VA Benefits for Veterans With Asbestos-Related Diseases
Many military service members have suffered delayed health consequences after being exposed to asbestos during their service. Today, more and more veterans continue to develop asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.
Fortunately, the United States government offers health benefits and other forms of compensation to veterans who develop health problems after serving in the military. If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible to access these benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Compensating Veterans for Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was once viewed as the miracle material for its durability. As a result, it was widely used in military ships, vehicles, airplanes and buildings despite the dangers it presented to military personnel.
Every United States military branch used asbestos products extensively from the 1930s to the mid-1980s. Many military service members developed diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma after being exposed to airborne asbestos.
Veterans account for about 30% of all diagnosed mesothelioma cases.
Veterans with asbestos-related illnesses deserve compensation. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers benefits for all United States military branches to help cover the medical expenses and lost income of veterans who develop diseases after being exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos exposure has led to thousands of mesothelioma diagnoses. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Justice Guide will help you understand your rights and know the next steps.