The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Fiduciary Program can take a great load off of veterans with mesothelioma by allowing another person to manage their VA benefits. This allows the veteran to focus on mesothelioma treatment and recovery. Veterans can choose their VA fiduciary in most cases. Anyone who meets the VA’s qualifications can be a VA fiduciary.
What Is a VA Fiduciary?
A VA fiduciary is someone appointed to help a disabled veteran manage their VA benefits.
The VA established its fiduciary program in 1975 to help veterans properly manage their health care and financial benefits with the help of someone they trust.
Through VA benefits, veterans with mesothelioma may receive disability compensation, medical treatment, and other forms of support depending on their condition.
However, if a veteran cannot properly manage their financial affairs or benefits, they may fall behind on payments for basic living expenses or even lose their money through third-party scams.
Reasons veterans may not be able to manage their VA benefits include:
- Mental health conditions
- Old age
Fiduciaries may be appointed in 1 of 2 ways:
- A veteran provides medical evidence showing they cannot manage their benefits on their own
- The VA or a court determines the veteran needs a fiduciary due to existing medical conditions
Though the idea of a VA-appointed fiduciary may seem scary to some, they can be very helpful in making sure a veteran gets the benefits they deserve. In addition, a veteran usually gets to choose their VA fiduciary — meaning they can pick a trusted spouse, relative, or friend.
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- VA Disability Claims
- Survivor Benefits
- Finding Veteran Doctors
VA Fiduciary Benefits for Veterans With Mesothelioma
Veterans can greatly benefit from the VA’s fiduciary program — especially if they have mesothelioma.
Though the cancer takes several decades to develop, it is very aggressive and often requires intensive medical treatments (such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation) to improve survival. Thankfully, veterans may be able to receive VA health care while they battle their cancer.
It can be difficult to afford various expenses during treatment — even those that may be covered by VA benefits, such as mortgage payments and grocery bills. This can add stress at a time when the veteran is already fighting for their lives.
The appointment of a fiduciary can relieve this extra burden. The veteran can devote their energy to recovering while their fiduciary ensures their benefits are used in the right ways.