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VA Failing Veterans Affected By Toxic Exposure And How Camp Lejeune Justice Act Of 2021 May Aid Rejection Crisis

The Free Press

In March of the same year, Matthew Cartwright submitted the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 to the House for consideration. Even though it was seldom discussed and its progress was ultimately stunted, the bill was redrafted the following year and received strong support from both democrats and republicans.

The US army’s century-old practice of storing dangerous materials and substances near or on military base grounds exposed numerous servicemen and women across the country to severe and long-term health hazards.

Even though contamination wasn’t intentional, soldiers’ families stationed in the same locations were likewise exposed to a broad range of toxins known to produce deadly and debilitating conditions.

North Carolina’s infamous Camp Lejeune is perhaps the most well-known case of extensive toxic contamination, with up to 1 million marines and their relatives stationed at the site being unwittingly exposed to unsafe substances for the better part of three decades starting in the early 50s.

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is aware of the base’s harmful legacy and its effects on soldiers and their loved ones, it has repeatedly denied affected veterans and their kin justified compensation and benefits by repeatedly rejecting toxic injury claims.     

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