To Do List for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims

President Barack Obama signs the “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012,” in the Oval Office, Aug. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

There’s medical care and relief for Marines and their families who lived and worked at Camp LeJeune, NC and were exposed to contaminated drinking water.

The Camp Lejeune Families Act (H.R. 1627) will provide healthcare for those exposed to contaminated water while living at Marine Base Camp

As many as  750,000 people who lived or worked on the base from Jan. 1, 1957, through Dec. 31, 1987, could be eligible for care if they have a disability or disease linked to exposure to the carcinogens found in the water.

What to do?

Register – If you qualify and have not already signed up, the Marine Corps is encouraging all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register to receive notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water.

Be Informed – browse the Marine Corps website for background, research information and the latest updates.

New  Care Benefits – check with the VA for details on the care now available to Camp Lejeune Marines and families who qualify.

Health Studies – review the research connected to the water contamination from health studies to the water models used to determine contamination by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Bookmark Resources – a comprehensive list of Marine, Navy and agency resources for families.


21 Responses

  1. I was stationed at camp geiger in 1979 i had a stroke a year and a half ago and was diagnosed with polycythemia Vera . I have been on social security disability for nine months but i am filing VA disability now . I am always tired – in pain – dizzy , I am single father if two minor children .

  2. My father was stationed there back in 67 there are 6 children in the family.. We all have very serious health issuses. My older bother was born there, he is now 45. Sister concieved there, she has health issues. I have issues and so do my children. Out of 17 grandchildren 8 have health issues. From what I understand it is stored in fat tissues and can be passed on. When will it end?

  3. My husband was stationed at camp lejuene from 1976 to 1980. He had a rare brain tumor partially removed in Pittsburgh 4years ago. Then went through came back,we go back to Pitt sburgh tomorrow for surgery and gammaknife. I understand what others are going through and my prayers are with all of them.

    • As my prayers are with you and your husband for tomorrow’s surgery. May you both have the needed strength to make it through treatment successfully. Bobbie

    • My son has stage 3 brain cancer! Been batteling since April 2012. Put at level 3 last Aug 2013. We have tried everything! Keeping all in my prayers!

  4. I was born at Camp Lejeune in 1974. I have narcolepsy but have not applied for Social Security disability. I had a blood clot in my lung two years ago as well and do not smoke. I work but my employer is not friendly or approving for my disability. When will the medical benefits kick in for families and will there ever be any monetary relief for the victims? My quality of life has always been poor and you can’t put a monetary figure on a person’s life.

    • My entire family is messed up. Mother passed from a massive stroke at a young age, father( the marine) passed from a massive stroke. Sister ( a marine ) 4 types of cancer. The list goes on and on. I have health issues. on a personal leave becaud]se of sons health issues.( brain tumor) When will it stop?

  5. I’ve been a USMC wife for more than 25 years. Married my high school sweet heart. We had 3 beautiful children, traveled the world. We were stationed at camp Lejeune and various other bases. Our beautiful daughter whom I home schooled and a graduate of Sellman is dead at 25 from gastro esopheageal cancer. I’m in bridge to hospice suffering from various diseases. My doctors said that I’m a medical mystery. The USMC has thrown us away. My husband and I worked hard to put all 3 through college. He is now a federal inspector for hazordous waste for the railroad. I’ve fought hard to live with the love of my life as always by my side. We received no help, but many denials from military doctors as well as civilian doctors not wanting to listen when given family medical history or when the symptoms started. My father served 20yrs in the army, boxed, wrestled and played football (boy wonder-out of Rochester NY-golden gloves champion for 3 yrs. inducted into the boxing hall of fame) died in 2008! The army tried to deny my father ever retired from the military. He owned many businesses in Rochester any gave a job to anybody off the streets who wanted a chance to prove themselves. He passed from ALS. The military refused to do the appropriate testing. He was diagnosed in 2007 @ Rochester General. After taking the military to court, we were able to save some of his businesses. He served his country, his brothers. My family love the freedom it has offered, but does MY country owe us answers? We proved that agent orange is why my dad, my hero died such a horrible death. Why did his grandaughter (his angel) die and now I’m fighting with doctors and insurance companies who only csre about MONEY. My middle son @23 is now in the USMC (MP) husband and father. Will the military treat him the same. I want justice for my family and otherd who are unable to speak for themselves. I will be happy to send pictures and ANY written proof.

  6. I was stationed at Lejuene from 1981-1983, I was diagnosed with MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROME which is a form of leukemia in Oct 2013 and given 1.6 years without a bone marrow transplant. This was first submitted Sept of 2012 with the first symptoms showing up. So after a year and 3 months, still fighting va for compensation. I’m in Nebraska so if there are any other marines that want or need to talk email me. SEMPER FI

  7. My sister was stationed at Camp Lejeune in the late 70’s. She passed away from breast cancer January 1, 2013. Not sure if there’s anything that can be done at this point to tie her illness back to her time in the Marine’s or if there are any benefits available for the teenage daughter who survives her? Any helpful information that could be shared with me would be appreciated. Thanks.

  8. I lived and worked for the navy as a service man at lejeune from 1978-1980 .I worked at the hospital.My whole life has been filled with health problems no doctor knew why.All this began shortly after leaving.Why is the govt fighting us all the way.It;s like they want us to die.

  9. If we inform our doctors that we were exposed, can it affect our health/life insurance rates and/or insurability?

  10. 1977 camp Lejeune was the beginning of our nightmares and has not stopped plaguing my son (fed formula @ 3 months old to 10 months old), my wife never stopped bleeding and lost 50lbs down to 85lbs, continuous miscarriages for years, and finally reproductive organs removed. I myself have had IBS for years, partial colon removed and a couple heart attacks (yes I have received VA assistance) but not my family (and the large family we had planned on having like all my ancestors before me).We finally have an answer as too why this has happened to us. I want compensation but what value could destroying our lives be worth? (I just want to go back to being normal)BIG SIGH !

  11. I was stationed there in 1886-1990..My question is whether or not my daughter qualifies?
    My daughter was born in California, 3 yrs after I was discharged, and her mother was never exposed…threed months ago my daughter was diagnosed with a form of non Hodgkins Lymphoma! Since she is my offspring, does she qualify?

  12. I was stationed a Camp Lejeune from 1968-1969 and 1970-1972. In 2008 I began losing weight with rashes over my body. In 2009 I was diagnosed with a pituitary adenoma (brain tumor). I suffered shortness of breath, severe fatigue, hot/cold moments, and a weight loss of 40 pounds. Their was surgery removing the mass, but it returned and I presently have this brain tumor. Also, my wife suffered a miscarriage in 1985 and my first son was born with 3 kidneys.

  13. I was with the 82nd Airborne in 74-75. We parachuted onto the base twice for two weeks at a time while I was there. We got our water from the base and we also drank from the streams. This was during hot weather, so drinking 4 to 5 quarts a day was normal. For the last 20 years I have had unusual reactions to medicines and my blood work has been off for years now. I have tremors in my left hand, chronic fatigue and my short term memory is shot. They have never mention covering any of us for these problems, yet they say if the National Guard trained there for even one day, they are presumed to be covered. What gives?

  14. My father was stationed at camp lejeune in the 80’s i was born in 1988 not on camp lejeune. he passed away from kidney cancer at 48 yrs of age, because of the water. would i get effects from the water at camp lejeune, because he was stationed there or no ?

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