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U.S. Senate Passes The Camp Lejeune Justice Act as a Part of the PACT Act

August 08, 2022

WASHINGTON D.C. According to an online news report published on, the United States Senate has finally passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as an element of the PACT Act

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was created and proposed by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr from North Carolina. The PACT Act is a bill that will enhance disability benefits and medical care for millions of military veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits and other toxic substances while serving. The bill won final approval in the U.S. Senate last Tuesday, finally concluding a stalemate over the bill. 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will now go to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law. President Biden stated that this bill "makes good on our sacred obligation" to take care of our military veterans and their families. The U.S. Senate approved the measure by a vote of 86-11. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act bill was approved by the legislature back in June. However, the bill required a technical correction in order to move forward. 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act's delay has angered several veteran groups and veterans advocates like comedian Jon Stewart. A group of military veterans and their families have also been "camping out" at the Capitol until this recent vote. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that he finally had good news for veterans harmed during military service when he reported the final vote last Tuesday. 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act mandates the Veterans Administration to assume that specific cancers and respiratory illnesses are related to toxic chemical exposure. Under this automatic presumption, veterans with these associated diseases and illnesses may obtain disability payments compensating them for their injury without proving their harm was caused by their service. About 70% of disability claims connected to burn pit exposure were denied by the Veterans Administration because of a lack of evidence, such as scientific data or military records from the U.S. Defense Department.

In the past, the U.S. military used burn pits to get rid of human waste, chemicals, tires, cans, plastics, and medical waste. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnam War-era veterans and other veterans will benefit from the PACT Act and the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. For example, the bill adds high blood pressure as a presumptive disease connected to Agent Orange exposure. This bill will cost about $277 billion over ten years.

Did you or a loved one suffer or acquire injuries, cancer, or an illness caused by toxic exposure during military service?  Protect your legal rights by calling Montlick Injury Attorneys Nationwide, 24/7, at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). Our Veterans Disability Lawyers are here to listen, understand your situation, and advise you. 

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