VA Announces Camp LeJeune Medical Reimbursement Program | Veterans for Common Sense

Did you live at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1957-87? Veterans and their families who lived at the U.S. Marine Corps base and were potentially affected by contaminated water may be eligible for VA health benefits. 

Learn more:


October 25, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced publication of the regulations in the Federal Register regarding provision of medical care to Veterans and reimbursement for care to their family members who were exposed to chemically contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The regulations implement provisions of the “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012,” which President Obama signed into law on August 6, 2012.  VA will provide hospital care and medical services to eligible Camp Lejeune Veterans and reimburse eligible family members for care for one or more of the 15 illnesses or conditions specified in the Act.

To be eligible for care, Veterans must have served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.  Veterans who are determined to be eligible under the Camp Lejeune authority will not be charged a copayment for treatment associated to the 15 stated conditions nor will their third party insurance be billed for these medical services.

VA may also reimburse eligible family members of Camp Lejeune Veterans for health care related to the 15 conditions. Eligible family members must have resided on Camp Lejeune as a dependent of an Active Duty Service member for no less than 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987 to receive benefits.  VA will also reimburse costs associated with hospital care and medical services, as the last payer, for the Veterans’ family members, including individuals who may have been in utero, for the same 15 illnesses or conditions.  Once those individuals have submitted claims to their insurance companies, they can apply to VA for reimbursement of the remaining balance of charges and fees connected to the qualifying illnesses.

Interested family members may apply online at  Submitted applications and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine family member eligibility for the program.  If you have questions regarding applying for CLFMP benefits, claims payment, appeals, or other related matters, feel free to call toll-free at 1-866-372-1144.  Additional CLFMP information is located online at the website listed above.

The law requires VA to provide health care for the following illnesses or conditions:

  • Bladder cancer                                                          • Miscarriage
  • Breast cancer                                                            • Multiple myeloma
  • Esophageal cancer                                                     • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Female infertility                                                      • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Hepatic steatosis                                                      • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Kidney cancer                                                           • Renal toxicity
  • Leukemia                                                                  • Scleroderma
  • Lung Cancer

VHA Office of Public Health offers a website dedicated to the Camp Lejeune Program and information regarding eligibility at:

Veterans seeking more information about VA’s Camp Lejeune Program can call 1–877–222–VETS (8387).  Additionally, Veterans seeking to enroll in VA health benefits can enroll online at

Please share this information with other Veterans and their families.  Thank you for your service.


Terry Walters, MD, MPH
Camp Lejeune Implementation Task Force

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9 Responses to VA Announces Camp LeJeune Medical Reimbursement Program | Veterans for Common Sense

  1. Jack S. says:

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of Veterans For Common Sence;
    I’m an Honorably Discharged Vietnam Vet (Nam 67-68) now staying at a V.A. facility south of Boston (Brookline Ma VA) and while staying here I have become the Victim of a THIEF!!!
    STOLEN where my most Valued Possessions. There are two locking draws at my access but REPEATED Requets for a key where DENIED!!! Now My Things are Gone!!!
    Why do I tell You-All this? So You don’t fall Prey to some Dirt-Bag of a THIEF, like I did. (I believe it was another Vet. NOT STAFF!!!) So, Don’t bring any thing You care about with You because the THIEVES Are Here!!!
    I have written VA Sec McDonald many times but I believe He is USLESS!!! Just a guy collecting a Pay-Check!!!
    (in case You Have not Heard it) “Welcom Home”!!! (Back in “68” We wern’t very popular)
    Take Good Care.

  2. Fredrick Draves says:

    I was stations at Camp LeJeune Dec. 1961 Jan Feb and some of march and April of 1962 I have had cancer of the rectum and colon. kidney diseases, liver diseases with the removal of my gallbladder, bleeding kidneys, autoimmune disease and squamous cell of the rectum a rare malignancy and my kidney have come closes to quitting.

  3. cecil friend says: would appreciate any u.s.m.c. vets who have dealt or dealing with the path/way to gain more info to file claim with V.A. an medical care ! stationed at Lejeune from dec 58
    to July 1961 . I WAS NOT AWARE of anything till a friend mentioned a few months ago that he saw something on the new about chemical /hazardous pollution in the drinking water …thanks to all vets…spent 6 years aboard maritime vessels supplying all munitions an troops an you name it…From 1967 thru Feb 1973 admired the two T2 Tankers supplying electricity for the base !

  4. Fredrick Draves says:

    I have been called by Q. T. C. Med Services for the VA. Should you get and Lawyer before talking to them? I hear they try and screw you. That is what I’ve been told. I”m all ready with the VA I started in 2005. Camp LeJeune 1961 & 1962.

  5. Fredrick Draves says:

    Went to Q.T.C. Med Services, November 3rd, 2016. Didn’t receive travel pay for trip as of December 10th, 2016. American Legion Service Officer said I have a 10{cd9ac3671b356cd86fdb96f1eda7eb3bb1367f54cff58cc36abbd73c33c82e1d} service con for hearing loss. You will still hear the same things from your VA doctors. None of them will commit to anything other than we can’t say. It’s up to them. WHO are THEM?

  6. Fredrick Draves, News story Jan 17,2017. Water contaminated at Paris Island, S.C. More Leukemia. more stone walling. says:

    News story Jan 17th, 2017 More Leukemia found, This time at Paris Island from contaminated water. will it take the Marine Corp another 50 years. Stone walling once again

  7. janis meehan says:

    was at lejeune and paris island. i have multiple immune disorders and being worked up by gastro.started at lejeune with epstein barr titre so high i was out of work 2 months.

  8. Jesse goodson says:

    My family and I were stationed at Camp Lejeune and stuff from conditions due to the contaminated drinking water. I’m want to know when money that is being spent on studies and research will be paid to the men and women that are being effected by the water.

  9. Kenneth Cline says:

    So my body developed Hodgkin disease in stead of non Hodgkin disease why can’t I get benefits; they refuse when I came down with the disease a few years later and it cost me 90,000 dollers

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