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Our free veterans assistance service makes it easier for you to file an asbestos-related claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and qualify for VA Benefits, even if your claim was previously denied. A VA-accredited Claims Agent is here to help you get the government benefits you earned and deserve. We are highly experienced and trained to help veterans obtain disability claims related to rare diseases such as mesothelioma.

How the Process Works

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The VA uses a rigorous set of criteria to determine eligibility, requiring specific evidence linking an asbestos-related illness to exposure during military service. We can help determine what VA benefits you and your family may qualify for and explore other avenues of compensation.

Navigate the Paperwork

Our VA-accredited Claims Agents understand an exposure summary is the key factor in substantiating asbestos-related VA claims. We will work with you to provide a detailed summary, including medical evidence and documentation, about how you were exposed to asbestos throughout your lifetime.

File Your Claim

After qualification is established and the paperwork is complete, we will send your claim to the VA for review. The claim may be sent back if more evidence is needed. We will help you provide any additional information and resubmit the claim for final award approval.

Get Help From VA-Accredited Claims Agents

VA-accredited Claims Agents have a thorough understanding of the VA’s complicated documentation requirements. They can help you understand which VA benefits you and your family may be eligible for and the application requirements for each.

Aaron Munz

Aaron Munz

Program Director

Decorated U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Munz left active duty in 2006 after serving nine years in combat and strategic training. As an officer in the Army, he had to navigate the VA disability system for his own service-related injury. Now as a VA-accredited Claims Agent, Munz helps fellow veterans navigate the complicated VA claims process, providing the knowledge and resources necessary to file a successful claim.

Danielle DiPietro

Danielle DiPietro

VA-Accredited Claims Agent

Danielle DiPietro is a VA-Accredited Claims Agent who is dedicated to providing veterans and their families with the financial peace of mind they deserve. In addition to having a deep knowledge of the VA claims process, DiPietro has a personal connection to veterans. Both grandfathers served in the U.S. Army, and her family’s history with cancer inspired her to pursue a career in patient advocacy.

Available Benefits for Veterans and Their Families

  • Disability Compensation
  • Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • VA Health Care

Disability Compensation

This is a monthly benefit based on a veteran’s level of disability. Mesothelioma receives a 100 percent disability rating from the VA, meaning eligible veterans will receive the maximum payment each month. Noncancerous asbestos-related diseases are rated anywhere from zero to 100 percent.

The current 100 percent disability rating starts at $2,915.55. Benefits may increase based on the veteran’s number of dependents. Once a disability has been determined, special VA disability compensation programs may be available such as individual unemployability, automobile allowance, clothing allowance and convalescence.

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Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

Special Monthly Compensation is a benefit available to veterans who, as a result of military service, sustained the loss of specific organs or extremities, or their use. This benefit may be available to veterans with mesothelioma who are housebound or bedridden.

The amount of SMC awarded depends on how much aid and attendance is needed and can increase based on number of dependents.

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program is a monthly benefit paid to the surviving spouse and dependent children of a veteran who died during military service or as a result of a service-connected disability.

For deaths caused by mesothelioma or lung cancer, the tax-free monthly benefit for a surviving spouse is $1,257.95. If a veteran was already receiving disability compensation for mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer prior to their death, the spouse needs to file a DIC claim.

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Va Health Care

The Veterans Health Administration has more than 1,200 treatment sites nationwide that provide a variety of health care services to eligible veterans. Some VA health care systems, such as the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and the VA Boston Healthcare System, are well equipped to treat veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.

Eligibility for VA health care is based on service-related disabilities, income levels and special circumstances. The VA encourages all veterans to apply so the organization can determine their eligibility.

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Why File a Claim?

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Asbestos was used extensively in all branches of the U.S. armed forces between 1935 and 1975. The mineral was highly regarded for its durability and fireproofing capabilities, making it a valuable resource for use in all modes of military transportation.

Unfortunately, asbestos is also highly toxic, and by the time the military began regulating its use in the late 1970s, the damage had been done. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases take decades to develop after initial exposure.

VA health benefits are essential to veterans, as they provide compensation to help cover medical bills and other expenses. Once approved, VA health care provides veterans access to medical care from any facility in the VA network, including top mesothelioma treatment centers in Boston, Los Angeles and Miami.

Testimonials

“I just wanted to thank you for all of your assistance in helping obtain the necessary documents for my father Gerald Nichols to apply for VA benefits. You have been extremely helpful, not to mention very kind throughout this process. God Bless.”

– Nina Cruz Menifee, CA

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is Eligible to File Asbestos Claims?

Veterans diagnosed with a disease or disability related to asbestos exposure during military service. Veterans who did not serve full-time or were dishonorably discharged are not eligible.

What Are the Evidence Requirements?

Veterans must be able to provide an exposure summary linking their asbestos-related illness to exposure during military service. This may include your military occupation or where you were stationed.

How Does the VA Calculate Compensation Rates?

The VA rates a veteran’s level of disability on a scale from zero to 100 percent. The higher the percentage, the more compensation is provided. Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma fall in the 100 percent rating, meaning they are eligible for the maximum monthly benefit.

What Are the Current Compensation Benefit Rates?

The current monthly compensation rate for a veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma (100 percent rating) is $2,915.55. The benefit increases slightly based on the number of dependents. For example, a veteran with a 100 percent rating, a spouse, two parents and a child is eligible for $3,458.06 each month.

How Long Does the Claims Process Take?

The VA claims process varies in time depending on the complexity of the claim. It may take several weeks to prepare a detailed exposure summary. After a claim is submitted for review, the VA may require more information or evidence before final approval can be reached. You will be able to track the status of your claim on the VA’s eBenefits website.

How Are Effective Dates Assigned?

Effective dates are assigned once the VA approves a benefits claim. This determines when benefits are payable. Effective dates can vary based on the type of benefit and circumstances of the claim.

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