More than a million Marines, Sailors, civilian workers, and their families were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
If you were at the base anytime between 1953 and 1987 — even for as little as 30 days — and developed cancer, you may qualify for financial compensation.
The Camp Lejeune Honoring Our PACT Act allows any individual who was present at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for at least 30 days, including service members, residents, family members, workers, and civilians to seek justice for illnesses caused by the contaminated water supply.
Regardless of your Veterans Administration disability benefits, approved or denied, you may be eligible for compensation if you suffered from from any of the following illnesses:
It’s estimated that more than a million people used the water over the course of these years without knowing that it was contaminated. Water tests conducted in 1982 found carcinogenic substances that cause severe, long-term damage to humans. By then, it was too late to reverse what had already been put into motion. As a result, many of the residents and workers at Camp Lejeune were diagnosed with cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, and even Parkinson’s disease.
The government signed a new law that allows individuals affected by contaminated water from Camp Lejeune to file a lawsuit for resulting illnesses. Individuals and families who lived, worked, or served at Camp Lejeune between 1953-1987 were exposed to toxic chemicals in the water supply.
The Camp Lejeune Honoring Our PACT Act 2022 allows individuals affected by contaminated waters from Camp Lejeune to file a lawsuit for resulting illnesses.
Camp Lejeune was founded in 1941 on the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina. This large and busy military base, like many others in this era, discharged oil and industrial contaminants into the storm drains. To make matters worse, a nearby dry-cleaning business dumped wastewater containing tetrachloroethylene, a suspected carcinogen, into drains for many years. Due to weak environmental regulations, military chemists didn't thoroughly test Camp Lejeune's drinking water until 1980. News of this contamination was public by 1984.
Solvent levels in tap water were 280 times higher than what we currently consider to be safe. In 1989, the state of North Carolina shut down Camp Lejeune's fuel depot because the storage tanks had leaked thousands of gallons of fuel into the earth.
Four years passed during which everyone who lived at Camp Lejeune consumed and used water that scientists believed was highly contaminated.
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