The Department of Veterans Affairs just last year updated their training letter from 2003 announcing that adjudication of these claims will be handled out of a centralized regional VA office in Louisville, Kentucky. The purpose is to promote fairness and consistency in the claims processing. The service time period at issue is 1957 to 1987. A number of diseases have been identified that meet the criteria of being associated with exposure to Camp Lejeune water contaminants. It is important to recognize that this is not a presumptive list. The mere fact you carry such a diagnosis does not mean you will be awarded benefits. But, the diagnosis will be sufficient to initiate a VA medical examination and an attempt will be made to get an opinion regarding any relationship to Camp Lejeune exposure. The list is not exclusive. A veteran may provide medical evidence of another disease related to the water contaminants.
The current list includes: Esophageal cancer; lung cancer; breast cancer; bladder cancer; kidney cancer; adult leukemia, multiple myeloma, myleodisplasic syndromes; renal toxicity; hepatic steatosis; female infertility; miscarriage with exposure during pregnancy; sceloderma and neurobehavioral effects.
Stay tuned for an update soon on the claims process. If you have not filed a claim, do so now and consult with an accredited VA attorney.