Mesothelioma Veterans Benefits
If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the United States military and subsequently developed an asbestos-related illness, you may qualify for veterans’ benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA benefits include monthly disability compensation, free mesothelioma treatment, and monthly pension payouts for those with limited income. Contact us today at the Lanier Law Firm if you have questions about your VA claim.
Eligible military veterans are entitled to receive VA benefits if asbestos exposure in the military causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis. Veterans in all branches have a heightened risk of asbestos exposure compared to civilians.
Asbestos exposure in the Navy accounts for the heaviest military asbestos exposure due to the significant use of asbestos on Navy ships. Asbestos exposure in the Coast Guard was significant for the same reasons.
Army personnel and Marines experienced heavy asbestos exposure on foreign lands when buildings and structures containing asbestos exploded or were demolished. Heavy asbestos exposure in the Army also occurred in army barracks at home and abroad. Asbestos exposure in the Air Force was common for airplane mechanics working with friction parts, brakes, and engines.
Veterans who served in any of these branches and contracted mesothelioma may be eligible for veterans’ benefits to cover health care costs and provide an income. If you served in the Reserves or National Guard, you may also be eligible if you were called to active duty and developed an asbestos-related illness.
Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers can determine which benefits you qualify for and advise you on filing a mesothelioma VA claim.
Types of VA Benefits Available to Veterans
The benefits available to veterans with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses include the following:
- VA disability compensation
- VA pensions for veterans with limited income and resources
- Aid & Attendance or Housebound Benefits for veterans receiving VA pensions
- Free medical treatment without deductibles
- Survivors benefits for families when veterans die of asbestos-related illnesses
VA Disability for Mesothelioma
VA Disability is a monthly tax-free payment for eligible veterans with disabilities stemming from their military service. These are known as service-connected disabilities. You may be eligible if you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness and can prove you were exposed to asbestos while serving on active duty or participating in active or inactive duty training.
You will also need a disability rating, which is a measurement of how disabled you are as a result of your military asbestos exposure. Disability ratings range from 10 to 100 percent, with higher ratings yielding more compensation. The VA will assign your disability rating while processing your claim. If your disability rating is 30 percent or higher, you can receive additional compensation if you have dependents.
The amount you receive is adjusted annually at the same rate as the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients. The table below shows the 2024 VA Disability compensation amounts for veterans with 30 percent and 100 percent ratings:
|Single veteran with no dependents
|Married veteran with a dependent child