Federal Government to pay $2+ billion to Marines affected by toxic water
As reported in multiple news outlets,* the Federal Government has agreed to pay $2.2 billion over the next five years to provide benefits to veterans exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejuene over a 30-year period. This agreement is good news for veterans who may be entitled to disability payments for certain illnesses that are a direct result of the toxic water. The ruling only covers active duty, reserve, and National Guard members who became ill due to exposure.
The settlement does not, however, include benefits for dependent spouses and children, or civilians who were stationed on the base from 1953 – 1987. “We are pleased that the veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune are finally being awarded some benefits, however they deserve much more,” says Ed Bell, of Bell Legal Group. “We are very disappointed that these benefits do not apply to the spouses and children of these patriotic Marines. Our hope is to see that justice extends to them also, as they are the victims of this tragedy, as well.”
A dark period in American History
It’s one of the worst tragedies in the United States. Men, women and children were affected. They suffered…and still suffer today. Hundreds of American citizens, young and old, have been stricken with horrible illnesses and rare diseases that harm, disfigure, maim, and even kill. An estimated 750,000+ people were exposed to toxic water at the U.S. Marine Base Camp in North Carolina. What’s worse, it could have been stopped and it wasn’t. Senior military leaders knew of the risks and chose not to act. They concealed knowledge of the problem. Now it’s time for justice: for the brave men and women who served our country. If you or a loved one lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953-1987, we’d like to know. You could be a victim. We want to help you find justice.
Are you or your family a victim? Call Bell Legal Group
This horrible tragedy has destroyed the lives of countless families for decades—to this very day. If you were at Camp Lejeune at any point between 1953-1987, we would like to hear from you. Time is of the essence so don’t delay, less the window of opportunity for you to take action closes. Contact Bell Legal Group today at 843-546-2408 or visit our website, Lejeune Contamination to learn more.