Compensation for Veterans

Compensation for Veterans Even though mesothelioma-afflicted veterans are just as entitled to VA disability benefits as those who were wounded in battle, many struggle to get the compensation they deserve. The difficulty in obtaining VA benefits stems from the “burden of proof.” In order to qualify for benefits, a veteran must prove that their illness is related to asbestos exposure during their time of service. Because asbestos was so widely used up until the late 1970s—and because illnesses like mesothelioma may take 20 to 40 years to emerge—it can be a grueling process to pinpoint which product or application was responsible for the exposure. If a veteran cannot prove that their asbestos exposure occurred during service, getting approved for VA disability benefits may be nearly impossible. In that case, they must attempt to get compensation from the companies who made the products associated with their exposure. There are strict time limitations for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible. If you are a US military veteran with mesothelioma or another asbestos-caused illness, please contact us for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your potential claim.
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VA Benefits for Veterans and Mesothelioma VA disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to a veteran for a service-related disability. The disability must be a result of or made worse by an illness or injury that was sustained while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. Furthermore, the veteran’s service must have been terminated through separation or discharge under conditions that were other than dishonorable. If the VA approves the application of a veteran with mesothelioma, he or she is automatically qualified for disability benefits. Some veterans may also be entitled to receive VA health benefits, which allow them to obtain medical care and treatment at their choice of over 1400 VA medical facilities across the United States. In general, you may qualify for VA benefits if you are: a veteran or a dependent of a veteran; a surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased veteran; or a uniformed service member. Certain veterans disabled from VA health care may also quality for disability benefits. How Much Do VA Disability Benefits Pay? The amount of disability benefits paid through the VA typically ranges from 3 to 73 per month. Compensation is paid according to the degree of a veteran’s disability as well as the number of dependents, and veterans with certain severe disabilities may be entitled to additional monthly sums. VA benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.
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