Congress Passes The Honoring Our PACT Act 2022

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The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is heading to the President’s desk and will soon become law. Nearly 40 years after the contamination was confirmed to be a serious health threat, this bipartisan legislation passed through the Senate on the evening of August 3, 2022. The law will provide long-overdue judicial relief to victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

This summer, Congress folded the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into a broader bill that aims to give health coverage to millions who were sickened by smoke from “burn puts” during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The House of Representatives passed that bill last month, and in June President Joe Biden said he would sign a version of the bill right away. The president said, “It will offer critical support to survivors who were harmed by exposures, including from water contamination at Camp Lejeune.”

If you are a veteran, reservist, guardsman, or family member who lived or served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, you may have had contact with contaminated drinking water. Scientific and medical evidence has shown an association between exposure to these contaminants during military service and the development of certain diseases later on.

Veterans, reservists, guardsmen, or family members may be eligible for compensation benefits if they meet all of the following requirements.

1. You served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 and December 1987, AND

2. You did not receive a dishonorable discharge when you separated from the military

3. You have been diagnosed with one or more of these conditions:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cardiac Defects
  • Breast Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Kidney Failure
  • Scleroderma
  • Hepatic Steatosis

Call our office today or fill out a free case evaluation if you believe that you meet all of the above criteria for possible compensation.

To read the full bill you can click on PACT Act, with the portion on Camp Lejeune specifically beginning on Page 111.