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Congress recently passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. The significance of this act is seen through how it now allows Veterans, Reservists, Dependents, and others who served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987. This act permits these individuals to file a legal claim for damages related to medical conditions and losses suffered as a result of toxic exposure. Applications filed under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act are tort claims and would normally filed through an attorney.
Settlements under this Act will likely cause an offset for veterans who are currently receiving or who file a VA Compensation claim for the same condition(s). Normally this would entail suspension of the VA benefit until the amount of the settlement has been offset, but should not impact payment for disabilities unrelated to Camp Lejeune.
The following link is a credible resource that may be used to learn more about how to obtain benefits under eligible criteria regarding current, up-to-date information about Camp Lejeune disability benefits from the VA. This is also a source dedicated to explaining information related to “Justice for Camp Lejeune” shared through the media, and what this updated perspective means for those affected by the water contamination at this marine base in North Carolina