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Military service exposed service members to many unexpected toxins. Cancer and non-cancerous illnesses resulted from military service are due to asbestos exposure, toxins at military bases, PFAS contamination from the use of AFFF, and the use of defective 3M military earplugs. You were exposed while in service and years later developed diseases and cancer. Regardless of which military branch you served in, you and your family members are eligible for a claim for financial compensation from both trust funds (companies that manufactured products) and additionally a VA claim.

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U.S. veterans are highly likely to develop serious illnesses as a result of exposure to toxic substances and the use of defective products. Even if you are a veteran who has never been in combat, the risk of exposure to toxic substances and defective products is very real. Almost all veterans have used various dangerous products or toxic substances at some point during their service, whether during training, in the performance of their work duties, or on the base. And this exposure may have resulted in injury or illness that developed much later in life.

Although the VA and manufacturing companies often try to shift the blame away from your military service, studies after studies show the link between this in-service exposure and the development of serious health conditions later in life, including many cancers. The immediate connection may not be obvious, but you should thoroughly investigate your right to claim compensation for such disabilities. If you are a veteran or a family member and experience serious health symptoms, we strongly encourage you to have your health evaluated by a specialist medical professional. Diseases caused by exposure during service are not common and are easily overlooked by health care professionals. The debilitating disease you developed as a result of exposure to toxic substances or use of defective products can form the basis for a compensation claim separate from your VA disability benefits claim.

We serve all veterans, without any kind of discrimination.

We file claims with asbestos trust funds for veterans and family members

If you are a veteran you may or may not experience symptoms such as shortness of breath or a persistent cough, however, we strongly encourage you to give us a call. Having your health evaluated by a specialist is crucial, as you are at high risk for developing pulmonary issues, cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. We offer no-cost screenings for asbestos fibers at our location in Birmingham, Alabama where you are welcome for az accurate diagnosis. Being misdiagnosed is a common mistake when getting diagnosed at the VA center or even at an outside doctor, the diseases are not common and are easily missed by medical professionals, the reason why we recommend calling us and getting checked for an accurate diagnosis. Even if you have no symptoms, ongoing cough or shortness of breath asbestos fibers may still be present in your lungs, and many times may cause other types of symptoms or diseases, cases in which physicians do not think about checking for scarring of your lungs first.

We prioritize all veterans who seek to receive financial compensation through asbestos trust fund claims and VA claims, as they fought relentlessly to protect our country and deserve better healthcare and quality of life.

Immediate eligibility for cancer diseases for veterans or family members:

Common misdiagnosis for veterans with asbestosis or cancer:

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We help veterans who lived and worked on military installations contaminated with toxic chemicals

For a veteran to receive disability compensation, he/she must have a current medical diagnosis of one or more of the conditions related to their stay at a contaminated military installation. Surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for benefits if their loved one stationed on one of the mentioned military bases and died because of any of the qualifying health conditions.

We are handling claims on behalf of those diagnosed with one of the qualifying diseases who have not yet received medical care or disability benefits from the VA, or/and have applied for disability compensation and have been denied. We can help you appeal your VA claim denial, and also reopen existing disability claims and seek benefits related to your exposure to different types of contaminants while serving on active duty.

The active-duty service members stationed at military bases & installations owned and/or used by the United States Armed Forces, and their family members who lived with them on the site were exposed to multiple toxic agents, including:

  • PFAS chemicals from the use of firefighting foams
  • trichloroethylene (TCE) - a manufactured chemical used in metal degreasing operations
  • perchloroethylene (PCE) - a solvent used for dry-cleaning fabrics
  • vinyl chloride - a common ingredient used to make synthetic plastic
  • benzene – an industrial chemical present in a great number of modern products
  • heavy metals
  • radioactive materials containing strontium-90 used in medical studies, including carcasses of dogs used in testing

If you were diagnosed with any type of cancer and lived on any of these bases you are immediately eligible and we will prioritize your claim.

Veterans who served on active duty at targeted military bases with high levels of toxic contamination who have been diagnosed with any of the following diseases can now receive disability payments and free healthcare from the VA medical facilities around the country:

Family members are also eligible for compensation if they lived on the base and have been diagnosed with one of the above-mentioned diseases.

Legal assistance to military firefighters exposed to the chemical-based firefighting foam

If you were exposed to AFFF in the military as a firefighter and came to struggle with a related disease you are eligible for compensation from the VA. You can also file a personal injury claim with the company which manufactured, and distributed AFFF containing PFAS. It is worth mentioning that this will not affect your right to disability compensation from the VA. You will only need to provide us with your employment or military records, as well as with your medical records, which will be used as evidence for your claim. Our legal experts will file the claim on your behalf. You will eventually receive the compensation you are entitled to within several months to one year, depending on the severity of your diagnosis.

If you have a cancer diagnosis related to the use of AFFF please contact us and we will prioritize your case.

PFOA and PFOS can accumulate and stay in the body, building up over time. Long-term exposure to PFOA/PFOS, in high concentrations, can lead to serious health problems, such as:

Because the negative health outcomes related to PFAS exposure has become a significant concern for veterans and service members in recent years, members of the U.S. Senate and PFAS Task Force introduced legislation to ensure that veteran firefighters exposed to PFAS chemicals at military installations will get the healthcare services they need for any health condition associated with PFAS exposure.

Under this bill, PFAS-related conditions will be considered service-connected disabilities, making veterans exposed to PFAS chemical contamination as a consequence of their military service eligible for disability payments and medical treatment from the VA.

We advocate for military victims of defective 3M earplugs to receive compensation

Between 2003 and 2015, the 3M Company sold millions of dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the U.S. Military. Although the sound-blocking technology should have protected our service members from exposure to high-intensity noise, the earplugs failed to block the damaging sound levels and protect the soldiers' hearing as intended.

The problem with the earplugs is that the portion made to fit inside the ear canal does not form an effective seal to block the dangerous noise levels from gunfire, aircraft, machinery, and explosions. The defective design caused them to imperceptibly loosen in the wearer’s ear which allowed damaging sounds to enter the ear canal, leading to hearing disabilities, including tinnitus.

If you served in the military in the window of time when 3M was providing its dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs and you now came to struggle with noise-induced hearing loss or/and tinnitus, you may be eligible to obtain compensation.

In order to be eligible for compensation, a veteran must have suffered:

  • partial hearing loss in one or both ears
  • total hearing loss in one or both ears
  • tinnitus, a constant ringing, buzzing, hissing, or whooshing sound in one or both ears
  • other symptoms of hearing loss

If you are a veteran who has been harmed after using the 3M earplugs, contact us right away so we can explain your legal rights, and discuss the types of compensation you may be entitled to. It is important to know that there are strict deadlines for filing a claim and it is in your best interest to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

U.S. military branches with past toxic exposure

Cancer and other diseases related to toxic-exposure make veterans and family members eligible for compensation claims and additional VA claims.

U.S. Navy U.S. Air Forces U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Army U.S. Coast Guard

VA compensation pay chart based on the disability rating

If you file for additional claims, it will not affect your right for VA disability compensation or other benefits from the VA you are currently receiving, veterans and family members can recover compensation from both sources.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 10% disability rating if you have hoarseness, with inflammation of cords or mucous membrane; FEV-1 of 71- to 80-percent predicted, with flow-volume loop compatible with upper airway obstruction.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

Residuals of testicular, prostate, kidney, bladder cancer, and their ratings:

  • frequent urination – the VA grant a 10% for daytime voiding interval between two and three hours, or; awakening to void two times per night.

The VA recognizes anemia as ”predominantly hereditary or secondary, a symptom of another condition”, and may grant a 10% rating for cases requiring a continuous treatment of high doses of supplements.

Defective earplugs

Inner ear problems that lead to dizziness are generally rated at 10 percent for occasional dizziness. Also, you will be assigned a 10% disability rating if you suffer from tinnitus and this rating applies no matter if the ringing or other sound in the ear is present in both or only one ear.

The payment for a 10% disability rating is $144.14 per month. For a 10% VA disability rating you are paid as a single veteran with no dependents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 20% disability rating if you suffer from pleural effusion, pleural plaques, pulmonary fibrosis, diffuse pleural thickening, lung scarring, or asbestosis which does not cause you a lot of distress in your everyday life. Asbestos fibers must be present in your lungs in order to qualify for disability compensation from the VA.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

Residuals of prostate, bladder, colon, and rectal cancer and their ratings:

  • if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction as a result of atrophied testicles on both sides, you will receive a disability rating of 20%.
  • urinary frequency - the VA grant a 20% for every 1-2 hours daily and 3-4 times per night
  • urinary incontinence is rated under voiding dysfunction and includes ratings starting from 20%.

The payment for a 20% disability rating is $284.93 per month. For a 20% VA disability rating you will be paid as a single veteran with no dependents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 30% disability rating if you struggle with asbestosis, pleural plaques, lung scarring, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, or pulmonary fibrosis which is causing you some distress in your daily life. To qualify for disability compensation from the VA, asbestos fibers must have been found in your lungs.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

Renal dysfunction, which is most commonly associated with kidney cancer, has a 30 rating percentage if:

  • a catheter is needed constantly or intermittently
  • albumin is present in urine with either red blood cells or hyaline and granular casts, or slight edema, or hypertension

Residuals of testicular, prostate, bladder cancer, and their ratings:

  • the VA grant a 30% for urinary retention requiring intermittent or continuous catheterization and/or recurrent symptomatic infection requiring drainage/frequent hospitalization - greater than two times/year - and/or requiring continuous intensive management

If you are awarded service connection for multiple sclerosis as a result of exposure to a chemical toxin, such as PFAS, the VA will automatically assign a minimum rating of 30 percent.

Defective earplugs

Inner ear problems that lead to dizziness are rated at 30 percent for persistent dizziness that causes staggering. Hearing impairment issues that include vertigo less than once per month, with or without tinnitus are rated at 30%.

The monthly payment for a 30% disability rating is $441.35. A disability rating of 30 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 40% disability rating if you suffer from asbestosis, lung scarring, diffuse pleural thickening, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, or pulmonary fibrosis which is causing you significant distress in your everyday life. To become eligible for disability compensation from the VA, asbestos fiber must be present in your lungs.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

Residuals of prostate, bladder, colon, and rectal cancer and their ratings:

  • urinary frequency - the VA grant a 40% for daytime voiding interval less than one hour, or; awakening to void five or more times per night

Veterans with a 40 percent rating will have pretty significant limitations in terms of what they can do physically. The payment for a 40% disability rating is $635.77 per month. A disability rating of 40 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 50% disability rating if you struggle with asbestosis, diffuse pleural thickening, pleural plaques, pulmonary fibrosis, or pleural effusion which is causing you extreme distress in your daily life. To qualify for disability compensation from the VA, asbestos fibers must have been found in your lungs.

The monthly payment for a 50% disability rating is $905.04. A disability rating of 50 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 60% disability rating if you suffer from stage 1 lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, or bronchial cancer. To qualify for compensation from the VA, asbestos fibers must be present in your lungs.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

You will be assigned a 60% disability rating if you suffer from stage 1 kidney cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, or leukemia.

The monthly payment for a 60% disability rating is $1,146.39. A disability rating of 60 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 70% disability rating if you struggle with stage 2 lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, or bronchial cancer. To become eligible for disability compensation from the VA, asbestos fibers must have been found in your lungs.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

You will be assigned a 70% disability rating if you struggle with stage 2 kidney cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, or leukemia.

The monthly payment for a 70% disability rating is $1,444.71. A disability rating of 70 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned an 80% disability rating if you struggle with stage 3 lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, or bronchial cancer. To qualify for compensation from the VA, you must have asbestos fibers in your lungs.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

You will be assigned an 80% disability rating if you struggle with stage 3 kidney cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, or leukemia.

The payment for an 80% disability rating is $1,679.35 per month. A disability rating of 80 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 90% disability rating if you struggle with terminal lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, or bronchial cancer. To become eligible for compensation from the VA, asbestos fibers must be present in your lungs.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

You will be assigned a 90% disability rating if you struggle with terminal kidney cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, or leukemia.

The monthly payment for a 90% disability rating is $1,887.18. A disability rating of 90 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Asbestos exposure

You will be assigned a 100% disability rating if you struggle with terminal lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, or bronchial cancer which is causing you extreme pain and suffering in your daily life. To qualify for compensation from the VA, asbestos fibers must be present in your lungs.

AFFF exposure and PFAS contamination

You will be assigned a 100% disability rating if you struggle with terminal kidney cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, or leukemia which is causing you extreme pain and suffering in your daily life. The VA notes that ratings of 100% are permitted "beyond the cessation of any surgical, radiation treatment, antineoplastic chemotherapy, or other therapeutic procedure. Six months after discontinuance of such treatment, the appropriate disability rating shall be determined by mandatory VA examination."

The payment for a 100% disability rating is $3,146.42 per month. A disability rating of 100 percent qualifies you to receive additional benefits for your spouse, children, or dependent parents.

Additional VA benefits

Disability compensation

As the diseases caused by toxic chemicals or defective products tend to affect everyday life to a great extent, veterans suffering from debilitating illnesses are often eligible for disability compensation. This tax-free, monthly benefit is calculated by taking into account the veteran’s level of disability, which can range between 0 and 100 percent. Accordingly, the greater the disability level, the larger the amount of money they will receive from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Special monthly compensation

In addition to disability compensation, veterans who need the assistance of another person to carry out basic daily activities are eligible for this VA benefit as well. The sum of money special monthly compensation entails typically ranges between $250 and $650, depending on the extent of aid the veteran requires, as well as on whether their spouse also has a disability that demands permanent help and attendance. It is worthy of note that veterans qualify for disability compensation regardless of their employment or retirement status.

Dependency and indemnity compensation

The dependents and survivors of veterans whose death was caused by a disease stemming from military toxic exposure or defective products are also eligible for VA benefits. If the veteran was already receiving disability compensation while they were alive, their spouse can easily obtain dependency and indemnity compensation by filing a claim. The sum of money dependents and survivors generally receive from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is approximately $1,200, increasing if the former requires the aid of another person on a regular basis due to disability.

VA Healthcare

To qualify for this benefit, a veteran must be enrolled in the VA health care system, by virtue of which they can receive medical services and treatment from specialists free of charge. Only veterans who meet one of the following requirements can successfully apply for enrollment: they have a service-related disability, they have a low income or they belong to a special group of veterans, such as recipients of the Purple Heart, those exposed to Agent Orange and prisoners of war.

VA burial benefits

The sum of money the VA offers for funeral services for veterans who passed away due to a disease caused by military toxic exposure is $2,000. If you are seeking this benefit, you must prove that you paid for a veteran's burial or funeral. You must also provide documents that state that the veteran lost their life as a result of a disease caused by military toxic exposure, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.

VA pension

As a supplemental payment for veterans injured by military toxic exposure, VA pension is available to people who are older than 65, are permanently disabled, and receive nursing home care, as well as Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Income.

VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits

This VA benefit is available to veterans who need another person to help them with performing daily tasks such as feeding, bathing, and dressing or who need to spend a lot of time in bed due to their disability. It is also offered to veterans who currently live in nursing homes as a result of the loss of their physical or mental abilities, as well as to veterans whose eyesight is limited. The VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefit are also available for the surviving family members of veterans. However, it is important to note that as a veteran, you cannot get both Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits.


Veteran toxic exposure & product liability claims

Toxic agents people who served in the military before 1980 may have been exposed to

Before 1980, when proper regulations were finally enforced, people who were serving in the U.S. military would regularly be exposed to numerous toxic substances, which now places veterans at high risk of developing serious diseases. The hazardous agents they were exposed to include but are not limited to:

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Common questions

If you are a veteran injured by military asbestos exposure, it is important to know that you are eligible for compensation both from asbestos trust funds and from the VA.

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Veterans diagnosed with nearly any disease which occurred as a result of military asbestos exposure are considered as having a certain level of disability by the VA and thereby qualify for financial benefits.

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Disability compensation is a financial benefit the VA pays out only to veterans with diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, or asbestosis. Therefore, a veteran is not eligible for it in the absence of a proper asbestos-related diagnosis.

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The Navy veterans were at the highest risk of being exposed to asbestos as most asbestos-containing products were used by the Navy when compared to other military branches in the United States.

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Victims of asbestos exposure can file a claim with asbestos trust funds and, if they are a veteran, with the VA as well, to recover compensation. However, because the legal process is very complex, the assistance of a specialized attorney is necessary.

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There are certain factors which can significantly increase your risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, including your age, whether you are a smoker and the duration of exposure.

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People who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace, as well as U.S. veterans who served between 1935 and 1975, have the highest risk of developing a disease.

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