When Clinton was diagnosed with mesothelioma, our initial feelings of shock, disbelief, and fear was followed with, how are we going to get through this? Your team was able to get us compensation, plus an allotment from the VA.
Clint & Karen, Wisconsin Actual Client | Navy Veteran & Painter
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Benefits for U.S. Veterans with Mesothelioma
If you are a U.S. Veteran and have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to VA disability benefits if you can show that you suffered substantial asbestos exposure while in the Armed Forces. You may also receive compensation if you can show asbestos exposure unrelated to your time in the Service. MRHFM proudly helps mesothelioma victims and their families file a VA disability claim on a no-obligation basis and without any fees being paid to MRHFM. We feel that it is important that we provide this service to our Veterans. Because of ethical obligations, we cannot file the claims when the Veteran is already represented by a lawyer for their mesothelioma claims.
Meet Chris McKean
Accredited with the Department of Veterans/VA
Chris assists MRHFM clients who have served our country honorably through the process of obtaining VA benefits including service connected disability. As a VA accredited attorney, Chris helps veterans receive VA disability benefits if they have been exposed to asbestos while in the military. MRHFM files VA claims on behalf of our clients at no charge to them.
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If you are a U.S. Veteran and have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to VA disability benefits if you can show that you suffered substantial asbestos exposure while in the Armed Forces. You may also receive compensation if you can show asbestos exposure unrelated to your time in the Service.
Disability Compensation - a tax free benefit paid to a Veteran for a service connected disability that happened as a result of active duty, training for active duty, or inactive duty training. After a service connection is established, the VA will assign a disability rating between 10% and 100% staggered in multiples of 10%. We typically are able to show that Navy Veterans with mesothelioma are entitled to a 100% disability. As of January of 2022, a Veteran with 100% disability rating can receive $3,332.06 per month. If that same Veteran has a spouse, the amount is $3,517.84 per month.
An award for Pension is dependent upon the Veteran or surviving spouse meeting the means-test requirements of income, assets, and medical expenses for an ongoing basis. Pension provides a monthly cash benefit which can help cover the cost of home care, adult day care, assisted living and nursing services. Cash payments for a pension can range from $700 to $2,000 per month depending on the type of claim and the medical rating of the Veteran. A Veteran who satisfies the needs test for aid and attendance may receive additional benefits for regular aid and attendance of another person. A Veteran who cannot establish the aid and attendance standard may qualify for increased benefits by establishing he or she is housebound, or, substantially confined to his or her home and reasonably certain to continue in that state for the Veterans lifetime, due to disabilities.
The VA Health Care system is the largest single provider of health care in the United States operating:
232 Veteran’s Centers
132 Community Living Centers
788 Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Once enrolled, Veterans can receive multiple services including preventative care, inpatient hospital care, outpatient diagnostic care as well as medication and supplies.
Dependency & Indemnity
Payable to certain eligible survivors of a military service member who died on active duty or whose death after service resulted from a service connected injury or disease. A surviving spouse can be eligible for $1,283.11 monthly, or more if the Veteran had dependent children under 18 or if the Spouse is entitled to Aid and Assistance. Unless a claim for Dependency and Indemnity is filed within one year from the date of the Veteran’s death, the benefit is not payable from a date earlier than the date the claim is received by the VA.
Burial costs are available for service disabled Veterans. If death was a result of a service connected disability, up to $2,000 is available for burial costs. The VA may provide a plot allowance of $300 for a Veteran who dies of non-service connected causes.
Army Veterans may have been exposed to asbestos from areas around the base including barracks, motor pools, and operational vehicles.
Navy Veterans run the highest risk of developing mesothelioma due to the heavy use of asbestos in ships.
Air Force Veterans may have been exposed to asbestos in planes where the most heat and friction occurred, like brake pads, as well as around the base.
Marine Veterans may have encountered asbestos-containing materials in housing units, on ships and in land bases.
Coast Guard Veterans may have experienced risks of asbestos exposure while serving on ships, in shipyards, and around the bases.