Will Filing a Claim with Asbestos Trust Funds Affect My VA Disability Benefits?

by Channika DeSilva Gonzalez on January 16, 2019

Veterans are eligible for financial compensation from both asbestos trust funds and the VA. Therefore, filing a claim with one or multiple asbestos trust funds will not affect your right to VA disability compensation.

When reviewing your claim, the VA will base their decision only on your disability level

No. If military asbestos exposure is responsible for your disability, you can successfully apply for VA benefits such as disability compensation or health care, regardless of whether you currently receive money from asbestos trust funds. When assessing your eligibility for disability benefits, the VA takes into consideration only your disability level, which can range between 0% and 100%, according to their criteria. Thereby, your income and assets cannot influence their decision.

As a veteran, you have the legal right to both seek financial compensation from asbestos trust funds and apply for VA disability benefits. The only concern of the VA, financial-wise, is to prevent veterans from claiming compensation multiple times for the same illness, a practice which is colloquially known as double-dipping. Therefore, you can rest assured that the money you receive from asbestos trust funds will not affect the VA’s decision with regard to your disability claim.

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