VA Proposes Expanded Eligibility in Marine Toxic Water Case

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Expanded benefits planned for Camp Lejeune toxic water victims.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More veterans would be eligible for disability benefits if they were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina under a proposal announced Thursday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonald’s proposal also would expand benefits eligibility to Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune from Aug. 1, 1953, through Dec. 31, 1987. VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillion said while a decision on the plan is pending, the department will continue to grant all claims for disabilities that it can be determined on a case-by-case basis were caused by exposure to the Camp Lejeune contaminants.

Dillon said that if a claim for service connection for one of the proposed presumptive conditions would be denied under current procedures, the denial will be stayed until the VA issues its final regulations.

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