Almost 30% of all people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the U.S. military. Due to their great sacrifices and service, Veterans may be entitled to compensation from the Veterans Administration (VA) if they can show that they were exposed to asbestos while serving in the Armed Forces. If you are a U.S. Veteran and have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation.
MRHFM proudly helps mesothelioma victims and their families file a VA disability claim (and other claims in which the Veteran may be entitled) on a no-obligation basis and without any fees being paid to MRHFM. Because of ethical obligations, we cannot file the claims when the Veteran is already represented by a lawyer for their mesothelioma claims. We feel that it is important that we provide this service to our Veterans.
What Happens After MRHFM Files a Claim?
After MRHFM helps establish a service connection and the correct paperwork is filed, 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 2018, a Veteran with 100% disability rating can receive $2,973.86 per month. If that same Veteran has a spouse, the amount is $3,139.67 per month.
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To get started, contact MRHFM and we can help complete a VA Form 21-526. We will discuss your case with you and start gathering the required information needed to file a claim. We have multiple attorneys who are accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and that can assist in filing a claim.
Why File a VA Disability Claim through MRHFM?
No cost to you. No fees are paid to MRHFM during the filing process. We are proud to offer this as a free service to Veterans as long as they are not already represented by a lawyer on a mesothelioma claim or claims.
Tax free compensation. Disability compensation is 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. MRHFM can assist in completing the appropriate paperwork to claim this tax free compensation.
Assistance with required proof of asbestos exposure. Proof is necessary for service connected disability. MRHFM can assist in assembling information required to prove “service connected” disability and file the claim forms for you.
Quick filing, more compensation. MRHFM can help gather the required information and file the claim forms as quickly as possible. The sooner the claim if filed, the more compensation you can receive. No matter when the claim is processed, if approved, the VA will back-pay compensation to the date the claim was originally filed.
VA accredited attorneys. MRHFM has a team of attorneys that are accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This team has assisted many clients who have served our country honorably through the process of obtaining VA benefits, including service connected disability.
Here are some of the claims that can be filed by Veterans:
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 2018, a Veteran with 100% disability rating can receive $2,973.86 per month. If that same Veteran has a spouse, the amount is $3,139.67 per month.
Pension - 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 is so nearly helpless as to require the regular aid and attendance of another person may be eligible for additional aid and attendance benefits. 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.
Health Care Benefits - The VA Health Care system is the largest single provider of health care in the United States operating 153 hospitals, 232 Veteran’s Centers, 132 Community Living Centers, and 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 and Indemnity Compensation - 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 Benefits - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions about benefits for U.S. Veterans with mesothelioma.
What if I was not in one of the four major branches?A Veteran is a person who served in the armed forces of the United States. In addition the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines this also includes the Coast Guard, the Army Corp of Engineers, and Merchant Marines during WWII. There are several other categories of service that are considered for certain benefits. Members of the National Guard or the Reserves are NOT considered Veterans unless they were called to active duty.
What if I did not serve during wartime?Wartime service dates are designated by Congress. A Veteran need not serve in a combat zone to qualify, but only during wartime.
What if I was not honorably discharged?While there are several types of military discharge, a Veteran must have a discharge other than dishonorable to be eligible for benefits.
What is aid and attendance?Aid and attendance is a monetary benefit for a claimant who is helpless or so nearly helpless as to require the regular aid and attendance of another person.
What is housebound?By reason of disabilities, the Veteran is substantially confined to his or her dwelling and the immediate premises and is reasonably certain the confinement will continue throughout his or her lifetime.
Please contact us or complete the form above if you would like more information about this free, no obligation service or about how you can get compensation because you or a loved one has mesothelioma.