On Wednesday, Congress passed bipartisan legislation called Honor Our PACT Act, which allows individuals who were stationed at a North Carolina base from 1953-1987 to file their claims. President Joe Biden strongly supported the bill’s passage and is expected to sign it into law.
Dangerous chemicals that have seeped into the water are linked to a wide range of health conditions and diseases. Those who have been exposed to the chemicals may have experienced cancer, birth defects, Parkinson’s disease, and other potentially life-threatening injuries.
In a statement to Yellowhammer News, Riley & Jackson, PC praised the law’s passage and touched upon their efforts to help veterans file their claims.
“At Riley & Jackson, we represent veterans and their families who have been injured by toxic water pollution at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, which they claim we’ve been investigating for over a decade,” the company said. “Veterans and their families who were exposed to polluted water at Camp Lejeune and, as a result, contracted deadly cancers and other ailments, have been deprived of the relief they deserve for a long time.”
“We were delighted to see the bipartisan legislation passed by Congress this week finally giving these injured heroes and their families the rights they so desperately deserve,” the company added. “We look forward to President Biden signing the bill into law and giving injured veterans and their families the right to file their claims – a right that every American should have.”
Riley & Jackson, PC is currently scheduling free consultations with those considering making claims.
The contaminated water was found primarily at two treatment plants, Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant and Hadnot Point Treatment Plant.
Tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene (PCE), and trichloroethylene (TCE) were the main toxic chemicals found in factories. Chemicals are used in dry cleaning and cleaning of metal parts of machinery. The contamination was a result of leakage from underground storage tanks and waste disposal sites.
Benefits coverage is available to those who live in the following areas:
- Camp Lejeune Grande Sandy Run
- Stone Bay Rifle Range
- Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River
- Camp Geiger
- Camp Johnson/Montford Point
- Tarawa Terrace
- Holcomb Boulevard
- Hadno Point
- Reservation of military camp Lejeune
- Onslow Beach
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