Information for Veterans
Mesothelioma disproportionately affects veterans. In fact, it is estimated that veterans make up one third of all mesothelioma patients. Given this statistic and the particular needs of veterans, please make sure to read through this section and call us if you have any questions.
VA COORDINATOR AT YOUR HOSPITALAs a mesothelioma patient, the first thing you should know is that your hospital, and all other hospitals where you will receive treatment, employ a VA coordinator. Make sure you ask to meet with this person whose job it is to help you fill out forms and advise you on benefits provided through the VA system.
SPEEDING UP CLAIMSOne of the most criticized aspects of VA care is the slowness with which claims are processed due to the claim backlog. The Veterans Administration is taking steps in resolving this issue as reported here.
ONE VETERAN'S EXPERIENCE WITH MESOTHELIOMAPlease note that the following is one person's experience and may not apply to your situation. Different states have different rules and laws, therefore, please consult with an expert, and make sure you have a full understanding of the consequences of each action, before applying for any benefits listed below.
by Mike Clements
As a 6-year survivor of mesothelioma, I'd like to share my hard-earned knowledge of what you need to do to prepare your life for post-surgery and avoid unnecessary financial losses. The reason I'm sharing my losses with you is to ensure you will understand how significant your failure to act promptly will be. READ MORE>>
RESOURCES FOR VETERANSVeteran Services Organizations (VSOs) are usually nonprofit organizationS with either a private membership base or created as a federal corporation through Congress. There are many of these organizations but most are founded to provide free professional assistance to veterans and their families. Those that provide the assistance are often called Veteran Services Officers (also VSOs). These individuals are trained specifically to assist with filling and receiving claims within The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Some VSOs which could be helpful to mesothelioma patients in processing the claims and paperwork needed to apply for VA benefits are listed below. Please use this list in consideration and choose an organization based on your needs and background.
The America Legion - America’s largest wartime veterans services organization.
American Red Cross - While there is a strong focus on disaster relief, this organization does help military families and veterans.
AMVETS - has an extensive network of trained national service officers (NSOs) who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Disabled American Veterans - dedicated to providing the best quality of life possible for our veterans.
Fleet Reserve Association - created for current and former enlisted members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Marine Corps League - retains a full time staff member to assist Marine Corp veterans with the claims process.
National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. - meets the needs specific to minority veterans and works with the National Veterans Legal Services Program.
National Association of County Veterans Services Officers, Inc. - promotes and protects the rights of veterans and their dependents.
National Veterans Legal Services Program - works to ensure that both veterans and active duty personnel receive the benefits needed.
National Veterans Organization of America - provides advice and assistance in filing a claim.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States - the largest organization of combat veterans they have a network to assist with VA claims and processing.
Vietnam Veterans of America - only organization dedicated to the needs of veterans and their families from the Vietnam-era.