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ATSDR Health Survey of Marine Corps Personnel and Civilians

ATSDR distributed the Health Survey of Marine Corps Personnel and Civilians in 2011, and expects to deliver results in 2014.

The results from this comprehensive survey will help us answer questions that Marines and their families have about their health. We will be able to help determine if contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune may have affected people’s health. We will also be able to better learn how environmental and chemical exposures affect human health.

Not everyone who lived at Camp Lejeune or Pendleton received a survey. Even if you did not receive a survey, if you lived or worked at one of the bases during the time of the water contamination, the results will apply for you.

Survey facts:

  • The ATSDR Health Survey of Marine Corps Personnel and Civilians was mailed between June and December 2011.
  • About 300,000 people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton before 1986 received surveys.
  • We received more than 70,000 responses before the end of 2011.
  • The 26-page survey asked people where on base they lived at Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton. It also asked them about health conditions they may have experienced.
  • The official survey period is over, but we are still surveying some people who registered with the Marines before July 2011.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. Why are you doing the health survey?


On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act.  This required ATSDR to develop a health survey of persons possibly exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

2. Who was eligible for the survey?


Anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune during the period of drinking water contamination was eligible for the survey.  ATSDR couldn't identify all of these people from available records, so we sent the survey to the people we could identify. 

People who received the survey included:

  • former active duty marines and sailors who were stationed at Camp Lejeune anytime between April 1975 and December 1985
  • civilian employees who worked at the base anytime between October 1972 nd December 1985
  • People who took part in ATSDR’s 1999-2002 survey
  • a sample of former active duty and civilian workers from Camp Pendleton
  • people who requested a health survey by registering with the United States Marine Corps before June 30, 2011 (this effort is ongoing)

3. Why did you survey former active duty and civilian workers from Camp Pendleton?


Active duty and civilians who worked at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune are similar except for their exposures to chemicals in drinking water. The information from those who lived at Camp Pendleton allows us to compare the health experiences between these two groups. This will help us determine if contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune affected people’s health.

4. What conditions did the health survey ask about?


The health survey asked questions about more than twenty different cancers and other diseases. People also had space to report other diseases not mentioned in the survey.

5. When was the survey sent?


The surveys were mailed in waves about every three weeks from June 2011 through December 2011.

6. Why didn’t I get a survey?


You may not have received a survey because you are not part of one of the groups included in the health survey. The following groups were included in the health survey:

  • former active duty marines and sailors who were stationed at Camp Lejeune anytime during April 1975 and December 1985
  • civilian employees who worked at the base anytime during October 1972 to December 1985
  • people who took part in ATSDR’s 1999-2002 survey
  • a sample of former active duty and civilian workers from Camp Pendleton
  • people who requested a health survey by registering with the USMC by June 30, 2011

Even if you did not receive a survey, if you lived or worked at one of the bases during this time, the results will apply to you.

7. When will the survey results be available?


We expect to release the survey findings in 2014. Until then, we will be collecting, analyzing and scientifically verifying the results reported by participants.

ATSDR will make survey results available through a web broadcast. Survey participants will receive a summary of the final report. The findings of the survey also will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Additional information about the survey



Health Survey Press Release


Read ATSDR’s press release about the survey launch.




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