Veterans and their families who feel that they are entitled to these benefits should contact a Veterans Service Officer, at a Veterans Service Organization or the one your county. The Colorado American Legion Service Officer is Dean Casey and you can contact him by calling 303-914-5585.

Veterans and their families who lived at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1957-1987 may be eligible for health care or reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses for 15 conditions.

On Sept. 24, 2014, VA published regulations for Veteran health care and interim final regulations for family member care.

Below is one of the amendment as posted on the Federal Resister at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/24/2014-22637/hospital-care-and-medical-services-for-camp-lejeune-veterans.

§ 17.400 Hospital care and medical services for Camp Lejeune veterans.

(a) General. In accordance with this section, VA will provide hospital careand medical services to Camp Lejeune veterans. Camp Lejeune veterans will be enrolled pursuant to § 17.36(b)(6).

(b) Definitions. For the purposes of this section:

Camp Lejeune means any area within the borders of the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

Camp Lejeune veteran means any veteran who served at Camp Lejeune on active duty, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(21), in the Armed Forces for at least 30 (consecutive or nonconsecutive) days during the period beginning on January 1, 1957, and ending on December 31, 1987. A veteran served at Camp Lejeune if he or she was stationed at Camp Lejeune, or traveled to Camp Lejeune as part of his or her professional duties.

(c) Limitations. For a Camp Lejeune veteran, VA will assume that illnesses or conditions listed in paragraph (d)(1)(i) through (xv) of this section are attributable to the veteran’s active duty in the Armed Forces unless it is clinically determined, under VA clinical practice guidelines, that such an illness or condition is not attributable to the veteran’s service.

(d) Copayments. (1) Exemption. Camp Lejeune veterans are not subject to copayment requirements for hospital care and medical services provided on or after August 6, 2012, for the following illnesses and conditions:

(i) Esophageal cancer;

(ii) Lung cancer;

(iii) Breast cancer;

(iv) Bladder cancer;

(v) Kidney cancer;

(vi) Leukemia;

(vii) Multiple myeloma;

(viii) Myleodysplasic syndromes;

(ix) Renal toxicity;

(x) Hepatic steatosis;

(xi) Female infertility;

(xii) Miscarriage;

(xiii) Scleroderma;

(xiv) Neurobehavioral effects; and

(xv) Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

(2) Retroactive Exemption. VA will reimburse Camp Lejeune veterans for any copayments paid to VA for hospital care and medical services provided for one of the illnesses or conditions listed in paragraph (d)(1) of this section, if the following are true:

(i) The veteran requested Camp Lejeune veteran status no later than September 24, 2016; and

(ii) VA provided the hospital care or medical services to the Camp Lejeune veteran on or after August 6, 2012.