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September 17, 2010

VA Awarded Disability to Camp Lejeune Stationed Troops

Thomas McLaughlin, 68, received a 30-percent disability grant in April for kidney cancer that more likely than not resulted from his residence aboard Lejeune’s Camp Geiger in 1962, according to the VA.

“Last September,
John Hartung of Waukesha, Wis.
, was awarded 30-percent disability for cysts and chronic fatigue related to water exposure.

“In March, Braintree, Mass., resident Paul Buckley received full compensation for a rare and largely incurable blood disease, multiple myeloma.

“Previous claim grants, Ensminger said, have been given to veterans suffering cancer of the hard palate, non-Hodgkins lymphoma and metastatic kidney cancer.”

Full Article at: Another Lejeune vet gets VA disability related to contaminated water

June 22, 2010 7:25 AM
HOPE HODGE

A Marine veteran from Hampden, Mass., is the latest in a series of former Camp Lejeune residents to get full or partial disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs related to exposure to contaminated water aboard the base.

Thomas McLaughlin, 68, received a 30-percent disability grant in April for kidney cancer that more likely than not resulted from his residence aboard Lejeune’s Camp Geiger in 1962, according to the VA. He was honorably discharged from the Corps as a staff sergeant in 1969, and was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

McLaughlin attributes his successful claim to the work of his late wife, Sally, who hired law firm Nixon-Peabody, made contact with doctors and lobbied various Washington, D.C. offices on behalf of her husband and all veterans affected by the volatile organic solvents and benzene that polluted base residential drinking water between the 1950s and 1980s.”

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