Mesothelioma Resources for Veterans

Veterans with mesothelioma may be able to access dozens of medical, military, and financial resources to get the support needed to fight this cancer. Explore top resources below and work with the Mesothelioma Veterans Center to access them.

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What Are the Best Mesothelioma Resources?

An older veteran talks on the phoneA broad range of resources can make life easier for veterans with mesothelioma.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center is the leading resource for veterans with mesothelioma. We’ve helped thousands of families affected by mesothelioma access VA benefits, treatments, financial compensation, legal justice, and peace of mind.

Other mesothelioma resources include:

  • Benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): These include monthly compensation, free or inexpensive medical treatment, and more.
  • Mesothelioma & veterans organizations: Groups across the country connect veterans with mesothelioma to support groups, top doctors and treatment centers, and more.
  • Legal options: Mesothelioma patients may be able to secure compensation worth $1 million or more on average by working with asbestos lawyers, with no action taken against any branch of the U.S. military or government.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center can connect you with top resources after a diagnosis right now. Learn about all of the ways we can help you in our Free Veterans Packet.

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Mesothelioma VA Benefits

Veterans have a higher risk of mesothelioma due to widespread military asbestos use between the 1930s and 1980s. Today, the VA offers a wide range of benefits to help veterans with mesothelioma.

Learn about key mesothelioma VA benefits below.

VA Financial Benefits

The VA offers monthly disability compensation to veterans with service-related injuries or health problems.

Because many U.S. veterans were exposed to asbestos while they served, they may qualify for VA disability compensation if they develop mesothelioma.

The VA typically assigns a 100% disability rating to veterans with mesothelioma. This amounts to $3,946.25 in disability compensation a month for married veterans.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center has VA-accredited attorneys on staff who can help veterans file for disability compensation or increase their disability rating to 100%. Contact our team right now to get started.

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VA Health Care for Mesothelioma

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Through the VA health care system, veterans with mesothelioma can get treatment from some of the world’s best mesothelioma doctors at little to no cost.

Since mesothelioma veterans are almost always considered 100% disabled, they qualify for the lowest health care premiums.

Veterans can receive treatment for both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma at top VA medical centers located throughout the country.

Local VA Mesothelioma Treatment Options

If you live far away from a VA cancer center, you may be able to get mesothelioma treatments through several different options.

These include:

  • Community care: Veterans can get treatments from local doctors who are approved by the VA in specific cases, like if they require specialized care not offered by the nearest VA facility or can’t travel to a VA cancer center for treatment.
  • The Office of Rural Health: This agency helps veterans living in rural communities get care. It also offers telehealth services and trains doctors to treat rural veterans.

Veterans who need to travel for care may also be able to get the costs of their trip reimbursed in some cases.

Geriatrics & Extended Care Services

Most veterans who develop mesothelioma are 65 or older. If you are an older veteran with mesothelioma, you may benefit from the VA’s geriatrics & extended care services.

Through this program, veterans can access:

  • At-home care from a doctor-supervised team
  • Hospice care
  • Palliative cancer treatments

Respite services are also available, allowing mesothelioma caregivers to get well-deserved breaks and recharge.

Veterans with a medical need for these services can access them through VA health care.

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line allows those thinking about self-harm or suicide to get help from trained responders, including fellow veterans, 24/7.

You can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by:

You don’t need to be receiving VA benefits to access this confidential help line.

Mesothelioma and Cancer Organizations

Many mesothelioma organizations can connect patients with medical and financial resources. Learn about some of the top mesothelioma organizations below.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center is the world’s most trusted resource for veterans with mesothelioma.

Since our founding in 2015, we’ve helped thousands of veterans, civilians, and their loved ones get the help they need.

Our team can help you access:

  • Benefits from the VA: To access or increase your VA benefits, work with our on-staff veterans support team, led by U.S. veteran and VA-accredited lawyer Eric Hall.
  • Doctors and treatments: We have registered nurses and patient advocates on staff who can help you access the medical care you need to fight mesothelioma.
  • Legal justice: If eligible, our legal partners can pursue financial compensation on your behalf without taking action against the government or military.

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American Cancer Society

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has been one of the nation’s leading resources on cancer.

Through the ACS, you can:

  • Access information about mesothelioma and other cancers
  • Join online cancer support groups
  • Seek free transportation and lodging, if you need to travel for cancer treatments

The organization has also donated billions of dollars toward cancer research and funds programs to help patients get the care they deserve.

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Since 2004, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has advocated for a ban on this toxic substance and provides free information to assist mesothelioma patients.

With the ADAO’s help, you can:

  • Find a list of doctors and medical centers that treat mesothelioma
  • Share your story and read about others fighting this cancer
  • Take action by signing petitions to ban asbestos

Connect with this organization by going to the official ADAO website.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is a nonprofit organization established in 1999. Today, some of the country’s best mesothelioma specialists serve on its board of directors.

The Meso Foundation can help you access:

  • Information about mesothelioma treatment options
  • Mesothelioma support groups for patients and caregivers
  • Top mesothelioma doctors
  • Travel grants for qualifying patients

To learn more, visit the Meso Foundation website or call (877) 363-6376.

National Cancer Institute

The U.S. government runs the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which sponsors research on all types of cancer, including mesothelioma.

Visit the NCI website to learn more about mesothelioma, explore potential treatments, and find clinical trials that are currently recruiting patients.

Veterans Foundations

Veterans foundations are groups that focus on veterans' needs. Learn about top foundations that can help veterans with mesothelioma below.

The American Legion

Founded in 1919, the American Legion (AML) has raised millions of dollars for veterans and started programs to address their needs.

Veterans can visit the AML website to get help applying for VA benefits, pursue temporary financial aid, and learn about military health care options.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is the oldest veterans support organization, founded in 1899.

Through the VFW, veterans can:

  • Access mental health resources
  • Apply for grants worth up to $1,500
  • Connect with Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) to file for VA benefits

The VFW also advocates for new laws that will help improve the standards of care and quality of life for veterans. Learn more on the VFW website.

Mesothelioma Legal Resources

It’s helpful to explore your legal options after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Manufacturers of asbestos-based products knew the health risks of exposure but hid them for decades.

With help from our veteran-founded partner law firm, you may be able to file legal claims to seek justice and mesothelioma compensation from these manufacturers.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Mesothelioma lawsuits demand compensation from companies that made, sold, or used asbestos-containing products while hiding the risks from the public.

The average mesothelioma lawsuit awards over $1 million, and when you work with our legal partners, you may start to receive money within 90 days of filing your case.

Did you know?

You don’t have to worry if you’re a U.S. veteran. Mesothelioma lawyers at our partner law firm never sue the U.S. military or government, and you can still access VA benefits if you file a lawsuit.

Call (877) 450-8973 now to see if you qualify to work with a mesothelioma lawyer who can file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Asbestos Trust Funds

Asbestos companies that filed for bankruptcy were court-ordered to create special trusts to compensate those harmed by their products.

Today, an estimated $30 billion is still available in asbestos trust funds, and you may be entitled to a portion of this money.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center can help you or your loved ones file claims to pursue trust fund payouts, lawsuit compensation, and VA benefits at the same time if eligible.

Explore all of the ways we can help you in our Free Veterans Packet.

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Other Resources for Veterans with Mesothelioma

Besides the resources listed above, many others can help U.S. veterans and civilians following a diagnosis.

Other notable resources for mesothelioma veterans include:

Call (877) 450-8973 now to get help finding mesothelioma resources for you or a veteran you love.

Access Mesothelioma Resources for Veterans

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center is proud to connect veterans with the mesothelioma resources they deserve after a diagnosis.

Since our founding, thousands of veterans and families have turned to us to find top mesothelioma resources and understand their options after a diagnosis.

We stand ready to support you and your family, too.

Our patient advocates and VA-accredited attorneys can help you:

  • Access or increase your VA benefits
  • Find medical care from top doctors
  • Get support during this trying time
  • Pursue legal compensation to cover your expenses

Request a Free Veterans Packet or call (877) 450-8973 now to find out all of the ways we may be able to assist you.

Mesothelioma Resources FAQs

What are some top mesothelioma resources for veterans?

Some of the top mesothelioma resources for veterans are available through VA benefits.

The VA currently offers monthly mesothelioma compensation worth $3,946.25, as well as free or reduced-cost medical care to many veterans.

We can help veterans with mesothelioma file for VA benefits now. Our team can also work to maximize VA benefits on a veteran’s behalf.

How do you help someone with mesothelioma?

There are many ways to help someone with mesothelioma.

Ways you can help include:

  • Going with them to doctor visits
  • Offering to take on some of their daily chores
  • Listening to their concerns, struggles, and wins

You can also recommend mesothelioma resources that may be of use to them if they are feeling overwhelmed or uncertain of how to move forward.

How can I find the best resources for veterans with mesothelioma?

You can find the best resources to help veterans with mesothelioma by connecting with the Mesothelioma Veterans Center.

By working with our team, you or a veteran you love can get help pursuing VA benefits, treatments from top doctors and cancer centers, legal compensation, and much more.

Get a Free Veterans Packet to see all of the resources that we offer to veterans and civilians fighting mesothelioma.

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Christopher Dryfoos is a journalist and member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). As the grandson of the U.S. Navy’s first forensic pathologist, he aims to help veterans with mesothelioma access needed care.

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