The US government is agreeing to pay $2.2 billion over five years to those affected by decades of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The VA estimates as many as 900,000 service members were potentially exposed to the tainted water between 1953 and 1987. The more than $2 billion deal does not include the cost of VA care already available to those veterans. Benefits from the settlement will go to those diagnosed with eight diseases ranging from adult leukemia, to five types of cancer, to Parkinson's disease. Advocates say the fight is not over, that more diseases should be covered.
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