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Government Will Pay Camp Lejeune Marines Affected By Toxic Water

01/13/2017 at 10:54 | Shannon Kelley // Staff Writer
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It's been a long time coming for the 900,000 marines affected by toxic water at Camp Lejeune. The US government has agreed to pay out more than $2 billion in tax payer dollars for the next five years covering active duty, Reserve and National Guard members who were at Camp Lejeune 30 cumulative days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and who suffer from one of the eight qualifying diseases shown to have a strong association with the toxic water. Although this is a good start, this won't be the end of the issue. Rick Weidman, executive director of Vietnam Veterans of America says, "Expanded coverage is making progress, but we also need to know whether the government may be purposely leaving people out." The pay outs will being in March, and those veterans affected may now submit their application for benefits.