CAMP LEJEUNE -- Military vets who served at Camp Lejeune and developed certain illnesses can now apply for disability from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Hundreds of thousands of Marines and other service members were exposed to contaminated water on the base over a 30-year period.

After years of hearings and debate, a new rule took effect Tuesday covering eight serious health conditions.

Veterans who spent at least 30 days at Lejeune from the early '50s to the late '80s are elgible.

But countless family members and dependents are not eligible for the benefits and say the government isn't doing enough.

The VA expects to pay out more than $2 billion to Lejeune veterans over the next five years.

For more details on who's eligible under the program, click the links below.

VA Public Health

VA Benefits