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VA Disability is a benefit that provides monthly cash payments to veterans who have a disability connected to their service.  Usually, to receive VA disability a veteran must show that they have a current disability and that such disability was caused by their service.  Under some situations, a disability can be presumed to be caused by service, and thus relieve the veteran of making a showing of service connection.  These presumptions are created when medical science shows a link between a particular type of military service and a specific list of diseases.

The VA has proposed the creation of such a presumption for veterans who served at Camp Lejeune.  There was water contamination for years at the North Caroline Marine camp.  Due to the water contamination, many of the veterans who were stationed at Camp  Lejeune came down with many diseases.  The VA published proposed regulations in January 2016 to make a list of diseases presumed to be service connected for veterans of Camp Lejeune.  These diseases include: Esophageal cancer

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

When these regulations become final, likely in early 2017, a veteran will need only show that they were stationed at Camp Lejeune and have one of the listed diseases to receive VA Disability.   Once the regulation is made final, the VA will presume that the listed diseases are service connected.  For diseases not listed, the veteran can still obtain service connection but must provide evidence that the disease is connected to their service.  Veterans who have been denied VA Disability should seek the assistance of an experienced accredited VA attorney.