From what I have found after doing some checking, the VA itself seems to be sending out a mixed message about
this issue, as to whether an individual who was stationed at Camp Lejeune during the cited time period, and who later developed PCa, will qualify for disability benefits.
and page down to the last paragraph under "Disability Compensation." It reads:"Veterans who are experiencing other health conditions that they think may be related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune are encouraged to contact their primary care provider and to file a claim. VA reviews and decides disability compensation claims on a case-by-case basis."
I find that statement puzzling. PCa is currently not on the list of presumptive conditions, but the VA is saying go ahead and file anyway, as one's situation may qualify on a "case-by-case basis?" Hmmm…
The other reading I did about
the PCa/Camp Lejeune issue on the VA site essentially said that they are "evaluating new evidence as it comes in," and the possibility remains that PCa may "eventually make the list."
For some encouragement, I did find a VA appellate decision from 2014 that suggests there is hope that this could happen:/www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files5/1441955.txt
It's an appeal filed by a Marine who was at Camp Lejeune during the time period and who later developed PCa, and was filing for disability benefits. It's legalese, but what it did was it didn't deny the appeal, but "remanded the issue for further study." This is only one case, of course, but perhaps it shows that the VA is serious about
possibly adding PCa to the list at some point in the future.
So I guess "stay tuned" is the appropriate phrase right now, and keep checking to see what the VA is doing about
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower