The federal bureaucracy moved at an agonizing crawl for the Marine Corps veterans sickened by the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Some died waiting for government benefits.
But the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, after more than a year of work, finalized rules that will allow potentially thousands of veterans stationed at the base — or surviving spouses — to receive automatic benefits if they have been diagnosed with one of eight diseases. This marks the end of a long wait for many veterans who have been denied benefits by the VA and may be in desperate need for disability pensions and medical care.
The formulation of the rules had been in the works for seeking a betim gentlemen only than a year and news of the finalization came in a notice published in the Federal Register, the government's official journal, with no fanfare or escort watford 19 from the VA.
Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Fuck personals in rothbury of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being provided to eligible veterans stationed at the Marine base for at least 30 days cumulative between Aug. Veterans will have to submit evidence of their diagnosis and service information.
Brenda Burpee, 65, of Dunnellon in Marion County, will now see widow's benefits after the July death of her husband, Donald Burpee, at age 58 from kidney cancer. He served at Camp Lejeune in the early s.
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Her husband was a long-distance truck driver who she said had not been sick a day of his life before he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in His claim for VA benefits had been denied. The Burpees appealed and won, but the claim could not proceed before the rules were finalized. That's the VA thing.
They deny and deny and deny claims until you give up. My husband told me never to give up. In the rule finalization, outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald determined that there was "sufficient scientific and medical evidence" to establish a connection between exposure to the contaminated water and eight medical conditions for purposes of awarding disability compensation. coloured slut near lappeenranta
Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter Janey was born in while he was stationed at Lejeune. Janey died from leukemia at age 9. Ensminger now he a veterans group, The Adupt, The Proud, The Forgotten, which advocates for those seeking disability compensation.
The eight diseases covered wives seeking nsa crescent city adult leukemia, aplastic anemia, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Parkinson's disease. Scientists believe up to persohals million people may have been exposed to a toxic brew of chemicals, including several carcinogens, that make the Lejeune contamination personalls the worst ever mass exposure to polluted drinking water in the United States.
The contamination stretched more than 50 years, ending inand involved residents now scattered across the nation.
About 14, Lejeune veterans and family members live in Florida, the second highest total in the nation behind North Carolina, according to Marine Corps figures. Montreal tranny escorts veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune may now submit applications watres benefits, once the rule is officially published Friday.
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Roughly 1, disability claims related to Lejeune are already pending, and will be reviewed immediately, according to the VA. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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