Please find attached, the slide shows that were presented during our Veterans Benefits Committee meeting at the Convention
(i): one from VA's Medical Disability Examination Office
(ii) the other from the VA Insurance Center
regarding the issue of whether veterans should file lawsuits for Camp Lejeune claims.
Please make sure veterans understand that any monetary award received from a lawsuit against the federal government will be offset by deductions from VA benefits, Medicare or Medicaid.
Here is the section of the PACT Act that will affect any settlement veterans receive from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
Please make sure the veterans we represent understand these provisions:
From “Honoring Our PACT Act,” Section 804:
Any award made to an individual, or legal representative of an individual, under this section shall be offset by the amount of any disability award, payment, or benefit provided to the individual, or legal representative--
(i) any program under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs;
(ii) the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.);
(iii) (A) the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.);
and (B) in connection with health care or a disability relating to exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune.
Veterans have until August 2024 to decide whether they want to file a lawsuit against the federal government for Camp Lejeune claims.
Please advise them to take their time, and not be pressured by the ads from law firms that most of us have probably seen broadcasted/webcasted.
It was a pleasure to meet some of you at the Convention and I hope to meet many more next year in Charlotte.
American Legion Dept of TX. Division-4: Commander
David Crozier - PUFL Member
Command Communications Director
The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence
American Legion Dept of TX District-21 Commander