Veterans and their families who may have been exposed to chemical contaminants in their drinking water while at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina at any time from 1957 to 1987 will now be eligible for treatment in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system after President Obama signed into law August 6 legislation unanimously passed by both houses of Congress.
Previously, the VA was hesitant to treat these individuals because they were not considered a high enough priority when allocating resources to address medical conditions that were caused by or emerged during active military service (Mitka M. JAMA. 2012;307:1476). But on July 31, the House passed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (HR1627 [http://thomas.loc.gov]), which expands VA activities and provides immediate VA health care to Camp Lejeune veterans and their families.
Mitka M. Bad Water Resolved. JAMA. 2012;308(10):964. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.11536