Veterans, former reservists and former National Guard members who served Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and have been diagnosed with one of eight diseases are eligible.
"We know that the modern battlefield includes perils even for the veteran who hasn't been engaged in combat."
"This is the beginning of the end. It's about time."
Veterans who were exposed to contaminated water are seeing a disturbing pattern of disability claim denials.
A variety of court decisions prevent statutes of repose from operating retroactively. There would be merit in a "blue-ribbon commission" suggesting model statute of limitation and statute of repose legislation to the states. Of course, a variety of political considerations will doubtless influence any legislative action.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in July 2013 that the federal law overrides the state law. On Monday