Bipartisan Legislation To Expedite Camp Lejeune Cases

Two North Carolina Representatives, Deborah Ross (NC-02) and Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03), have introduced the Camp Lejeune Justice Correction Act to alleviate delays with these cases. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was monumental in offering relief to those harmed by the contaminated water on base, but many are now concerned about the length of time this process is taking.

The Navy said it has received 225,595 claims since the Justice Act was signed, but only 63 offers have been extended and just 32 accepted. The Government’s excuse is that adjudicating the cases is time-consuming, but according to Rep. Deborah Ross, the lack of progress is “absolutely unacceptable.” At this pace, it would take years for everyone’s case to be heard, and sadly, most people affected by the contaminated water do not have the luxury of time.

Rep. Deborah Ross stated, “The legislation we are introducing today will make needed reforms to ensure that veterans nationwide do not face financial or logistical barriers to pursuing the long-overdue remedies they are owed.” The bill will clarify the right to jury trials, address legal fees, and allow for an expanded jurisdiction.

As Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D., stated, “These updates will help alleviate the backlog of cases, ensuring timely resolution and closure for all that have been affected.”

For more details, read the full text of the Camp Lejeune Justice Corrections Act.