Camp Lejeune: A National Issue and a National Outrage

The sheer number of military vets and their families who served at Camp Lejeune in eastern North Carolina from 1953–1987 is mind-boggling. Most Marines who enlisted for combat training during that time period likely spent at least 30 days there for basic training.

And during that time, if they drank, cooked with or bathed in the tap water supplied by the base, they were exposed to cancer-causing contaminants such as benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), these toxic chemicals leaked into Camp Lejeune’s ground water from waste disposal sites and underground storage tanks — and that ground water, of course, is the source of the base’s drinking water. The tanks were mostly closed by 1985, but many of those exposed to the toxic chemicals have died from these deadly carcinogens — or continue to deal with serious illnesses.

Related illnesses include:

  • Leukemia (all types)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Breast cancer
  • Hepatic steatosis

Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

A bipartisan bill, “The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022,” was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and is being signed into law by President Biden. This act allows members of the military and their families who were exposed from 1953–1987 to seek financial compensation.

If you, or a loved one living or deceased, served at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987 and suffer from an illness listed above, you may be eligible for compensation. You will want to have an experienced attorney by your side. See your medical professional, then contact us by submitting a form on our website or call us at 877-526-3457. Your first consultation is free.

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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law

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