We are dedicated to helping Veterans and their families who are victims of asbestos exposure. The Veterans Asbestos Alliance obtains compensation for veterans who were exposed to asbestos while serving and later developed mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, contact us today to learn about the financial and legal options available to you. We offer free consultations, so you can talk to us about your case without any cost or obligation. We will review the facts of your case and discuss and determine the best course of action for you and your family.
HOW VETERANS WERE EXPOSED
Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) are at risk for developing asbestos-related cancers, such as mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer due to asbestos exposure in the military.
The widespread use of asbestos in the military during the 1920s through the 1980s put many United States service men and women at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, this is particularly true for navy veterans and shipyard workers. The majority of navy vessels prior to 1980 were built with hundreds of asbestos-containing products, such as asbestos fireproofing, insulation or lagging on pipes and
around boilers, and in gaskets and valve packing. For those who served in the navy, asbestos exposure was inevitable.
Additional exposure to asbestos for army veterans typically comes as a result of operating and/or repairing and maintaining military trucks, tanks, and vehicles, or while living in barracks. The United States Military used asbestos in many different applications which created a wide variety of opportunities for asbestos exposure to those serving in the military. Veterans are, therefore, at a significantly higher risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
Approximately, 30% of Individuals Diagnosed with Mesothelioma in the United States are U.S. Veterans.
Military members families may also be at risk from secondhand asbestos exposure. Secondhand asbestos exposure occurs when someone is exposed to asbestos just by being in close proximity or by living with someone who is
regularly exposed to asbestos. For example, dust often adheres to military uniforms or clothing and, if worn home, can expose loved ones to asbestos, this is especially true for those who may be in charge of laundering them.
The companies that supplied asbestos products to the navy were forced to establish trust funds to compensate veterans. Contact us if you or someone you know has been diagnosed mesothelioma or lung cancer. Veterans and their loved ones deserve compensation and justice for their asbestos caused cancer. At The Veterans Asbestos Alliance, we're passionate about fighting for our Veterans and their families who are victims of asbestos. Because our Veterans matter.
$30 BILLION IN ASBESTOS TRUSTS
Many of the companies that knew the dangers of asbestos but chose to use it in their products regardless, have had to file for bankruptcy. They were required to set up bankruptcy trusts to compensate the individuals who used their products and later became ill with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Currently, there is $30 billion set aside in the bankruptcy trusts. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible to file claims with the asbestos trusts. The trusts do not seek out asbestos victims, or willingly provide information regarding asbestos exposure or asbestos-related medical issues. However, our mesothelioma attorneys are available to answer any questions and help you file claims to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your asbestos caused cancer. Our experienced legal team knows how to maximize the payouts from these trusts. In addition, filing claims with the asbestos trusts is the simplest and quickest way to receive compensation. The money from these trusts can help pay for cancer treatment, living expenses and provide financial security for the future. It typically takes less than one year to receive compensation from the trusts. It is important to file your claim as soon as possible as there is a time limit you can file, which can range from 1-6 years from the date of diagnosis or death, depending upon which state you live in, this is called the statute of limitations.
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FILING A VA CLAIM
If you are a veteran with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA recognizes mesothelioma as a service-connected disability, meaning that you can receive disability compensation and other benefits if your mesothelioma or lung cancer is connected to your military service. To qualify, you must have served in the military and have been exposed to asbestos during that time. You must also have a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer to be eligible. To file a claim, you will need to submit a Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) to the VA. This form can be found on the VA’s website and is designed to help the VA better understand your condition. You will need to provide information
about your service, your medical history, and your current symptoms. Once you have filed the DBQ, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim. This evidence can include medical records, ship records and specifications, muster rolls, deck logs, and any other documentation available. If you can provide evidence of your exposure to asbestos during your service, this will be especially helpful in making your case. Once the VA has all of the necessary information, they will review your claim and make a determination. If the VA approves your claim, you will be eligible for a range of benefits, including monthly disability payments, pension payments, and medical care. Filing a VA claim for asbestos-related cancer can be a complicated and time-consuming process. But if you are a veteran with mesothelioma or lung cancer, it is important to take the time to file a claim, as these benefits can be essential in helping you manage your medical expenses and other costs associated with your diagnosis.