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Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

It is one of the great tragedies of this nation that the men and women in the U.S. military forces who go out to protect this country come back suffering from severe conditions for which our own domestic industrial practices are at fault. U.S. veterans were to such an extent exposed to the toxic effects of asbestos, that they now represent the largest single group of asbestos victims, with nearly one third of the mesothelioma cases in the U.S. being diagnosed in our veterans.

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30% of all Americans Suffering from Mesothelioma Are Veterans

Since asbestos was highly prevalent in the U.S. military throughout the last century, preponderantly between 1935 and 1975, veterans are very likely to develop serious diseases as a result of exposure. Every year, asbestos exposure is the culprit behind the death of approximately 10,000 veterans. While each military branch made use of this hazardous mineral, people who served in the U.S. Navy underwent by far the most severe exposure, as asbestos would be present in over 300 different products commonly found on ships. If you are a veteran who served during the heyday of asbestos and experience symptoms such as shortness of breath or a persisting cough, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention immediately. Having your health evaluated by a specialist is crucial, as you are at high risk for mesothelioma, lung cancer, as well as other asbestos-related diseases.

Conditions that Qualify for VA Asbestos Compensation

Asbestos diseases entitle veterans to compensation benefits only if the majority of the asbestos exposure occurred during active duty. Only a few of these diseases will bring in a 100% disability coverage (like pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma), and all of them require documentation and proof that they were caused by asbestos exposure and not other causes.

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Gallbladder Cancer Kidney Cancer Laryngeal/Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colon/Colorectal Cancer Ovarian Cancer Pulmonary Fibrosis

Eligibility and VA Compensation Benefits

The U.S. Government now recognizes that our veterans deserve compensation for the suffering caused in their employment, and a special procedure is in place to provide special benefits to our servicemen and women injured through exposure to asbestos while serving our nation. To demonstrate eligibility for these compensation benefits, you must show:


Probability of Asbestos Exposure*

*according to the DVA

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Common Questions

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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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.

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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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Reliable evidence is instrumental in ensuring your disability compensation claim will be approved by the VA. Failing to submit adequate proof of your military asbestos exposure can delay the process tremendously.

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In order to successfully apply for VA disability compensation, veterans must first ensure they meet the eligibility criteria. If you are unsure whether you qualify for this benefit, a lawyer specialized in asbestos exposure cases will be of great help.

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