Claims and Benefits
Are You Eligible for Benefits?
If you were a veteran who served in active duty and were discharged honorably, then you are eligible for most VA benefits. To qualify under active service, you must have served full-time as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer for the Public Health Service. Dependents, such as a veteran’s children or spouse, are also eligible to receive benefits even after the veteran has passed away.
Can You Receive Benefits for Your Mesothelioma?
If you can prove that your mesothelioma was a direct result of exposure during your time in the service, then your disability is service-connected and you are eligible. Mesothelioma, both pleural (lung) and peritoneum (abdomen), is one of many asbestos-related diseases that is recognized by the VA. The other asbestos-related diseases recognized are:
- Cancerous tumors
- Lung cancer
- Bronchial cancer
The VA will require written documentation by a physician or medical laboratory specifically stating that the patient’s condition was caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are only caused by asbestos and may not require such documentation.
How to File Your Claim
The time limit in filing your federal claim depends on your state, but typically is within two years of your diagnosis. You can file a worker’s compensation claim against the manufacturers of the asbestos-containing products to which you were exposed during your time in military service, as well as claim benefits from the VA to assist you through your treatment of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
To read about the complete process please fill out the form to the right to receive a free veterans information packet