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VA Increases Rates for Mesothelioma Disability Compensation

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Each year on or around December 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs updates the compensation rates for disability claims.

The rates usually increase, and the recent update for the next calendar year is no exception.

The VA published the new rates on December 1, and they took immediate effect. They are applicable through at least November 2021 and likely will be updated again on December 1, 2021. The new benefits are an increase from VA disability rates offered for the previous year.

Veterans who have a service-connected mesothelioma can apply for VA Disability Compensation. This benefit provides monthly financial assistance to veterans in need. As an asbestos-caused cancer, mesothelioma almost always receives a 100% disability rating from the VA.

If you have mesothelioma and served in the U.S. military, contact our Veterans Service Representative. Carl Jewett is a 24-year Navy veteran with a decade of experience helping veterans file for VA Disability Compensation. Email him at [email protected] or call 1-844-838-6376.

How Much Will Veterans With Mesothelioma Get for Disability Claims?

The minimum amount from a Disability Compensation claim increased from $3,106.04 to $3,146.42. This amount goes to veterans who have no dependent spouse, children or parents.

The updated VA Disability Compensation rates for other dependent statuses are:

  • $3,263.74 (one child and no spouse)
  • $3,321.85 (spouse and no children)
  • $3,450.32 (spouse and one child)

Each additional child under age 18 adds $87.17 to the monthly rate. Each additional dependent child age 18 in a qualifying school program adds $281.57.

Veterans with a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance will receive $160.89 in addition to their base compensation rate.

These are all increases from the VA Disability Compensation rates used from December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2020:

  • 3,221.85 (one child and no spouse)
  • 3,279.22 (spouse and no children)
  • 3,406.04 (spouse and one child)
  • $86.05 for each additional child under age 18
  • $277.96 for each additional dependent child older than 18 in a qualifying school program
  • $158.82 for a spouse needing Aid and Attendance

The rates have increased each year since 2018, which is the earliest records available on the VA website.

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About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin’s objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.

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