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Mesothelioma & Veterans

Updated: May 9, 2023

Why Veterans Get Mesothelioma

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.

About 30% of annual mesothelioma claims come from veterans. You might have a high risk of asbestos exposure if you served in military occupations from 1930 to 1980. Every branch of the military relied on asbestos. VA benefits are available to veterans with mesothelioma.

Key Facts About Mesothelioma & Veterans

  • Every branch of the military used asbestos. Navy veterans were among the most at risk of exposure.

  • Veterans may file VA claims for compensation and access VA health care for mesothelioma.

  • Many veterans also receive compensation through legal settlements.

  • A VA-accredited claims agent can help answer questions about VA disability.

If you have an asbestos-related illness from the military, know you are not alone. Many veterans faced exposure and were not informed, but there is hope. There are resources and support available to help you through this difficult time. To learn more about Mesothelioma please visit:

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