Joan Palumbo wasn't told the danger she was in when she stepped under the showerhead in her bathroom in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
She wasn't told about the toxins mixing into her daughter's food every time she blended formula with water from the kitchen sink.
Or that cooking her own food in that same water would eventually lead to her death.
Palumbo didn't know that beginning in 1953 toxic chemicals had begun seeping through the ground into two of the eight water treatment plants on Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps base near Jacksonville where she and her husband, Fred, lived in the Tarawa Terrace neighborhood.
Trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, benzene and vinyl chloride, deadly chemicals known to cause health problems including miscarriages, birth defects, cancers and childhood leukemia, leaked from underground fuel storage tanks, an off-base dry cleaning facility, industrial area spills and waste disposal sites. The contamination of the base's waters continued through 1987 and mostly affected the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point neighborhoods.
It is estimated that more than 1 million people were likely exposed to the toxic waters on Camp Lejeune. Beginning in August, half of those people had filed claims asking for the government to make right what happened to its Marines and their families—but no offers from the government have been extended. And without those offers, the claimants have been forced into litigation—potentially for years—if they want justice.
Palumbo is among those people. The Palumbos moved in 1962 to Camp Lejeune and together had their first child. Fred deployed overseas in 1963.
Subtle signs include miscarriage, premature births
The first signs of trouble for the Palumbo family from drinking Lejeune's water were subtle. While Fred was serving across the world from his wife, Joan suffered a miscarriage.
That same year, Joan became pregnant, this time with twin daughters. They were born three months premature, and entered the world fighting for their lives. The Palumbos' daughter, Kristine, died after three days, on New Year's Day. Her sister's fight continued for six long months before she was able to leave the hospital and join the rest of her family at home.
The Palumbos went on to have six children, and it seemed that tragedy had left them.
When their youngest entered grade school, Joan Palumbo returned to her job as a pediatric nurse. She would eventually become a psychiatric nurse. Fred continued serving in the Marines until retiring in August 1981.
Less than subtle signs? Breast cancer, multiple myeloma
Then, in 1997, Joan's own health took a drastic turn. Her husband calls it her "medical nightmare."
Breast cancer led to a lumpectomy in her right breast.
Another lump in her left breast led to a bilateral mastectomy.
Then she needed a spinal fusion.
A new diagnosis: multiple myeloma.
She had a mitral valve in her heart replaced.
Then she went into renal failure.
If all of that wasn't bad enough, she was inflicted with shingles before her death in January 2011.
Learning about Camp Lejeune's contaminated water
Fred Palumbo told McClatchy he and his wife pored through her family's medical history. Heart problems and cancer weren't part of their story. Nothing made sense.
"We couldn't determine what the problem was," Palumbo said. "And I didn't realize there was a problem until after she died."
He can't remember exactly how he learned about the water contamination. He believes it was a news segment on television that led him to connect with Jerry Ensminger.
Ensminger, a retired Marine, has become the face of the fight for justice for those who lived and worked on Camp Lejeune. Ensminger lost his 9-year-old daughter born on the base, Janey, to leukemia in 1986.
Ensminger led efforts to uncover what happened with the water on the North Carolina base, hold the government accountable for covering up the contamination and ensure that no one who served at Camp Lejeune was left in the dark.
Fighting for justice and the PACT Act
Ensminger spent decades traveling to Washington fighting for the government to take responsibility for what happened to his fellow Marines at Camp Lejeune.
In 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Janey Ensminger Act, which ensured family members of veterans who lived on Camp Lejeune during the years of the water contamination had access to health care.
Last summer, Ensminger's "Oorah," the Marine's battle cry, echoed in the Senate chamber when Congress passed the PACT Act, giving anyone exposed to and affected by the water on Camp Lejeune two years to file claims with the U.S. Navy. The bill also allowed service members to file claims if they were exposed during specific dates to burn pits—a form of waste disposal that can give off toxic fumes—or had illnesses connected to service in the Gulf War, southwest Asia or the Vietnam War.
More than 500,000 claims have been filed because of the PACT Act, Biden announced on April 26.
The claims detail when someone was on the base, their exposure to the water and what health issues they developed.
The Navy can then do one of three things: offer a settlement, deny the claim or do nothing.
If a settlement is offered, the person filing the claim can then accept it or litigate it.
If an offer isn't made within six months or the claim is denied, then the person can pursue litigation.
Attorneys work with victims to file lawsuits
In February, when Camp Lejeune victims could first file lawsuits, a name repeatedly popped up on the court documents: attorney Eric Flynn with Bell Law Group, a firm out of South Carolina, who has since opened an office in Raleigh to help handle the Camp Lejeune claims.
"I couldn't be prouder to represent these clients," Flynn told McClatchy. "These people have suffered tremendously and I think it only takes talking to a handful of them, hearing their stories to hear the suffering they went through."
Bell Law Group's namesake, Edward Bell, began working with victims of Camp Lejeune more than 15 years ago. In the beginning, Flynn's firm tried to sue over the effects of the water, but ran into two hurdles: a time limit for how long after exposure someone could sue, and the government's immunity.
Until the PACT Act, the law firm ran into roadblock after roadblock to get their clients justice.
Flynn can rattle off their stories with ease: the women who suffered miscarriages while their husbands fought in Vietnam, the members of the military who developed neurological effects, the Marine with Parkinson's, the wife with multiple sclerosis. The divorces as medical problems and losses became too much for a couple to handle. The missing faces at family gatherings.
"There have been times where I think any attorney that has talked to these folks have walked out in tears because what these people have gone through is horrible," Flynn said. "To be able to fight for these folks, to be able to bring their claims and hold people accountable is extremely gratifying."
Civil case could become largest in US history
Flynn said that while the government lost sovereign immunity and the time limit constraints, officials still have a lot of arguments they can make.
He said he won't predict what they'll do, but they could raise challenges based on the government's liability, on whether the water caused someone's health issues, or on the length of time they were exposed.
"On top of that, we still have to go through the process of getting experts to review all the documents, picking the jury, getting in front of the jury, convincing the jury of our case," Flynn said.
Catherine Dunham, a professor of law at Elon Law School, told McClatchy that the largest civil case in U.S. history saw 300,000 claims filed due to 3M military earplugs. Camp Lejeune's claims are expected to far exceed that number.
Despite victims being scattered worldwide now, and attorneys as far away as at least Puerto Rico fighting for their business, the case is not multidistrict, meaning all of the lawsuits are being filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
District Judge James Dever told parties in March that he would handle the cases expeditiously. If he were to handle each lawsuit filed so far individually, it would take four judges 1,900 years, Public Radio East reported.
"We don't have a court system that could ever hear all those cases," Dunham said
Finding a lawyer
Meanwhile, victims of Camp Lejeune's toxic waters still need to navigate finding a lawyer. Once the PACT Act passed Congress, commercials flooded the airwaves for lawyers who could help secure money for people who lived on the base and even off base.
"The honest to God truth is if they don't advertise, then no, the injured people aren't going to know what to do," Dunham said.
But she understands that some of the commercials leave people uneasy.
"I'll tell you what my philosophy is, is that the justice system has to be available," Dunham said. "You have to have access points for regular people, because it's always regular people who are injured."
Dunham said if that means lawyers need to flood television to reach those who are injured, so be it. She added that someone is at greater risk of being taken advantage of if they walk into a random attorney's office who doesn't have experience but wants to go after a few claimants so they can take his share of the settlement.
Flynn said it's important that people aren't victimized once again, this time by lawyers, through this process. Bell Law Group does not advertise on television.
Flynn said to do your homework on law firms. Call around and ask to talk to attorneys to see if they're the right fit.
"The good ones will do that, and you should be able to speak to somebody that you just click with and feel like this person really knows what they're talking about," Flynn said.
Commercials predicting a specific payout amount have frustrated Flynn. It's impossible for a lawyer to make that promise since none of these cases have been heard and there's no precedent.
In the original draft of the bill to help Camp Lejeune water victims, lawmakers included a 25% cap on attorneys' fees so that lawyers couldn't take advantage of their clients. That cap was taken out before the PACT Act passed into law.
Bloomberg reported in March that Bell Law Group spent more money than any other legal firm lobbying federal lawmakers over the past two years, and one of its requests was for the cap to be removed. Bell said he wouldn't object to a cap but believed lawyers should be able to charge up to 40%, Bloomberg reported.
When asked about the cap, Flynn said the legislation was supported by an overwhelming and bipartisan majority of senators and representatives.
"We, too, support the law as enacted and are eager for these veterans and their families to finally get the justice they have long been entitled to," Flynn said.
Ensminger told McClatchy he had felt that years ago Bell, who he had previously recommended to people like Palumbo, took advantage of Ensminger's connections to drive up business. Ensminger has since cut ties with the firm, and is now working with Mikal Watts out of Texas.
Despite that and the attorneys' fees, Palumbo said he is grateful to the Bell group for helping him navigate through the legal system.
Cancer after drinking, cooking and bathing in poisonous water
Jeff Freuler, 57, a Townsville resident, also said he was thankful to the law firm as he navigates the long legal process ahead of him.
Like the Palumbos, Freuler had no idea he drank, cooked with and bathed in poisonous water while stationed on the Marine base in the 1980s.
Almost immediately after leaving the military, he began noticing neurological problems doctors couldn't explain: anxiety, depression, irritability, poor concentration, and changes in his mood and personality.
Freuler did receive a letter in the early 2000s from the U.S. government warning him that he had been exposed to toxins at Camp Lejeune. But details in the letter were sparse and Freuler dismissed it.
"It was a very generic letter that held very little information," Freuler said.
Then, things got serious.
"In 2012, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer," Freuler said. "At a very young age, according to my urologist."
Freuler underwent a robotic prostatectomy the week of Thanksgiving. The surgery was a success and the tissues taken from around his prostate came back negative for any spread.
Initially, Freuler had to return to his doctor every few weeks to ensure the cancer didn't return. He now goes once every year.
"I was still in the dark," Freuler told McClatchy. "I mean, there was really no information out there that could tie everything together—the cancer that I had to the chemicals—until just a few years ago."
But as Ensminger continued to work, word reached Frueler, who said that as more information surfaced, the more he could connect both his neurological ailments and his cancer to the toxin exposures.
"Continuing to do the research and reading stuff, I mean, it just all started making a little bit more sense," Freuler said.
What happens next?
It's an emotional process for the Marines to come to terms with what happened and that the government was not upfront about it when officials first learned about the toxins.
"I signed up to serve my country, and I'll never regret it," Freuler said. "What I do get emotional over is the fact that so much was done to cover this up, and it was some very hard work by a handful of people that wouldn't give up that brought all this to the surface.
"When we asked to join the military, when we were assigned to Camp Lejeune, we didn't have to get treated like this, to get poisoned like this by that water," Freuler said.
For Frueler, there's always the question of what's next.
"It's always in the back of my mind, as long as you're walking around with a ticking time bomb and that's cancer, yeah it's not a matter of if it's going to go off, but when it's going to go off, and that plays with your mind," Freuler said.
He said he had to compartmentalize that and push it to the back of his mind every day just to function.
Then there's Palumbo. The illnesses didn't end with his wife. His oldest daughter, Kimberly, born on Camp Lejeune, died last June just months before the PACT Act passed, at age 59. Like her mother, she suffered from a series of painful health conditions before her death.
"I look back and I've said to myself many times if I just didn't live in the village rather than going to Tarawa Terrance, maybe my life would be different now," Palumbo said. "I don't know. I'm just following what God's put in my path and trying to do the best I can with my children that I have now."
Freuler said he filed his lawsuit to lend a voice to those of people like Palumbo, but also to look out for both himself and his daughter, because if another health issue arises because of the water, he doesn't know what they would do—and they were only given until 2024 to figure it out.
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Is Camp Lejeune water still contaminated? ›
Although hazardous chemicals contaminated the water in Camp Lejeune from 1953 through 1987and are linked to devastating health conditions such as cancer, miscarriages, and other life-threatening trauma, today, the water at the base is considered safe to drink, bathe in, and use for other purposes.How do I know if my father was at Camp Lejeune? ›
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) manages U.S. military records for veterans who served in World War I to the present. These records are kept either on paper or on microfilm. You can contact the NPRC directly to request printed copies.How many Marines are missing from Camp Lejeune? ›
Seven Marines assigned to the Marine Special Operations Regiment in Camp Lejeune, N.C. and four Louisiana National Guard soldiers are missing following a helicopter accident near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Marine officials told USNI News on Wednesday.Has Camp Lejeune been closed? ›
How may we help you? There are no plans to shut down Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune. Yet, there is continuing controversy over contaminated water exposure. The base housing and many other facilities at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River had contaminated water sources from 1957 until 1987.How much is the payout for Camp Lejeune water contamination? ›
Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts could be well over $1 million to as low as $25,000.What is the average compensation for Camp Lejeune water contamination? ›
Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts could be between $10,000 and $500,000 depending on the strength of your case. These estimates for Camp Lejeune settlement amounts are only estimations based on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) budget for Camp Lejeune claims.How did they find out about the water at Camp Lejeune? ›
In 1982, Grainger Laboratories in Raleigh, N.C., was hired to test water at Camp Lejeune. The lab's first test shocked chemists. They found "synthetic organic cleaning solvents" contaminating water from two of the base's largest living areas, where thousands of Marines and family lived.What proof do you need for the Camp Lejeune lawsuit? ›
Military records showing you served at Camp Lejeune: You must prove you served at Camp Lejeune for 30 cumulative days between August 1953 through December 1987 while on active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard. You must also have received an honorable discharge.Are family members eligible for Camp Lejeune lawsuit? ›
Family members can still seek compensation on their loved one's behalf, even if they passed away decades ago. You may be able to file a Camp Lejeune wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one: Lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. Spent at least 30 days there (consecutively or broken up over years)What battalion from Camp Lejeune was most famous? ›
3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines.
Has anyone settled with Camp Lejeune? ›
No cases have reached a settlement yet involving Camp Lejeune toxic water, as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was just passed in August 2022. It is expected that the first Camp Lejeune settlements could be reached by the end of 2023, and that they will be paid out until roughly 2033.How many lawsuits against Camp Lejeune? ›
Presumptive illnesses or diseases are limited to VA health care or claims for disability benefits. Almost 900 lawsuits have now been filed by victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination or their legal representative.What town is Camp Lejeune close to? ›
The City of Jacksonville is the commercial hub of Onslow County and home to MarineCorps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River.What are the benefits of Camp Lejeune survivor? ›
Veterans who win Camp Lejeune water contamination claims can receive upwards of $3,000 a month with a 100% rating. They may also be eligible for Special Monthly Compensation, which is additional monthly compensation for especially severe disabilities.Where is Camp Lejeune now? ›
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is located in Onslow County in southeastern North Carolina. Camp Lejeune and the City of Jacksonville are adjacent to the New River flowing to the Onslow Beach area. Camp Lejeune occupies about 153,439 acres with 14 miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean.How much is Camp Lejeune claim worth? ›
The Congressional Budget Office projects spending over $6.1 Billion in Camp Lejeune settlements between 2022 and 2031. Your family may be entitled to some of that money. A Camp Lejeune settlement is separate from a VA claim and can provide additional compensation to those affected by the toxic water.What is the justice for Camp Lejeune victims and survivors? ›
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 allows people who were harmed by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base to file legal claims. This is groundbreaking since the federal government is generally immune from being sued over military-related injuries.Did Camp Lejeune exposed many to heavily contaminated drinking water? ›
From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. research on past chemical contamination.What is the VA disability rating for Camp Lejeune water contamination? ›
Disability Compensation for Camp Lejeune Vets
Veterans who win Camp Lejeune water contamination claims can receive upwards of $3,000 a month with a 100% rating. You may also be eligible for Special Monthly Compensation, which is additional monthly compensation for especially severe disabilities.
Under the law, anyone who “resided, worked, or was otherwise exposed” to Camp Lejeune drinking water for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may be eligible to file a damages claim.
Who was at fault for Camp Lejeune water contamination? ›
ATSDR's Position on the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Water from the Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant was primarily contaminated by PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene). The source of the contamination was the waste disposal practices at ABC One-Hour Cleaners, an off-base dry cleaning firm.
The next of kin of military veterans are authorized by law to obtain copies of the official military personnel file (OMPF) of their father or mother. These records will be needed to determine whether the parent was stationed at Camp Lejeune.Are there long term effects of Camp Lejeune contamination? ›
Veterans and people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune have an increased risk of developing kidney cancer because of their exposure to the toxic chemicals in the water. Scientific evidence strongly connects trichloroethylene (TCE) to kidney cancer in humans.How many people were exposed to Camp Lejeune water? ›
As many as one million military and civilian staff and their families might have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water.How far back does the Camp Lejeune lawsuit go? ›
People who lived and worked at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from 1953 to 1987 are filing Camp Lejeune lawsuits against the U.S. government for compensation because of cancer and other medical problems they developed after exposure to contaminated water at the base.What illness is covered in Camp Lejeune lawsuit? ›
The chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune have been linked to aplastic anemia, which is a condition in which the body does not produce enough new blood cells. Risk factors that have been linked to aplastic anemia include exposure to chemicals like benzene and trichloroethylene.
Anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may now be able to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit to pursue compensation for their injuries. Even if your loved one passed away decades ago, you may still be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit on their behalf.Who qualifies for compensation at Camp Lejeune? ›
U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and civilians who resided at or worked in Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1953 and December 1987 are eligible to pursue a settlement.Can you claim in the Camp Lejeune Justice Act even if you are receiving compensation from the VA? ›
If you already receive VA benefits or services (disability pay or health care services) for conditions related to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, the court awarded relief will be offset by the amount of any disability award, payment, or other benefit VA provided to you related to your exposure at Camp Lejeune.Can Camp Lejeune lawsuit affect disability benefits? ›
The PACT Act includes a specific provision that states that any compensation received for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit must be offset by any disability award, payment, or benefit from the VA, Medicare, and Medicaid.
What is the most feared marine unit? ›
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines is the most highly decorated battalion in the United States Marine Corps. Its motto comes from its actions at Belleau Wood during WW I.What is the most badass marine unit? ›
1. Balls Of The Corps. The 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines infantry battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton, California is also known as “The Thundering Third.” In 1978, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was the company commander of the unit.Why do Marines say 2 5? ›
During Operation Branding Iron, camera crews from the National Geographic Channel were imbedded with 2/5, documenting the battalion's actions during that operation, which they conducted while other USMC units were in the process of withdrawing from the theater of operations.What percentage do lawyers get for Camp Lejeune settlement? ›
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 provided that the attorney fees are limited to 20% or 25% of the recovery or settlement.How long do I have to file a claim for Camp Lejeune? ›
Veterans have two years from the law's inception to file their lawsuits. Those who file legal action will need to show proof of the harm the contaminated water caused.What is the largest Marine Corps base? ›
About Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the Corps' largest West Coast expeditionary training facility, encompasses more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain.
Fort Bragg is the largest military post (by population) in the US Military. Fort Bragg is one of the largest military complexes in the world and hosts the only Airborne Corps and Airborne Division known as the 82nd Airborne Division that make 100,000 parachute jumps each year.Where do Marines live at Camp Lejeune? ›
MCAS New River
In McCutcheon Manor, there are 156 three-bedroom and 32 four-bedroom housing units designated for enlisted personnel; there are 56 three-bedroom 16 four-bedroom housing units for senior enlisted personnel (E6-E9).
How long do I need to be Living at Camp Lejeune to be able to participate in the Claims Process? The required amount of time spent at Camp Lejeune to participate in the claims process is at least 30 days.How much money is in the Camp Lejeune Act? ›
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 grants people the right to pursue compensation for health issues from the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Between 2022 and 2031, the Congressional Budget Office estimates spending over $6.1 Billion in Camp Lejeune claims.
Is Camp Lejeune still operating? ›
Today, as in the past, Camp Lejeune's mission remains the same — to maintain combat-ready units for expeditionary deployment.How long is Camp Lejeune water contamination? ›
From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.Is Camp Lejeune safe today? ›
According to the United States Marine Corps, the water at Camp Lejeune is safe to drink today. The water around the base has been checked quarterly, and has been found to be contaminate free since March 1987.Have they cleaned up the water at Camp Lejeune? ›
In 1985, the government shut down those two treatment plants, effectively cutting off the source of the contamination in the drinking water. However, it wasn't until the end of 1987 that the water became completely safe. According to the federal government, water at Camp Lejeune became safe to drink in 1987.How long will it take to get a Camp Lejeune settlement? ›
Camp Lejeune water cases are expected to take one to two years to settle on average, so it may be a good idea to start a Camp Lejeune lawsuit right away.How did they find out Camp Lejeune water contamination? ›
In 1982, Grainger Laboratories in Raleigh, N.C., was hired to test water at Camp Lejeune. The lab's first test shocked chemists. They found "synthetic organic cleaning solvents" contaminating water from two of the base's largest living areas, where thousands of Marines and family lived.Who qualifies for Camp Lejeune lawsuit? ›
Under the law, anyone who “resided, worked, or was otherwise exposed” to Camp Lejeune drinking water for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may be eligible to file a damages claim.How many victims did Camp Lejeune have? ›
From 1953 to 1987, at least one million enlisted servicemen and women, their families, and civilian staff were poisoned by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina.What are the neurological diseases in Camp Lejeune? ›
Exposure to Camp Lejeune water contaminated with toxic chemicals that damage how the nervous system works has caused emotional, behavioral and learning problems. These neurobehavioral effects include memory problems, insomnia, headaches, poor concentration, dementia, anxiety and Parkinson's disease.How much is the compensation for the Camp Lejeune lawsuit? ›
In the Camp Lejeune cases, the primary injuries will be Parkinson's disease, lung cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, kidney cancer, and lymphoma. Based on these last points of comparison, our lawyers think the Camp Lejeune lawsuit cancer cases could have settlement amounts between $175,000 and $350,000.
Who pays for Camp Lejeune water contamination? ›
Scope of Medical Care
For conditions related to potential chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune (a qualifying condition), the VA will generally pay for all care related to the condition. Care for other health conditions related to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune may require a copayment.
People affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune military base have until August 10, 2024, to file a claim. If you already filed a claim and it was denied, you should immediately consult with a personal injury lawyer at Regan Zambri Long, as you only have six months to appeal the denial.Who benefits from Camp Lejeune lawsuit? ›
If you or a loved one served at the Camp Lejeune military base between the years 1953 to 1987, for a minimum of 30 days, then you are deemed eligible for compensation. Military disability applies to veterans who served at Camp Lejeune and were medically affected by the consumption of toxins in the drinking water.