The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers various benefit programs to veterans and their dependents, such as VA Disability Compensation for veterans with a service-connected disability (such as an illness); VA Pension for veterans with a health condition linked to their civilian life; and compensation for the surviving loved ones of veterans who had a health condition and passed away.

These types of compensation are available from VA mesothelioma claims that veterans or their loved ones can file to receive financial assistance.
Each year, the VA adjusts the compensation rates to reflect the average increase in cost of living, among other factors.

 

VA Disability Compensation Rates

VA Disability Compensation is a monthly, tax-free benefit provided to veterans with a service-connected health condition, such as mesothelioma. Veterans with mesothelioma can easily calculate the monthly payment they’ll receive from a VA Disability claim. Veterans with service-connected mesothelioma are given a 100% disability rating by the VA, which means they receive the maximum amount designated for their dependent status.

Veterans can also receive two additional benefits: Housebound; and Aid and Attendance. Housebound adds $446 to the monthly payment, and Aid and Attendance adds $913.21. These amounts are also adjusted annually for cost of living.

As of December 1, 2023, the VA Disability Compensation rates are:

Dependent Status 100% Disability Rating Veteran with Housebound Benefits Veteran Requires Aid & Attendance
Single veterans $3,737.85 $4,183.85 $4,651.06
Single veterans and one child $3,877.22 $4,323.22 $4,790.43
Married veterans $3,946.25 $4,392.25 $4,859.46
Married veterans and one child $4,098.87 $4,544.87 $5,012.08
Dependent Status 100% Disability Rating Veteran with Housebound Benefits Veteran Requires Aid & Attendance
Single veterans $3,737.85 $4,183.85 $4,651.06
Single veterans and one child $3,877.22 $4,323.22 $4,790.43
Married veterans $3,946.25 $4,392.25 $4,859.46
Married veterans and one child $4,098.87 $4,544.87 $5,012.08

Additional VA Disability Compensation amounts include:

  • $103.55 for each additional dependent child
  • $334.49 for each additional child over 18 in a qualified school program
  • $191.14 if the spouse requires Aid & Attendance

 

VA Pension Rates

VA Pension is a compensation benefit available to veterans with mesothelioma who are not eligible for VA Disability Compensation. Pension is for veterans whose mesothelioma is from asbestos exposure occurring mostly during civilian life. To qualify for VA Pension, the veteran must have served on active duty for at least 90 days and served at least one day during a wartime period.

To calculate your VA Pension amount, the VA subtracts your annual income from the Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR), and you’ll receive the difference broken up into 12 monthly payments.

As of December 1, 2023, the MAPR for VA Pension for veterans are:

Dependent Status Without Housebound or Aid & Attendance With Housebound Benefits With Aid & Attendance Benefits
Veterans with no dependents $16,551 $20,226 $27,609
Veterans with at least one dependent (spouse or child) $21,674 $25,348 $32,729
Dependent Status Without Housebound or Aid & Attendance With Housebound Benefits With Aid & Attendance Benefits
Veterans with no dependents $16,551 $20,226 $27,609
Veterans with at least one dependent (spouse or child) $21,674 $25,348 $32,729
MAPR for two married veterans filing together:
Without Housebound or Aid & Attendance benefits $21,674
With Housebound benefits for one of you $25,348
With Housebound benefits for both of you $29,021
With Aid & Attendance benefits for one of you $32,729
With Housebound benefits for one of you and Aid & Attendance benefits for the other $36,395
With Aid & Attendance benefits for both of you and your spouse $43,791

Add $2,831 to your MAPR for each additional dependent child. If you have a dependent child who works, exclude up to $14,600 of their annual wages from the income subtracted from your MAPR.

 

VA Benefit Rates for Survivors

VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and VA Survivors Pension are the two types of VA compensation available to survivors.

Nearly 1,000 veterans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer with poor survival rates, which means many veterans pass away due to their cancer. Fortunately, there are benefits available to surviving spouses and dependents.

 

VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Rates

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free benefit for surviving spouses of veterans who have passed away due to service-related mesothelioma, or a similar condition.

As of December 1, 2023, the amount of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation available to survivors:

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation available to survivors
Monthly foundation rate $1,612.75
One dependent child under age 18 $399.54
8-year provision $342.46
Aid & Attendance $399.54
Housebound benefits $187.17
Transitional benefit for two years $342

If you qualify for all of the above, this equals a monthly payment of $3,283.46. After two years, the transitional benefit expires and reduces the monthly amount to $2,941.46.

 

VA Survivors Pension Rates

VA Survivors Pension is a VA compensation benefit available to the surviving spouse or dependent of a veteran who has passed away due to non-service-connected mesothelioma and served during a wartime period.

As of December 1, 2023, the MAPR for surviving spouses:

Dependent Status Without Housebound or Aid & Attendance With Housebound Benefits With Aid & Attendance Benefits
Surviving spouses with no dependents $11,102 $13,568 $17,743
Surviving spouses with at least one dependent (spouse or child): $14,529 $16,989 $21,166
Dependent Status Without Housebound or Aid & Attendance With Housebound Benefits With Aid & Attendance Benefits
Surviving spouses with no dependents $11,102 $13,568 $17,743
Surviving spouses with at least one dependent (spouse or child): $14,529 $16,989 $21,166

*include $2,831 for each additional dependent

Unmarried, dependent children of veterans may also be eligible for $2,831 in Survivors Pension.

 

How to File VA Claims for Mesothelioma

Veterans with mesothelioma are victims of asbestos exposure and deserve to be compensated for their selfless sacrifices for our country. The VA offers various compensation programs for veterans with mesothelioma and surviving dependents.

Filing a claim with the VA can seem overwhelming due to the amount of paperwork required, but working with a VA-accredited claims agent can simplify the process. Contact Mesothelioma Guide’s VA-accredited claims agent, Retired LCDR, Carl Jewett. He specializes in assisting veterans with mesothelioma file VA claims and has helped thousands of veterans receive benefits.

Email Carl at carl@mesotheliomaguide.com to learn more about VA compensation.

Sources & Author

  1. 2024 Veterans disability compensation rates. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/disability/compensation-rates/veteran-rates/. Accessed: 12/08/2023.
  2. 2024 VA pension rates for Veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/pension/veterans-pension-rates/. Accessed: 12/08/2023.
  3. 2024 VA DIC rates for spouses and dependents. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/disability/survivor-dic-rates/. Accessed: 12/08/2023.2024 VA Survivors Pension benefit rates.
  4. 2024 VA Survivors Pension benefit rates. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved from: https://www.va.gov/pension/survivors-pension-rates/. Accessed: 12/08/2023.
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About the Writer, Camryn Keeble

Camryn Keeble is the senior content writer and editor for Mesothelioma Guide. She creates mesothelioma-related content for the Mesothelioma Guide website. Camryn's goal is to decipher advanced information regarding mesothelioma into informative, simplified content to educate those affected by mesothelioma. She also works diligently to raise awareness of mesothelioma and its effects on patients and their loved ones.

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About the Writer, Camryn Keeble

Camryn Keeble is the senior content writer and editor for Mesothelioma Guide. She creates mesothelioma-related content for the Mesothelioma Guide website. Camryn's goal is to decipher advanced information regarding mesothelioma into informative, simplified content to educate those affected by mesothelioma. She also works diligently to raise awareness of mesothelioma and its effects on patients and their loved ones.