it is finalized in its current form, the rule would grant ailing veterans who
served at Camp Lejeune over four decades â€œpresumptive statusâ€ that their
maladies were caused by exposure to toxic chemicals in the water at the North Carolina base. The wording is
similar to language in a 1991 law that offered compensation to veterans who were
exposed to dioxin-laced Agent Orange defoliants sprayed on the
jungle during the Vietnam War.
proposed rule, published Friday, September 9, 2016, in the Federal Register,
effectively modifies a 2012 law that provides VA health coverage for veterans who
served at the North Carolina base for at least 30
days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1981.
notice says the comment period is 30 days instead of the usual 60 because time
is of the essence for roughly 30 terminally ill vets to file claims.
you have one of those conditions then you donâ€™t have to go
further with paperwork and documentation to prove that it was caused by the
drinking water at Camp Lejeune. It is presumed that it
was,â€ said VA spokesman Randy Noller.