VA Benefits

All the VA Benefit Information You Need to Know

  • Discharged from the military (you are ineligible if you were dishonorably discharged)
  • Member of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard with full-time service
  • Officer in NOAA or the former Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • Officer in Environmental Science Services Administration
  • Officer in Public Health Service
  • Compensation amount cannot be given until the VA provides the amount
  • If it is determined you have a disability due to your military service you are entitled to Disability Compensation.
  • File form VA 21-526 with the VA in your state.
  • Our Patient Advocates can assist you in this process.
  • Most benefits are determined on whether or not a veteran developed their disability due to their service.
  • A veteran must show income and assets limit their ability to have a quality of life or inability to afford health insurance
  • Veterans that qualify will receive the higher monthly payout between their pension or VA Disability Compensation. They cannot receive both.
  • A veteran that qualifies for VA health services may be required to make copays based upon their income.
  • A Patient Advocate can clarify this information for you.
  • A veteran must show proof that their disease or injury was caused by their military service or worsened due to their military service.
  • A veteran who has developed mesothelioma must provide details of their military service to determine where they may have been exposed.
  • A veteran must provide their medical records showing their diagnosis.
  • The VA will determine if your exposure to asbestos occurred during your military service or outside of your military service.
  • A veteran must provide details proving that their military job was the cause of them developing mesothelioma.
  • VA Form 21-526. In addition to this completed form you will need to explain how you were exposed to asbestos during your military career.
  • DD 214 (otherwise known as your discharge papers). Many veterans do not have this paper work, but our Patient Advocates can assist in obtaining one from the National Personnel Records Center.
  • Medical Records. This allows the VA to view your diagnosis.
  • Marriage Certificate. This allows the VA to know that there is a dependent, which means you may have access to additional compensation.
  • Payments vary based upon each veteran
  • The VA has a rating system that factors in a number of items that will determine your payments, things such as number of dependents are factors.
  • The rating system occurs in 10% increments, so a veteran at 10% will receive monthly payments around $130 and a veteran with a 100% disability rating will receive a monthly payment around $2800.
  • Mesothelioma cases are generally rated at the 100% rating.
  • Each state is different.
  • On average it takes 6 to 8 months to get a decision.
  • This time can be cut in half by utilizing the VA Fully Developed Claims program which has streamlined the decision making process.
  • A lawsuit does not affect your additional VA Benefits because the VA does not look at any compensation received from a lawsuit.
  • The VA is only concerned that you are not receiving a pension and Disability Compensation.