North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune is lauded as the largest Marine Corps Base on the east coast. Countless service members, their families and civilians who lived and worked at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune training facility between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 may have been exposed to toxic water sources that are believed to cause birth defects, cancer and other life-altering diseases.
Congress is pursuing legislation that would allow people who suffered effects after being exposed to toxic water on the base for at least 30 days to seek compensation for harms the VA declined to cover. If you believe you were affected, we can help.
Contact a toxic exposure attorney
If you or a loved one served or worked at Camp Lejeune between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 and developed severe health complications, a knowledgeable toxic exposure attorney can help you weigh your options for compensation and discuss your potential eligibility to file suit under the Honoring our PACT Act. We are available at any time by email or call 866.855.9017 for more information.
Camp Lejeune health effects
Toxic water at Camp Lejeune has been traced to multiple sources, including a dry cleaning operation, multiple underground fuel storage tanks believed to have leaked at least a million gallons of fuel, and other improper toxic chemical dumping.
According to the VA, two wells at the base that were closed in 1985 contained the following toxins:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
- Other compounds
Unsafe levels of the toxins have been linked to numerous diseases and other health effects including:
- Birth Defects
- Cancer, including: Bladder, Breast, Cervical, Esophageal, Kidney, Leukemia, Liver, Lung, Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Ovarian
- Cardiac Effects
- Female Infertility and Miscarriages
- Hepatic Steatosis (liver disease)
- Neurobehavioral Effects
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Renal Toxicity (kidney injury or disease)
The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022
While potential health effects associated with Camp Lejeune have been well documented, recourse for impacted service members, their family members and others who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune has remained largely elusive for years. If it becomes law, the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, will provide a path to justice by allowing impacted people to seek compensation for harms the VA declined to cover. Read more.
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