The surviving loved ones of veterans who died from mesothelioma can get VA benefits.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adjusts their rates of compensation and pension – news of importance to spouses and children of deceased veterans.
The VA released the updated rates for 2022 on Dec. 1, per usual. The rates show increases from a year ago, adjusting for cost-of-living increases.
There are two possibilities for veterans survivors mesothelioma compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC); and Survivors Pension. DIC applies to survivors of veterans who were exposed mostly during military service. Survivors Pension applies to survivors of veterans who were exposed as civilians and meet specific qualifying criteria.
DIC for Survivors of Veterans With Mesothelioma
DIC, a tax-free benefit, begins at $1,437.66 per month for the surviving spouse. This is an increase from $1,357.66 a year ago.
Each dependent child under the age of 18 (a minor) awards $356.16 to the surviving spouse. Compensation also increases by $306 for the first two years if the spouse has a dependent child.
Other circumstances, like needing Housebound benefits or Aid and Attendance care, increase the monthly amount from the VA. Surviving children (under age 18) receive $607 if their mother doesn’t qualify for DIC. A child age 18-23 in high school or college also qualifies for benefits.
Applicants must file a VA claim for mesothelioma to be considered for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.
Survivors Pension From the VA for Mesothelioma
Survivors Pension applies when a veteran who wasn’t exposed primarily during active duty dies of mesothelioma. This usually means they were exposed as a civilian.
Pension rates are based around MAPR, or Maximum Annual Pension Rate. The MAPR sets a ceiling for how much a claimant can receive each year. Income and other assets – such as stocks, furniture and a boat – subtract from the MAPR, setting a final MAPR split into 12 monthly payments.
The starting MAPR for surviving spouses with no children is set at $9,896, an increase from a year ago. This amount increases if the claimant needs benefits like Aid and Attendance, or is Housebound.
If the surviving spouse has a dependent child, the MAPR rises now to $12,951. Each child adds $2,523 to the maximum annual amount. Qualified surviving children have an MAPR of $2,523.
How to Apply for Survivors Benefits From the VA
Carl Jewett, a retired Navy veteran, is a VA claims agent. He specifically helps veterans with mesothelioma or surviving loved ones of veterans who died from mesothelioma.
Email Carl at email@example.com for help with a claim. He can explain how to begin the process and which documents you’ll need to get approved for DIC or Survivors Pension.
Sources & Author
- 2022 VA DIC rates for spouses and dependents. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/disability/survivor-dic-rates/. Accessed: 12/23/2021.
- 2022 VA Survivors Pension benefit rates. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/pension/survivors-pension-rates/. Accessed: 12/23/2021.