home's tap water have developed different types of cancer and never thought to blame the Marines. According to the VA, civilians, marines and their families serving at Camp Lejuene may have drank contaminated tap water. "Scientific and medical evidence has shown an association between exposure to these contaminants during military service and development of certain diseases later on." The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was recently signed into law. The legislation nullifies the statute of limitation and gives Marines, civilians, and others that were on the base during any 30-days from 1953 to 1987 the right to file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit. The Veterans Administration (VA) presumes that ingesting water containing volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, including PCE (perchloroethylene), a dry-cleaning solvent, and TCE (tricholoroethylene), an industrial degreaser may cause the following long list of cancer and also Parkinson's disease. The cancer list according to the VA website, includes adult leukemia, aplastic anemia, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Parkinson's disease.
If you or a loved one suffer from any of the conditions listed above, or if you have had a loved one die from any of these diseases, you may now qualify to file a Camp Lejeune water cancer lawsuit and should seek guidance from an independent Camp Lejeune water attorney. This is not a definitive list and other types of cancer may qualify. Science has shown a link between volatile organic compounds or in tap water and developing diseases that can cause death. Moreover, women at Camp Lejeune who were pregnant and drank tap water may have had a miscarriage, stillborn birth, or a child born with a birth defect. Children born to mothers who drank contaminated water may have developmental difficulties and autism. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act puts a limit of 1987 as the last year one may have been on the base and contaminated by the drinking water, however, cancer has a long latency period. A Marine or a family member could have been diagnosed in the 1990s or 2000s and still qualify to file a claim as long as they were on the base in 1987. This opens the door for thousands more Camp Lejeune water cancer lawsuits to be filed.
Camp Lejeune water wells were found to be contaminated in the early 1950s. The source of the contamination is believed to be the Marine Corps improperly disposing of hazardous and other waste materials in unlined landfills and burn pits on the base. Other sources of contamination may have been firefighting foam known to contain toxic chemicals. Chemicals from these toxic sources are believed to have leached down into the underlying water table supplying the residents in the area with tap water. Marine families were kept in the dark about the water contamination issue for decades as only a one-off brochure to residents was Corps' warning. The Marine Corps did nothing to alert the millions of Marines that passed through the base for decades and left them to die from cancer they could have prevented.