If a veteran has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and they got the cancer from their service or work in the military, they are eligible for benefits and help from the U.S. government.
How Do I Get VA Benefits?
This is the largest group of individuals that have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. This is because asbestos was used by the military a lot. Veterans who are facing a mesothelioma diagnosis will be able to get disability compensation, pension and other medical assistance from the VA. It may even be possible for spouses and dependents to receive assistance.
Diseases from Asbestos-Related Illnesses Are Recognized through the VA
It may be possible for veterans with mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by asbestos to get financial benefits from the VA.
Help with a Claim
Patients will need to show that they were exposed to asbestos during active duty. It can be very difficult to fill out a claim. However, the VA can help you with this process.
Caregivers and Dependents
Benefits and other forms of support will be given to dependents and caregivers.
Filing a Claim with the VA
Veterans are entitled to a number of benefits such as life insurance, medical care and even compensation for injuries that they may be suffering from. But, they will need to file a claim if they are dealing with mesothelioma related to any exposure that they had during their active duty.
There are a few different ways that you can go about filing your claim. You may want to have the claim adjudicated. This will go through the standard process. If not, you might want to file a claim that is expedited. This will fall under the rules related to a fully developed claim. It will be best to work with a professional at the VA to help you determine which process will be the best for you.
Veterans Service Representatives (VSRs) area professionals that work within the VA. They are able to help you for free and they will be able to make the process less confusing for you. There are even times when the process will be successful because of their help. You are going to have a lot less stress when you have their help and you will be more relaxed.
Eligibility and the Claims Process
There are a few different requirements that must be met if an individual would like to file a claim. First off, the individual has to be diagnosed with mesothelioma and they must have paperwork to prove this. They also must have been discharged from the service honorably.
- The asbestos exposure summary must be completed and other forms must be submitted. Any medical records that can help to support this should also be attached. If there is a report from the biopsy then this should be included.
- Next, the VA is going to review all of the forms.
- There may be times when you will need to go through an exam at your local VA but this may be skipped if you have worked with a claims agent.
- When the records have been evaluated the VA will make a decision related to the compensation that the individual may be entitled to.
- You are going to receive a check for the amount of time between the time your claim was submitted and approved. Then you will receive a check on the first of every month.
The VA is going to determine the amount of exposure to asbestos you had as a civilian compared to the exposure you had while in the military. This is actually very important to your claim. You can work with an agent to help you set up this summary without paying anything.
Benefits & Compensation Through the VA
There are a few things that are going to be considered when it comes to identifying the compensation that someone is entitled to through the VA when they file mesothelioma claims. First off, they are going to identify if the claim is related to an illness before, during or after service. Most of the time, these claims will be considered after your service.
There must be proof that you were exposed during your military service. A claims agent can help with this.
The severity of your disability is going to be figured out once you are found to be eligible. The VA will rate your disability from 10 percent to 100 percent. In most situations, you will see that asbestos cancer and mesothelioma will receive a rating at 100%.
The VA is going to need to know if you have a spouse or any dependents. Veterans who are single can get over $2,900 a month in compensation. However, they can get more if they have a spouse and children. If you are housebound, or you need an aid, you may be able to get more each month as well, each situation is different.
VA Caregiver Support
If you are a caregiver then you most likely need some support of your own and the VA will recognize this. There are some programs that they may offer to you such as adult day health care centers, home-based care and respite care.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) may be given to the survivors of veterans that died in service or from complications that they received while they were in service. In order for you to be eligible, your loved one must have been discharged without dishonor.