The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes several asbestos-related diseases as potentially military service connected, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Navy veterans who get sick because of military asbestos exposure are eligible for free health care, disability compensation and many other VA benefits.
Some available benefits for Navy veterans include:
- VA Claims: A diagnosis of service-connected lung cancer or mesothelioma grants veterans 100% disability; this is the maximum level of monthly disability compensation
- Survivor Benefits: Surviving spouses of veterans who died from a service-connected disease are eligible for dependency and indemnity-related compensation
- Health Care Benefits: Veterans with asbestos-related diseases may receive specialized healthcare at VA treatment centers across the country
- Trust Funds: Veterans with asbestos-related diseases may also file claims with asbestos trust funds, which provide compensation to families facing diseases like mesothelioma
- Other Claims: Veterans may file other types of legal claims to receive compensation for mesothelioma, including personal injury lawsuits
How Navy Veterans Can File a VA Asbestos-Related Claim
When you file a VA claim for asbestos exposure, you should:
- Obtain medical records to support your claim, and
- Talk to an accredited VA claims agent who can help you compile the documentation needed to file a claim.
Veterans can also seek compensation from the private companies that sold asbestos-containing products to the Navy. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can advise you on how to file a legal claim to recover expenses not covered by veterans benefits.