NERA Endorses Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea to Assist Veterans and Military Families with Camp Lejeune Claims

BMBFC’s experienced environmental litigation team is well-suited to assist and guide those affected by toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune

Falls Church, VA (Dec. 20, 2022) — The Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA) is today announcing its endorsement and recommendation of the experienced environmental litigation team at the law firm of Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea (BMBFC) to help guide and assist its members in navigating legal claims related to exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.

“It is our priority to ensure our members and all those in the military community affected by toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune are represented by an experienced legal team with their best interests at heart,” said NERA National President Joanne M. Elliott. “Given their deep experience in obtaining justice for communities affected by groundwater contamination and their commitment to doing right by veterans, we fully trust the law firm of BMBFC with this important mission.”

In August, the SFC Health Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 was signed into law, opening a path to justice for veterans and their families impacted by Camp Lejeune’s toxic water contamination. Section 804 of the PACT Act, known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, authorizes veterans and military families who were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune from August 1953 to December 1987 to file a lawsuit for harm caused by such exposure. 

“With this new recourse for veterans and their families, there has been an onslaught of advertising targeting our community and, in some instances, causing more confusion,” said Stephen R. Sandy, NERA Past National President. “Getting the right legal advice from a reputable law firm dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcome for its clients is crucial, and that’s why we have turned to the team at BMBFC.”

To best assist those who wish to join the Camp Lejeune Justice Act lawsuit, BMBFC has emphatically agreed to no upfront costs for its clients, capping attorney fees at a reasonable rate, working with veterans to explore any potential impact on their earned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, and counseling claimants on the impact of the offset included in the Camp Lejeune Justice Act before accepting an award.

“My brothers and sisters in the military community who were at Camp Lejeune and have suffered the consequences of its toxic contamination deserve only the best representation in their path to justice,” said Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and Chair of BMBFC’s Military Advisory Board, Jason E. Johns. “As a past State Commander for the VFW Department of Wisconsin, a NERA lifetime associate member, and a longtime VA-accredited attorney, I’ve chosen to partner with Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea because this prestigious group of attorneys shares my dedication to doing right by those who served our country and the loved ones who were by their side as they did.”

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act offers potentially historic benefits to veterans and their families that need to be carefully evaluated by a firm that understands VA disability benefits. NERA encourages anyone who served or lived at Camp Lejeune from Aug. 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987, to visit or call (443) 665-0375 for more information.


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