Scott, Coordinator Specialist in Social Policy
has in the past enacted legislation providing authority for the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) to treat certain veterans for specific medical
conditions resulting from their exposure to certain toxic substances or
environmental hazards while on active military duty.
In the 1980s, officials at Camp Lejeune became aware of the presence of
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water samples. Camp Lejeune
was placed on the National Priorities List by the Environmental Protection
Agency in 1989, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
continues to monitor samples from the water table.
The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of
2012 (H.R. 1627, P.L. 112-154, enacted on August 6, 2012) provides
authority for the VA to provide medical services for 15 specific illnesses
to certain veterans as well as their eligible family members, who were
stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from January 1, 1957, to December
In addition to providing the VA authority to provide medical services
associated with these specific illnesses to veterans and their families
stationed at Camp Lejeune during this time period, P.L. 112-154 makes a
number of changes to other VA programs, including housing and other benefit
programs. Some of these changes affect VA administration and expand
congressional oversight of the VA through increased reporting to Congress,
while other changes made by P.L. 112-154 would impact the larger
population of veterans. That is, the changes would impact all veterans
utilizing these programs, not just veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune during
the above specified period.
This report provides information on the various provisions of P.L. 112-154 by
program, benefit, or topic, rather than by each legislative provision.
However, for each change in a program, benefit, etc., the section number
of P.L. 112-154 is provided.
Date of Report: November 5, 2012
Number of Pages: 29 Order Number: R42810 Price: $29.95
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