UK Scientists Study Mesothelioma In Veterans!
Recently, a study from the UK confirmed that veterans who’ve unfortunately contracted mesothelioma cancer are in a much different and dire situation than a civilian who contracted the same type of cancer.
Veterans who served between 1930 and 1980 have a much higher likelihood of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. In fact, Veterans make up nearly 30% of roughly 3,000 annual mesothelioma cases in the United States.
Any Veterans who develop mesothelioma due to service-connected exposure can file for benefits.
Mesothelioma & Veterans Benefits
Sadly, it’s become common knowledge that each branch of the military used asbestos-ridden products over the course of the last century, which in turn has caused higher rates of mesothelioma in Veterans presently.
On a more positive note, any Veterans who’ve been exposed to asbestos during their time in the military, and have unfortunately developed mesothelioma and/or any other asbestos-related conditions do certainly qualify for benefits from the VA.
Any Veterans deemed eligible may receive up to 100% disability compensation and/or other types of assistance from the VA – this is inclusive of, but may not be limited to VA healthcare services and monthly compensation. Furthermore, any surviving spouse is also eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC).
- Income level or confirmation of a service-related condition is crucial for enrollment into any VA healthcare services. Currently, the VA will consider mesothelioma to be service-connected if at least 50% of the asbestos exposure took place during active duty. Note: Income-level qualification may require additional copays for health-related services.
- Veterans with mesothelioma are able to qualify for the maximum level of monthly benefits, which start at just over $3,000.00. Note: Benefits are subject to increase based upon the total number of dependents.
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) as mentioned above, is possible for the surviving spouse of any Veteran who has died due to service-connected mesothelioma, the benefit in question is just over $1,300.00 a month.
Asbestos & Different Military Branches
Here’s how asbestos was used in each different military branch:
- Navy: Sadly, the United States Navy used more asbestos than any other military branch. For those who’ve been afflicted with mesothelioma or lung cancer after serving in the Navy, available compensation would start at $3,000.00. Furthermore, Navy veterans are able to sue any private company for damages, in a lawsuit where the average settlement pays between $1M and $1.4M.
- Air Force: The United States Air Force used toxic minerals from 1940 to 1970, and it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for those who were exposed to see the damage of cancer. Most Air Force Veterans were likely exposed at both military bases and in aircraft themselves.
- Army: United States Army Veterans who’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma have a bevy of different benefits available to them if their cancer was directly caused by military exposure. If it was not, there is a possibility they can still be able to access VA healthcare and compensation.
- Marines: Those who served in the United States Marine Corps were sadly exposed to asbestos in several different places. From their housing quarters to ships, airplanes, and armored vehicles. This entitles those who served and are dealing with the results, to the maximum level of monthly compensation, dependent on their family-size.
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