In the wake of the historic decision to make $2 billion in disability benefits available to veterans who were victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination, many veterans have questions about the process of securing benefits. Therefore, VA officials along with a Community Assistance Panel are holding information sessions for veterans to discuss the situation, including how the government will compensate those exposed to the contaminated drinking water.
The first of three information sessions was held on Saturday, January 21 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Several issues were raised during the first session, including whether dependents who suffered injury after they were exposed to contaminated water while living at Camp Lejeune can recover disability benefits as well. Per a VA official at the meeting, as of this writing, dependents are not eligible for these benefits yet, but Congress has the power to amend the legislation to allow dependents access to the disability benefits in the future.
How Do Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims Recover Disability Benefits?
Speaking to a VA benefits attorney before filing a disability claim can save veterans time and ensure that the process goes more smoothly. A veterans’ benefits lawyer will be able to answer any questions veterans and their families have about the process, explain to them what to expect when they apply and help them overcome any problems they face. Veterans pursuing disability benefits can many times have their initial application denied. If this is the case, the veterans will have to go through the appeals process, which can be complex. Having a disability benefits attorney representing their interests can help veterans avoid having their initial claim or appeal denied.