asbestos and Veterans

veterans at risk

Did you know you may be eligible for a special va pension benefit?

Veterans make up a considerable number of mesothelioma cases annually. Due to the prolonged use of asbestos-containing products in military housing, aircraft, battleships and more, veterans have long faced an increased risk of toxic asbestos exposure while serving their country. From the 1930s to the 1970s, the Navy used enormous amounts of asbestos insulation and fireproofing products on warships and submarines. This released a large number of asbestos fibers into the air. Anyone working in or even walking through the area would have been inhaling the toxic fibers.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides compensation, benefits and assistance programs to those who were diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of their service in the U.S. Military. Assistance may also be available for veterans who were diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure outside of their time in service and surviving loved ones of veterans who passed away due to the disease.

Free Veteran's Case Evaluation

Veterans May be eligible for the following benefits

How to apply

Claims processing can take time. Therefore, it is highly recommended that veterans and their loved ones start the filing process soon after diagnosis. To file a VA claim, you or your loved ones must meet these eligibility requirements: 

US Navy, New York City, 1963

To receive VA benefits for a mesothelioma diagnosis, veterans have to provide proof that their asbestos exposure occurred primarily during service. To do this, veterans or their surviving loved ones will need to write a letter detailing their military experience and exposure to asbestos. They will also need to provide details regarding their civilian jobs before and after service. File your claim today with one of our licensed attorneys.

Man welding seams on hull of ship under construction

The claims process

Occupations Related to Asbestos Exposure

  • Electricians
  • Engine operators
  • Firefighters
  • Gunners
  • Hull Maintenance Workers
  • Insulators
  • Machinists
  • Mechanics
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumbers
  • Seabees
  • Shipbuilders
  • Steelworkers
  • Weapons Specialists
  • Welders
  • Boiler Technicians
Man welding seams on hull of ship under construction

Looking to connect with other veterans dealing with asbestos related exposure? 

Consider joining our Veterans Asbestos Support Group.