Veterans and Mesothelioma
The link between veterans and mesothelioma is significant. Veterans who served in any branch of the military account for 33 percent of all mesothelioma cases. (NIH)
Because asbestos was as an inexpensive, effective and supposedly safe form of insulation that is both heat and fire retardant, ship builders used it in building every ship commissioned for much of the twentieth century, likely causing asbestos exposure that linked many veterans and mesothelioma forever.
Sokolove Law is committed to helping veterans
We continually tour the country talking to veterans and spreading the word about the dangers of asbestos exposure, the symptoms of mesothelioma, and legal options. We look forward to seeing you at one of these military reunions and conventions. This list will be updated as events are added so please check back.
- January 30, 2013 - VFW Texas Mid Winter Round-up, Austin, TX
- February 15, 2013 - VFW Mid Winter Conference, Orlando, FL
- February 22, 2013 - American Legion Department Service Officers School, Washington, DC
- March 13, 2013 - Destroyer Escort Sailors Association Luncheon, Brighton, MI
- July 20, 2013 - VFW National Convention, Louisville, KY
- August 23, 2013 - American Legion National Convention, Houston, Texas
Veterans and Mesothelioma: Help for Veterans
Veterans and mesothelioma have, unfortunately, become so connected in recent decades that those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases can get help through the U.S. government. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans and mesothelioma patients who qualify can receive a number of tax-free benefits, including health care and disability compensation. Disability benefits paid through the VA range from $123 to $2,673 per month.
Compensation is paid according to the degree of a veteran’s disability as well as the number of dependents. Veterans and mesothelioma victims with severe disabilities may be entitled to additional monthly sums.
Veterans and mesothelioma patients can also visit any of the 1,400 VA medical centers and clinics across the country that offer low-cost treatment options. There are also a number of private and non-profit Veteran Service Organizations that are available to aid veterans and mesothelioma patients with questions regarding their legal rights or medical care options.
Veterans and Mesothelioma: Getting Legal Help
Veterans and mesothelioma patients who have previously served in the military and now suffer from the deadly cancer can pursue legal action against the makers of the asbestos product that harmed you.
Speak to a mesothelioma attorney at Sokolove Law today about the connections between veterans and mesothelioma, and the possibility of eventually pursuing a lawsuit.