Every year in the United States, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. Unfortunately, this cancer disproportionately affects the men and women that have served our country. Some reports indicate that about one third of mesothelioma patients are Veterans.

Many Veterans have misconceptions about the VA and benefits eligibility. If you are a Veteran and you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma – free help is available.

Retired Naval officer, Lt. Cmdr. Carl Jewett helps Veterans and their loved ones receive compensation from VA as a result of asbestos illnesses like mesothelioma. Serving as a VA-accredited claims agent, he provides free assistance in filing for VA benefits.

“Most Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma are entitled to disability compensation or pension benefits. Surviving spouses and dependents may also qualify for dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) or survivor pension from VA,” said Jewett. “Veterans make up the largest group of people diagnosed with mesothelioma because asbestos was so widely used in the military. As a Vet who served your country, you are entitled to these benefits. They are your right. These financial benefits are how we, as a nation, take care of the men and women who helped to preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy in this country, especially those who are disabled as a result of their military service.”

Jewett is a retired Navy submariner who served in the military for just under 24 years, both enlisted and as an officer. Jewett understands that sometimes obstacles and concerns may keep a Veteran from filing a claim. Sometimes the greatest obstacles are misconceptions that many Veterans have about their eligibility for VA benefits.


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