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34-Year Military Veteran Files Claim for Kidney Cancer Following Exposure to Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water

Command Sergeant Major Tyler Walker served his country for 34 years—two in the U.S. Marine Corps and the rest in the U.S. Army. It was his time as a Marine that cost him his health.

As a Marine, Walker was exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “Two years training, living in the barracks, drinking [toxic water], cooking with it, showering with it,” said LPR Attorney Brian Barr in an interview with Steve Murphy, Executive Producer and Host of the Insider Exclusive “Justice in America” program.

In 2006, Walker was diagnosed with kidney cancer, a condition that Veterans Affairs classifies as a presumptive condition linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

In 2017, he filed a claim with the U.S. Navy. The claim was denied.

Now, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, signed by President Biden in August 2022, gives the U.S. government another chance to do right by Walker and millions of other veterans and family members who served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune and suffered illness from toxic water exposure at the base.

“Justice needs to be served…for those Marines, those veterans, as well as their family members, that served during that era,” Walker said.

And so, Walker has filed another claim—but this time, he’s not alone. LPR’s Barr is representing Walker in his fight to recover damages resulting from his cancer diagnosis.

Walker explained to Murphy why he chose LPR to represent him in this fight.

“You want someone to represent you who is straight up, honest, no sugar coating, straight to the point, and [who] gets the job done,” Walker said, adding, “When I first met Brian [Barr], I knew that’s the person I need to support me. That’s the person I want to walk with to make sure that justice is done.”