New York VA Information for Mesothelioma Victims
It cannot be overlooked that roughly 33% of all mesothelioma victims are U.S. military veterans.
Veterans run a higher risk of mesothelioma because every branch of the military relied on asbestos-based products until the early 1980s (when the dangers were made public).
Asbestos-containing products were used to make:
- Cars and other vehicles
The U.S. Navy, in particular, is affected by high rates of mesothelioma. The Navy used more asbestos than any other military branch. Every Navy ship built before the early 1980s contained asbestos.
Between New York’s multiple military bases and the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard, thousands of military veterans could have been exposed to asbestos in the state.
New York Veterans Benefits
If you are a veteran with mesothelioma that stems from your military service, you may qualify for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Mesothelioma VA benefits Include:
- Aid & attendance
- Disability compensation
- Funeral services
- Hospice care
You can also get medical care from mesothelioma doctors through the VA health care system.
Two VA mesothelioma doctors are:
The Mesothelioma Justice Network has no affiliation with and is not endorsed or sponsored by Dr. Robert B. Cameron. The contact information above is listed for informational purposes only. You have the right to contact Dr. Cameron directly. Visit the UCLA Health website to learn more about Dr. Robert Cameron.
New York has a number of different resources you can use to access these benefits.
New York has:
- 12 VA medical centers
- 50 community outpatient clinics
- 16 Veterans Centers
- Veterans Benefits Administration facilities in New York City and Buffalo
In addition to state-specific service facilities, the American Legion (AML), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and other organizations can help you access VA benefits.
AML and VFW Service Officers in New York
Both the AML and the VFW employ Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) that help veterans file for VA benefits in New York. All VSOs within these organizations are trained and granted authority by the VA to assist veterans.
VSOs can help veterans:
- Build a strong asbestos claim that is more likely to be accepted by the VA
- Call for a hearing before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals
- Compile asbestos-exposure and medical records
- Work within complicated state laws and regulations related to asbestos
VSOs are experts in their field and are vital in aiding veterans to secure benefits for military-related illnesses or injuries. These officers will work with veterans every step of the way.