The U.S. military admits that asbestos was used in construction, commercial, industrial and fire-retardant capacities across many U.S. bases and vessels starting in the early 20th century and in some cases continuing through to today. If you served in the U.S. Navy or other military branches within the last century and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis or another asbestos lung disease, you may be eligible to recover compensation and veterans benefits for your cancer treatment and related care.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs operates a veteran’s benefits program for the hundreds of thousands of servicepersons affected by accidental exposure to a carcinogenic substance such as during the last century. As a veteran, you may be entitled to benefits through one of two government-run benefits programs such as:
VA Disability Compensation Benefits: Once you have been examined by a doctor, you will be assigned a disability rating that determines the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. The disability rating affects your right to compensation on the basis of a schedule.
VA Health Care Benefits: The amount and duration of your healthcare benefits may be affected by factors such as length of service, nature of discharge, VA adjudicated disabilities, income level and the availability of other VA benefits. Depending on these criteria, your case may be classified among one of eight priority groups.
Your cancer diagnosis may be directly related to an asbestos exposure to this toxic substance.