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Breaking News for Older U.S. Military Veterans – Congress Passes Camp Lejeune Justice Act (2022)

The vast majority of Americans are united in believing that older adults, especially veterans and their loved ones, should receive quality care and dignity from a grateful nation.

Horrifyingly, we have documented the dangers of nursing home abuse of military veterans, shining a light in dark places to expose the truth.

We rarely get to report good news, but a new bipartisan bill is delivering hope to veterans injured from toxic water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. As we inch closer to Independence Day, giving hope to our service men and women sounds like just the thing this country needs right now.

A Stunning Bipartisan Bill is Helping Camp Lejeune Veterans Get Justice

After a decades-long battle, victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination may finally be able to get justice. Due to recent legislation, anyone who worked or lived at this base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 may soon be able to file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit. You or a nursing home resident you love might be eligible for compensation if you were exposed during that time frame.

What Happened at Camp Lejeune?

U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It is the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast. From the 1950s through the 1980s, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with deadly chemicals.

During that time, nearly 1 million people – including Marines, civilian workers, and their families – drank, bathed in, cooked with, and swam in the toxic water. Many got sick and died – even babies and young children.

Camp Lejeune health problems include: 

Cancers

  • Adult leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Birth Issues

  • Fetal death
  • Low birth weight
  • Major congenital malformations
  • Miscarriage
  • Neural tube defects
  • Oral cleft defects (including cleft lip)

Other Conditions

  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Parkinson’s disease

However, for decades, victims had no legal rights since the illnesses were considered to be related to military service.

Thankfully, that is likely to change very soon thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. This act will allow many who got sick from Camp Lejeune water contamination to pursue justice and financial aid.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act resulted from the tireless pushback from veterans, loved ones, and advocates. When passed into law, people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 will finally have legal rights.

Once passed, victims can file a Camp Lejeune water claim and pursue financial aid for the harm they suffered.

Many older U.S. veterans and family members that drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune are now of retirement age and could be living in nursing homes.

What Does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Mean for Victims?

Until now, victims could not file Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits, which would have gotten them the money they needed. These funds could have paid for health care, pain and suffering from severe illnesses or, sadly, covered funeral expenses to bury a loved one.

VA benefits have been the only support ever offered to Camp Lejeune water contamination victims. Many of these VA claims were denied or delayed, leaving people with little to no relief as they battled life-threatening illnesses or watched loved ones die.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will allow victims of this disaster and survivors to finally get the money they deserve. Victims and families can take comfort in knowing their voices will be heard and have legal recourse.

How the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Helps Victims

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act could be critical for Marine Corps veterans now in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or skilled nursing facilities.

Sadly, many of our nation’s bravest have ended up in State Veterans Homes that do not meet basic quality standards.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act could provide the financial resources you need to move your loved one into a higher-quality care facility. This upgrade could reduce the chances of your loved one becoming a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect.

The groundbreaking news of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 may also impact surviving military spouses or dependent family members, and these survivors may have newly-afforded legal options. Additionally, parents who lost a child to leukemia between the 1950s and the 1980s may finally be able to get justice.

Talk to your loved one if they lived or worked at Camp Lejeune and later got sick. They may be unaware of this news – news they’ve been waiting for decades to come to fruition.

Don’t delay submitting your claim if you were harmed by Camp Lejeune’s water. Visit the Camp Lejeune Claims Center and file your free claim today.

Author:Nursing Home Abuse Justice Team
Nursing Home Abuse Justice Team

Nursing Home Abuse Justice was founded to shine a light on nursing home and elder abuse. Every day, thousands of people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are abused. Our team helps educate seniors and their loved ones on the common causes, signs and preventions of nursing home abuse. We report on real-world studies and current events from respected news outlets to expose this national problem.

Last modified: August 2, 2022

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