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Veterans Disability Benefits for Contaminated Groundwater
There Are Many Instances Where The Military Knew That Service Members and Their Families Were Being Exposed.
While Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina is by far the most relevant and noteworthy case of contaminated water, it’s not the only instance of this occurring.
Sadly, the United States military provided troops and their family members with contaminated groundwater for decades, all while knowing the water itself was contaminated and that people were being exposed.
It’s suspected that many generations of military members have not only developed serious medical conditions but have also lost their lives due to contaminated groundwater poisoning.
Here’s some more information about each major contaminated groundwater situation:
• Camp Lejeune:
For decades, service members and their families drank and bathed in contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. For decades, contaminants such as dry-cleaning agents and fuel were leaking into this water supply. The consensus is that military officials knew this was taking place and did not express that knowledge to those living and working at Camp Lejeune.
• Anniston Army Depot:
Located in Bynum, Alabama, the Anniston Army Depot was where the United States military stored ammunitions, chemicals, fuel, and other toxic compounds for years. It was uncovered that many of these substances also leaked into the groundwater and that some water was used by troops and their families. Some of what was found in the groundwater at Anniston was Agent Orange, Agent Blue, and Mustard Gas.
• Camp Pendleton:
Camp Pendleton is a Marine Corp training facility in California. The groundwater and soil are so polluted that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has considered this location to be what they call a “Superfund Clean Up Site.” In other words, it’s incredibly likely that the military members and their families who worked and lived there were drinking heavily polluted water that led to horrific medical conditions.
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Compensation For Veterans That Were Poisoned
Veterans that were sadly exposed to contaminated groundwater and have service-connected impairments may be eligible to receive over $3,300.00 a month in compensation.
Veterans that have dependent children and parents can receive extra monthly compensation.
Furthermore, Veterans unable to work or maintain gainful employment due to service-connected disabilities stemming from exposure to contaminated groundwater may be entitled to Total Disability Individual Unemployability benefits.
Your effective date will determine when you should have begun receiving disability benefits, and when you’re approved for contaminated groundwater, you may also find that you’re entitled to back pay.
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Help For Dependents Who Were Left Behind
If you were married to a Veteran who passed away from a service-connected groundwater impairment, you might be entitled to receive DIC benefits for widows.
The Veterans Administration offers DIC benefits to help families that were sadly left behind.
In some situations, there are various VA benefits for children of deceased Veterans.
Unfortunately, the VA denies many of these claims due to lack of evidence, but our experienced attorneys have investigated numerous contaminated groundwater claims and have fought for a clear path to victory for those in need of help and closure.
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