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11 Nov 2022

Helping Veterans Is Core to Zimmerman Reed’s Mission

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” 

Arthur Ashe


At ZR, we join with others across the United States in honoring the contributions of the men and women who have served in the military. From our very beginnings, we have fought for the rights of veterans in a wide variety of cases. We work to make sure that veterans—and their families—receive the full protection of the law. We help veterans enforce rights specifically designed for members of the military and pursue litigation for other harms suffered during and after service. Whatever the claim, we believe in taking care of those who’ve taken care of all of us through their service to our country.

Zimmerman Reed: The Law’s Proud Tradition of Service to Veterans

As lawyers, we know that the history of attorneys helping protect the rights of military members goes back to start of America. Alexander Hamilton—an attorney and a veteran—used his role as the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury to establish pensions for veterans of the Revolutionary War. Since then, veterans have repeatedly turned to members of the legal profession to address wrongs suffered during their service and after their return to civilian life. For example, attorneys used class action litigation during the case of In re Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation, to help millions of Vietnam War veterans get compensation for injuries caused by the hazards of modern warfare.

Those efforts continue. The power of class actions is in helping veterans and their families find recovery for wrongs suffered during military service. From faulty hearing protection to exposure to deadly chemicals from burn pits and other sources, class actions offer veterans a way to receive damages for harms they should not have had to face.

Community Impact: Camp LeJeune Water Contamination Representations

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 became law on August 10, 2022. Under its terms, Marines, their families, and other people stationed at Camp Lejeune can seek compensation because of water contamination at the Base. The law applies to the more than one million people who were stationed or worked at Camp Lejeune for no less than thirty days anytime between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. Compensation is available for certain cancers, birth defects, Parkinson’s Disease, and many other health issues.

The new law allows individuals exposed to water contaminants at Camp Lejeune to file a claim with the government for harm from exposure to the contaminated water. Individuals who do not resolve their claim with the government can now file a lawsuit in federal court. ZR is proud to be able to help affected individuals understand their rights and file a claim that accurately reflects everything they have endured.


ZR helps veterans and their families protect their rights. Do you know if you or someone you care about might have claim? Find out more here.

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