Post by helpshareplease on Aug 19, 2022 16:55:00 GMT -5
I keep seeing adds about this all over the place. My Father did develop Lymphoma in December of 2021. He is cancer free as of May 2022. (Thanks to OSU's aggressive treatments.) Part of me is wondering if this should be something we pursue. We were stationed there form 1984-1992. Should we possibly look to the VA for help? I know that my Dad has had all the issues. @@@@@@@@@ BUT I'm wondering if I or my daughters have any footing here. (I'm the only Tar Heel in my family) I have ADD and my youngest child has Autism. My oldest has ADHD (I know that these things are not something that you "catch". I'm not stupid. I'm not even looking for $$$$$$) but I have huge "what if" standing around in the back of my mind. I know that the lawsuit mentions certain conditions and other than my dad's cancer it doesn't really apply. But I still wonder.
My Mom always told me when I was younger, that if I had birth conception issues / ovary issues
"It's because of Lejeune's water"
From what I read; I think my dad should be eligible. Not sure about my situation personally / generationally.
It's incredible how all this stuff comes to light, like a million years after the fact. Even when they knew about it in the it back in the late 80's90's.
I’m currently stationed in NC, and we’re seeing the adds all over the place. The local news has been covering it too. He can go talk to the VA but I don’t know how much they’ll do (especially if he’s already been treated). You could try to get him on one of the class-action lawsuits, but definitely beware because there are scam lawyers out there trying to capitalize on this.
I’ve been on active duty for almost 20 years….and between base housing, burn pits, shoddy deployed lodging, drinking from plastic water bottles that were left out in the sun, radiation exposure doing my job….I feel like I’m kind of doomed. I’ve loved much career, but if I’d known about all that I would be exposed to, I honestly don’t know that I would have chosen this path.
I would start with the VA or VFW. Does he receive any VA benefits currently (health, disability, etc). My father in laws cancer was determined to be related to his time in Vietnam and received monthly VA disability for it. It’s worth pursuing even outside of the lejune situation. Depending on the disability rating, the amount can be pretty significant (and it’s not related to employability unless it’s 100).
I am not familiar with the lawsuit. But my dad did apply for and receive a large increase in his VA disability due to PTSD/ alcoholism/ causing an additional disease, so he may want to start the process to increase his disability even if the cancer is in remission because there were money he spent when he did have cancer and the cancer could come back, so I would want that documented officially in the disability increase file due to him officially filing for more disability.