Common Questions About Veterans and Mesothelioma
You may still have questions about military asbestos use and your options after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Here are some common questions and answers.
Does the military still use asbestos?
The U.S. military no longer uses asbestos to make new assets, but some older buildings and ships may contain asbestos even today.
In 2019, it was reported that over 200 homes at Tinker Air Force Base had damaged asbestos products like floor tiles, putting residents at risk of exposure. A private company was managing the homes on the Air Force’s behalf and failed to quickly address the concerns of residents.
Is filing a VA mesothelioma claim easy?
Working with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer is the most effective way to make the VA claims process simple and hassle-free. These lawyers have databases of information about the asbestos industry they can use to build and strengthen your claim.
From there, a VA claims agent can help you file without any errors. You can file for VA benefits at a local veterans office, online, over the phone, or through the mail.
Are my VA benefits taxable?
Some VA benefits are taxable while others are not. For example, VA disability compensation will not be taxed, but standard military retirement pay is taxable. Talk to a VA-accredited lawyer to learn how you may be taxed.
Does the VA provide benefits for other asbestos-related diseases?
Yes. Mesothelioma is not the only disease that stems from asbestos exposure, so the VA offers compensation and treatment for other asbestos-related illnesses.
You may qualify for VA benefits if you have:
- Lung cancer
- Pleural plaques
You’ll need to prove you were exposed to asbestos — just like veterans with mesothelioma do — in order to get VA benefits.