What Is VA Health Care?
The VA provides health care to current and former service members, along with their family members through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA incorporates over 1,250 medical facilities, making it the largest health care system in the United States.
Veterans with VA health care receive a wide range of services, including:
- Home care from nurses or other caregivers
- Long-term care
- Mental health counseling
- Primary care from doctors
- Sexual trauma health services
- Specialty care for veterans with specific needs
- Substance use counseling and treatment
It is important for veterans with mesothelioma to take advantage of VA health care.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure — and the U.S. military heavily relied on asbestos-containing products from the 1930s to the early 1980s.
Anyone who served in the military during this time could be at risk of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases today as it often takes 20 to 50 years for symptoms to become noticeable.
While there is no cure for mesothelioma, medical care is essential to keep victims living longer. The VA health care system allows veterans to receive treatment from some of the top mesothelioma doctors in the country.
Any veteran with mesothelioma can apply for VA health care provided they meet the eligibility requirements.
To make the process of receiving VA health care easier, veterans should work with both a mesothelioma lawyer and a VA claims agent.
A mesothelioma lawyer can help eligible veterans gather the information needed to file a claim, such as where and how the veteran in question may have been exposed.
Using this information, claims agents can actually complete the process of filing the claim — and help veterans determine if they can receive other VA benefits as well.