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The Department of Veterans Affairs finalized regulations effective March 14, 2017 to establish new presumptions of service connection for eight conditions for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. If you have a record of service at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, served there for at least 30 days during that period, and developed a condition that you believe is related to exposure to the drinking water at the base, VA recommends you file a disability compensation claim (which Plumas County Veterans Services will assist you with please call 283-6275/6271). Presumptive conditions are Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Adult Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Bladder Cancer, Parkinson ’s disease, and Aplastic Anemia/Myelodysplastic Syndromes. The rule applies to all military active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel that meet the requirements. Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between the dates above are already eligible to receive VA healthcare for up to the 15 health conditions of esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, multiple myeloma, leukemia, miscarriage, renal toxicity, neurobehavioral effects,lung cancer, bladder cancer, myelodysplastic syndrome, hepatic steatosis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and scleroderma. More information can be found online at: VA is reimbursing certain Veterans’ family members for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered conditions. More information can be found at: This new regulation became final on January 13, 2017 and the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) is working to implement the rule within 60 days (effective March 14, 2017).

The Plumas County Veterans Service Office issues the DMV form in our office to get veteran status on California Drivers Licenses to Veterans honorably discharged. We have outreach services now in Chester/Greenville on Wed and outreach services in Portola on Thursdays. If you want to make an appointment for a representative to meet you in Chester/Greenville/Crescent Mills and Portola contact 283-6271/6275. Kyle Short (VA Van Coordinator and claims representative 283-6271 coordinates the VA Veterans Van that departs from Quincy on Tues/Thurs at 0700 to VAMC Reno) You must have an appointment at the VAMC Reno to access the VA Van. If you are 60 years or older or disabled, and live in Plumas County you can access the Senior Transportation Department for rides to medical appointments on days other than Tues/Thurs by calling Senior Transportation at 283-3546.

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