VA Expands Medical Care for Veterans Stationed at Camp Lejeune

Aug 13, 2012 Issues: Veterans

 

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will provide immediate medical care for veterans who served on active duty at Camp Lejeune, VA for at least 30 days between 1957 and 1987 and are exhibiting certain medical conditions. President Obama signed Public Law 112-154, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, on August 6, 2012. The law directs the VA to provide medical care for veterans and family members present at Camp Lejeune during the affected years.
Illnesses or conditions covered under this new authority include:
 
Esophageal cancer. 
Lung cancer
Breast cancer
Bladder cancer
Kidney cancer
Leukemia
Multiple myeloma
Myleodysplasic syndromes
Renal toxicity
Hepatic steatosis
Female infertility
Miscarriage
Scleroderma
Neurobehavioral effects
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
 
“Public Law 112-154 seeks to provide extended medical care to veterans and family members who may have become ill because of water contamination at Camp Lejeune,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I hope the bill will bring some relief for those still suffering, and I encourage veterans on Guam who were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 to visit the VA if they have been diagnosed with any of the listed illnesses.”