The United States Department of Veterans Affairs increased the disability compensation amounts for military veterans. This is important news for veterans with mesothelioma cancer.
The monthly compensation amount varies based on the disability rating given by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans with mesothelioma nearly always qualify for a 100% disability rating.
Under this rating, veterans with no dependents (no children, spouse or dependent parents) receive $3,332.06 each month. This is an increase from the $3,146.42 set previously.
The VA updates the disability rates each year on Dec. 1. They are applicable until Nov. 30 of the following year, in this case Nov. 30, 2022. Each year, the mesothelioma disability compensation amount from the VA increases slightly to coincide with cost-of-living adjustments.
Rates for Mesothelioma Disability Compensation: No Dependent Children
The VA provides compensation due to the high number of veterans with diseases related to their service. Mesothelioma is one such disease, connected to high rates of asbestos exposure in every military branch.
Veterans with a spouse, dependent parent(s) or a combination receive more from the VA each month:
- $3,481.16 with only a dependent parent
- $3,517.84 with only a spouse
- $3,630.26 with two dependent parents
- $3,666.94 with a spouse and one dependent parent
- $3,816.04 with a spouse and two dependent parents
These are all increases of nearly $200 from the rates set for 2021. If a veteran’s spouse needs Aid and Attendance, the monthly payment increases by $170.
Rates for Mesothelioma Disability Compensation: Dependent Children
When the veteran has a dependent child – or multiple children – the rates are higher. A veteran with one dependent child – and no spouse or dependent parent – receives $3,456.30 each month. This is up from $3,263.74 set for 2021.
The other rates, specifically for dependent children, are:
- $3,605.40 for a child and one dependent parent
- $3,653.89 for a child and spouse
- $3,754.50 for a child and two dependent parents
- $3,802.99 for a child, spouse and one dependent parent
- $3,952.09 for a child, spouse and two dependent parents
These are all increases of a little more than $200 from the past year’s rates.
If the veteran has more than one dependent child, they receive $92.31 per month for each additional child. Each child over 18 years old in a qualifying school program (such as college) grants $298.18 extra each month to the qualifying veteran with mesothelioma.
How to Get VA Disability Compensation as a Veteran With Mesothelioma
The easiest way to get VA disability compensation is with a VA claims agent. Our VA expert, retired 24-year Navy veteran Carl Jewett, can help file your VA claim for mesothelioma.
He can simplify the process and handle the bulk of the paperwork, making the steps much more manageable. He’ll also improve your chances of getting approved the first time you apply for compensation. Email Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started right away.
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- 2022 Veterans disability compensation rates. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/disability/compensation-rates/veteran-rates/. Accessed: 12/07/2021.
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