On August 10, 2022 President Biden signed the above Act into law, aimed at helping veterans exposed to toxins during their service. Tests from routine water treatment plant sampling and samples of water supply wells identified the following chemicals in Camp Lejeune's drinking water:
- trichloroethylene (TCE)
- tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
- vinyl chloride (VC) and
These are all colorless chemicals. These chemicals are known or suspected causes of a wide range of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Birth defects
- Low birth weight babies
- Testicular cancer
- Non Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Parkinson's disease
- Nervous system disorders
- Liver cirrhosis and failure
- Kidney damage
- Respiratory problems
- Blood disorders
- Immune system disorders o Miscarriage
- Female infertility
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
This act will provide United States marines, members of other branches, and their families compensation for those servicemen, servicewomen and their families who suffered serious health consequences after exposure to contaminated drinking water at the Camp Lejeune military base.
The Criteria to qualify for compensation are as follows:
- The individual must have been exposed (including in utero exposure) to drinking water at Camp Lejeune for AT LEAST 30 DAYS;
- The exposure must have occurred between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987;
- The party bringing the claim, or the legal representative, must produce evidence that the relationship between the ingestion of tainted water and the injury is "at least as likely as not."
Persons who file claims under this act wil! NOT lose their entitlement to any disability payment or benefits, but there liI
Claims MUST be brought before the later of:
- 2 years after commencement of this Act.
- 180 days after denial of a related claim under 28 USC Sec. 2675
- No other statutes of limitations or repose shall apply to claims under this Act.