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Frequently Asked Questions
Any individual – including U.S. Military Veterans and their families – who served, worked, or resided at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., between 1953 and 1987 may have come into contact with contaminated drinking water linked to severe medical conditions, and may be eligible for health benefits and disability compensation.
In the early 1980s, two water-supply systems at Camp Lejeune were found to be contaminated with a group of chemicals known as “volatile organic compounds.” These chemicals – such as Trichloroethylene (a metal cleaner), Tetrachloroethylene (a dry cleaning agent), Benzene (a chemical often used in gasoline), Methylene chloride (a chemical solvent used in labs and to remove paint), and Vinyl chloride (a colorless gas used to make polyvinyl chloride and plastic products) – were found to have infiltrated the drinking water.
Up to one million military members, military staff, and military family members and other individuals at Camp Lejeune were exposed to the chemicals in this contaminated water, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The United States Senate recently passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. This law allows for water contamination lawsuits from victims. This law now extends the time deadline for filing a lawsuit for two years from the passage of the Act, whereas previously, most victims of water contamination could not claim compensation.
There is no specific guideline that specifies the amount of a Camp Lejeune settlement. The amounts will be determined at a later date and based upon the type of illness caused by the water, the severity of that illness, and its long-term consequences.