Attention Veterans with MS
If you are living with MS and were stationed or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987, you might have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. It is important that you register with the U.S. Navy’s registry which has been established to provide information to individuals exposed to the contaminated water. Research on the health effects is ongoing.
In the recently released web book “Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune: Assessing Potential Health Effects," multiple sclerosis is listed as one of several illnesses where there is inadequate or insufficient evidence to determine whether an association exists.
You can help advance this research by registering. For more information, call the Department of Navy toll-free at (877) 261-9782. The Call Center staff can be reached Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Former residents and employees of Camp LeJeune can now register at the official Marine Corps water study website for notification and information regarding past drinking water contamination. In addition, the Veterans Administration has established a disability claims center to research and adjudicate all claims related to the contaminated water. Those veterans’ filing claims for service-connected disability must show that their exposure is the cause for their disability. To learn more about the registry and the disability claims process, contact the Society’s Information Resource Center at 1-800-344-4867 or check out veteran resources by clicking here.
The North Carolina Congressional Delegation has led efforts in Washington to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health care to all veterans and their families who have suffered adverse health effects after exposure toatoxin. U.S. Senate Bill 277 and House Bill 1742 make those exposed eligible for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for any condition or disability associated with exposure to such contaminants.