VA To Check Disability Status Of Marines Exposed To Tainted Water
For more than 30 years, some developed cancers after exposure to chemicals at Camp Lejeune. In other military health news, the Navy looks at its fitness assessment tests.
The Associated Press:
VA To Review Status Of Marines Affected By Tainted Water
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday it will begin reviewing the disability status of Marines who developed cancers and other conditions due to exposure to chemicals that contaminated the water at Camp Lejeune (luh-ZHERN') for more than 30 years. A statement from the VA said the move is in addition to the health care it provides for more than a dozen conditions to eligible veterans who were stationed at the North Carolina base for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987. (8/3)
Navy Changing Body-Fat Rules, Fitness Assessment
The Navy is shaking up its body composition assessment, increasing body fat limits for sailors, moving away from career-ending punishments for failures and taking a deeper look at how it measures health in general. The shifts are a new direction in the fitness program designed to move away from a punitive system to one that encourages year-round fitness, with a focus on helping those struggling to stay fit. (Faram and Myers, 8/3)