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on board and co/sponsor S2251, which allows
100 percent service
connected disabled veterans to access the
Space A program on Military
Aircraft. This is the best way to fix
the wrong when 100 percent service
veterans were left out of the program.
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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the
service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants
in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The presumption of service connection
applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp
Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and
December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
“We have a responsibility to take
care of those who have served our Nation and have been exposed to harm as a
result of that service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.
“Establishing a presumption for service at Camp Lejeune will make it easier for
those Veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”
Environmental health experts in VA’s
Technical Workgroup conducted comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence,
which included analysis and research done by the Department of Health and Human
Service’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Environmental
Protection Agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the
National Toxicology Program, and the National Academies of Science.
Veterans with 30 or more cumulative days of
active duty service, at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period are
already eligible for certain medical benefits, following passage of the
Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.
In the early 1980s, volatile organic
compounds, trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene
(PCE), a dry cleaning agent, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride, were
discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The
contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.
The area included in this presumption is
all of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, including satellite camps and housing
The rule will be effective either 60 days
after publication in the Federal Register, or following conclusion of the
60-day Congressional Review, whichever is later.
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