A bill aimed at helping people who drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune appears to be back on track after being held up by one lawmaker, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
DeMint used his Senate privilege to put a hold on the bill because it included no provision to allow VA to deny coverage even if an individual’s health problems stemmed from some other cause.
The Army Times is reporting that the stalled veterans’ bill is moving forward again for Senate passage after a small change was made in a landmark program under which the Veterans Affairs Department would provide health care to people suffering from long-term effects of drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C.:
Up to 750,000 people who lived or worked on the base from Jan. 1, 1957, through Dec. 31, 1987, would be eligible for care if they have a disability or disease linked to exposure to drinking water found to contain carcinogens.
You can learn more about the proposed legislation HERE.