Article courtesy of James LaPorta | December 9, 2015 | JDNews.com| Shared as educational material
After the death of a 6 year old girl from Leukemia as being exposed to the toxic water in Camp Lejeune, multiple veterans organizations came together to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Specifically, the FOIA seeks to obtain information related to the Camp Lejeune Subject Matter Expert (SME) program, which reportedly is a group of anonymous clinicians who have been providing the VA with medical opinions that help determine the validity of disability entitlements made by veterans who claim to have diseases linked to the worst toxic contamination event in U.S. history, according to the release.
The press release states that of the 1 million individuals exposed to poisonous water at Camp Lejeune, the VA had decided on 9,636 veteran disability claims: denying 8,909 and granting 778 — a VA denial rate of 92 percent. Only 8 percent of veterans with a claim related to the Camp Lejeune water contamination incident receive connected benefits.
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