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Victims, survivors, and families who suffered exposure to toxic drinking and bathing water while stationed at Camp Lejeune can get justice and compensation

Victims, survivors, and families who suffered exposure to toxic drinking and bathing water while stationed at Camp Lejeune can get justice and compensation

Victims, survivors, and families diagnosed with any of the following conditions after being stationed at the North Carolina military base from 1953 through 1987 are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Cardiac birth defects
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hepatic steatosis  (fatty liver disease)
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma


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How toxic materials in the water at Camp Lejeune affected soldiers, survivors, and families


Due to the dumping of oil, industrial wastewater, and radioactive chemicals into storm drains, soldiers, workers, and families stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from August 1953 through December 1987 might have been exposed to toxic groundwater.

At the Tarawa Terrace family housing units, the drinking and bathing water might possibly have been contaminated with one or more of the following toxins:

  • Perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry-cleaning solvent;
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser;
  • Benzene, an industrial solvent; and,
  • Vinyl chloride, a colorless, flammable gas used in plastics.

The levels of both chemicals PCE and TCE found in the groundwater during this time period exceeded recommended safe levels allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act.

As chemicals from several local businesses adjacent to the Camp Lejeune military base leaked into water supplying the Tarawa Terrace drinking water system, veterans, workers, and families were exposed to health-threatening conditions.

Although the base shut down the Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant in 1987 when it found out about the toxic contamination, the damage to peoples’ health had already been done and senior base officials then made the decision to cover it up.

More and more soldiers and families are coming forward thanks to two pieces of legislation


In response to the reports of serious health conditions suffered by those on the base, Congress acted by passing two specific pieces of legislation that would open the door for justice and compensation to those affected.

H.R.1627 - Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 was the first piece of legislation specifically designed to improve the living conditions of all those affected in the following ways:

  • Homeless matters;
  • Education matters;
  • Healthcare matters;
  • Housing matters;
  • Retroactive benefits;
  • Memorial, burial, and cemetery benefits; and,
  • Other business-related benefits.

The second piece of legislation was referred to as H.R.2192 - Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, and stated that affected individuals could not only sue and recover damages for harmful exposure to contaminated water, but specifically prohibited the federal government from asserting immunity and protection from litigation in response to lawsuits filed by those affected.

The USA Assistance Team believes that victims, survivors, and families of exposure to toxic poisonings from Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base should receive compensation and justice as outlined in both H.R.1627 - Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 and H.R.2192 - Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021.

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