About VA Disability Benefits for Cancer
Many veterans develop cancer years after they leave the military. But what many veterans don’t know, is that their cancer may have been caused by their service in the military. Cancer can take many forms and have many causes: toxic exposure, asbestos, Agent Orange, or contaminated groundwater.
You can file for VA disability benefits for cancer decades after you left your active-duty service. There is no time limit to filing a VA disability benefits cancer claim after you left the military. In fact, it is common for veterans to file for VA disability benefits for cancer many years after their discharge.
Monthly VA Compensation for Cancer
Many veterans are receiving over $2,900 a month from the Veterans Administration in cancer benefits. Many veterans are unable to work while they have cancer and may be able to receive Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits. There are also extra monthly VA benefits for veterans with cancer and dependent children and dependent parents.
Your effective date will determine when you should have started receiving VA disability benefits for cancer. Some veterans will find their effective date was years before they are approved for VA disability benefits for cancer. That means the Veterans Administration may have to give you a check for your back pay. That will come in a lump sum payment and can end up being a substantial amount.
Agent Orange and Cancer
Agent Orange is a defoliant that the U.S. military used frequently. Agent Orange was used mostly in the Vietnam and Korean wars. However, many veterans were exposed to Agent Orange while transporting the defoliant on planes and ships. Some U.S. military bases also used Agent Orange or stored it on the premises.
Agent Orange contains a cancerous chemical call dioxin and has left many veterans sick. Dioxin is known to cause cancer in those exposed to it. Exposed veterans with cancer are eligible for veterans benefits. Agent Orange VA disability benefits provide monthly compensation to veterans who have cancer.
- Vietnam War: The U.S. military used lots of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. If you had “boots on the ground” in Vietnam, you are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. Therefore, your cancer may be considered service-connected.
- Korean War: The U.S. military used lots of Agent Orange around the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. Not all troops stationed in Korea are considered to have come in contact with Agent Orange, but many of them were exposed.
- U.S. Navy: The U.S. Navy often transported Agent Orange which caused many veterans to be exposed to Agent Orange. There is currently legislation to accept Agent Orange claims from more Navy veterans who were in blue water.
- U.S. Air Force: The U.S. Air Force transported Agent Orange regularly. Many U.S. Air Force veterans may have been exposed when handling the barrels of Agent Orange.
- U.S. Military Bases: Many U.S. military bases stored Agent Orange. Some veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange when they were moving barrels of Agent Orange. Other military bases used Agent Orange to defoliate and some may have spilled it in the groundwater.
- Other Locations: The U.S. military used Agent Orange for a very long time and in many different places. If you think your cancer is from Agent Orange exposure, we can help you figure out where you were exposed.
Contaminated Groundwater and Cancer
Many veterans may have cancer from drinking, bathing, cooking, and washing clothes in contaminated groundwater at U.S. military bases. Contaminated groundwater VA disability benefits are available to veterans who may have cancer from being exposed to toxins and chemicals in groundwater.
- Anniston Army Depot: Anniston Army Depot is located in Alabama. Anniston Army Depot was where our nation’s military stored ammunitions, chemicals, fuel, and other toxic compounds for decades. Unfortunately, many of these substances leaked into the groundwater, streams, and rivers.
- Camp Lejeune: From 1957 to 1987 U.S. service members and their families drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune located in North Carolina. The same water was used for cooking, cleaning, and showering. For decades fuel, dry cleaning agents, and other contaminates leaked into the groundwater which the base used.
- Camp Pendleton: Camp Pendleton is a Marine Corp training facility located in California, which is a “Superfund Clean Up Site.” According to the EPA, there was a groundwater well located only 1,320 feet from one of the disposal areas.
- Fort McClellan: Fort McClellan, located in Anniston, Alabama is also known as Fort Mac. The groundwater at Fort McClellan is also contaminated and veterans used the contaminated water for daily use.
- Other Military Bases: There may be many other U.S. military installations that were using contaminated groundwater throughout the years. If you have questions, you can always call us and see if there is a connection between your cancer and where you served. Click here to learn more about military base toxic exposure claims.
Toxic Exposure and Cancer
The U.S. military has used many toxic chemicals and substances over the decades. Many of these toxic chemicals and substances may have caused cancer in many veterans. Things such as fuel, engine degreasers, benzene exposure, and cleaners used at military bases may have been considered cancerous and may be responsible for your cancer.
Lots of U.S. Navy ships and military building also contained asbestos. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. It is a deadly form of lung cancer and has a slim chance of survival.
Hiring a VA Disability Benefits Lawyer
Woods & Woods veterans disability lawyers never charge a penny unless you win your VA disability benefits for cancer. Our law firm has fought for thousands of veterans and their families. We offer free legal consultations to anyone who has questions. To find out more about VA disability benefits for cancer, call us today. The call and advice are free.