Did you know veterans make up 30% of mesothelioma claims filed each year? Sadly, many military occupations relied on asbestos from the 1930s through the 1980s. This means that most U.S. veterans that served through that time period may have been exposed to asbestos which puts them at risk of mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a natural fiber that was regularly used in buildings and contained within products, used by the military before the 1980s. Due to the damage caused to older buildings in the Middle East and South East, toxic chemicals were released into the air leaving many soldiers exposed to asbestos. If you also worked in construction, refineries, powerplants, or on auto repairs, you may have been affected by asbestos.
Veterans may be eligible for disability benefits if they have an asbestos-related illness. They must have had contact with asbestos while in the military and did not receive a dishonorable discharge. Some benefits include health care and compensation for medical bills and other asbestos illness-related damages.
In order to receive these benefits, veterans must provide medical records stating their illness, service records of your job, and a doctor’s diagnosis that your illness is related to asbestos exposure during your time serving in the military.
To alleviate the financial burden of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, veterans can submit a VA claim. The VA uses a rating scale that breaks down your exposure history, severity, and disease type to determine your compensation amount. To find out if you are eligible for VA disability compensation, visit the VA Disability Claim site here. If you’d rather go in person, you can find your local VA location or in-network community care provider here.
Signs of mesothelioma are commonly confused with other health issues. Visit our Mesothelioma Symptoms page to learn more on what to look for if you’ve been at risk.
If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, contact Robins Cloud LLP today. The team at Robins Cloud LLP has years of experience advocating for veterans around the nation and can assist you no matter how complex your case may be.
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