The VA today issued its final regulations to allow presumptive service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The final rule is effective March 14, 2017. Under this rule, the VA will provide presumptive service connection to veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members who served for no less than 30 days (either consecutively or nonconsecutively) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and later developed one of eight diseases. The eight diseases include (1) kidney cancer; (2) non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; (3) adult leukemia; (4) liver cancer; (5) bladder cancer; (6) multiple myeloma; (7) Parkinson's disease; and (8) aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes.For more information, see the VA News Release and the Federal Register.
If the VA has denied your claim for disability benefits, you are entitled to an attorney to assist you with contesting the VA's denial. Attorney Rick Rousseau is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide representation services to claimants before the VA. 254-699-9999; 409-515-6176; or [email protected]