Monday, January 16, 2017

Camp Lejeune New Law for Veterans

The VA announced on January 13, 2017 that they will now recognize 8 medical conditions as presumptively service connected due to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.  If a veteran served a minimum of 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and was diagnosed with one of the following conditions: Parkinson's, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, liver cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, aplastic anemia with other myelodysplastic syndromes, or adult leukemia then the VA will find them presumptively service connected.  This new law on Camp Lejeune will make it easier for veterans to get their VA disability benefits.  A few questions still remain when it comes to the Camp Lejeune issue.  What about veterans who are just outside the time frame but who suffer from one or more of the listed medical conditions?  What about the Camp Lejeune veteran's children who were born with birth defects?  Lastly, what other conditions will be added to this list over time?  Hopefully, this is the start of a new series of regulations on this subject.  For more information on Veterans disability benefits.