The number of people exposed to carcinogens and pollutants at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, including veterans and their family members, could be as high as one million. The base has housed thousands of military personnel, their families, and contractors since its establishment in 1942. However, in the 1980s, dangerous chemical compounds were found in the groundwater at Camp Lejeune, meaning that for over 30 years, more than a million people drank and bathed in contaminated water.
Numerous studies have linked exposure to this water and its contaminants to the development of various types of cancer and diseases. The contamination at Camp Lejeune is believed by many officials to be one of the most devastating water contamination cases in U.S. history.
To help those affected, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers presumptive service connection and cost-free health care to service members exposed to the contaminants between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. However, these benefits often fall short of providing adequate compensation for the harm suffered by service members and their families.
Fortunately, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 may provide greater help by allowing victims and their families to bring claims against the government. The number of diseases and types of cancer associated with Camp Lejeune is vast, including adult/child leukemias, cardiac birth defects, liver and lung cancer, multiple sclerosis, and systemic sclerosis, among many others like:
The list of diseases and cancers associated with Camp Lejeune continues to grow, underscoring the need for greater support and compensation for those affected by this tragic situation.