I am sorry to hear about your wife. I was a Navy Nurse stationed at Camp Lejeune in 1974-76, exposed to the toxic water from the Hadnot Point wells and developed breast cancer in 1998. Fortunately, I am a survivor. I submitted a SC disability claim about a year ago and was recently awarded 50% for the breast cancer and all of the associated conditions related to it and its treatment.
I am also sorry to hear about your renal cancer. You are not alone. There are others who have won claims for other medical conditions, including renal cancer.
Here is a link (top one on the main discussion page) to those that have won recent claims. Look through to find others who won claims for renal cancer.http://www.tftptf.com/v-web/bulletin/bb ... f=1&t=1900
Here is a link to the 4/27/11 VARO Claims training letter.
On page 9, you will see renal cancer and renal toxicity listed as two of the fourteen medical conditions listed as limited/suggestive evidence as caused by the toxic water. http://www.tftptf.com/Misc/Training_Let ... 7_2011.pdf
There is a lot more information in the INFORMATION section at the top of the general discussion page.http://www.tftptf.com/v-web/bulletin/bb ... f=1&t=1461
Here is a link to a VA page that you might find also interesting.http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposure ... search.asp
Requirements for a VA claim -
-proof that you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and exposed to the toxic water. (DD214 if discharged from Lejeune) There are maps on the website showing were the contamination was on base. If you know where you worked or lived, you can prove that you were exposed.
-proof that you have a current (or past) medical condition - medical records of community MDs, surgeons, hospital surgical notes, etc.; any VA records if you were treated at the VA, military records
-evidence to support your claim - a NEXUS letter (see examples in the first link above) from a MD stating that there was a link from the toxic water to your medical condition, any studies showing link between any of the chemicals that were in the water and your kidney condition.
Once you have done all of your homework, you can make an appt with a VA service officer who will submit your claim for you and will represent you if your claim is denied, or you may submit it yourself. This explains your options for applying for a VA claim a bit more...http://www.howtoassemblevaclaims.com/index.php
Hope this helps get you going. Having just been through this process myself, I am happy to share all that I know.