Uploaded on Oct 21, 2011
Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Carl Jewett discusses many issues involving VA asbestos claims in this video segment. Specifically, Jewett explains there are many common misconceptions associated with VA benefits, Navy asbestos claims and asbestos related diseases.
One common misconception among veterans: If you are already retired then you are not eligible for disability. This is not true. If you want to work and have a disability from active duty, you are eligible for disability. The VA provides disability compensation for veterans who have a condition that resulted from service, as long as the proper documentation is filed.
Another common misconception that the process of getting benefits is just too complicated and difficult. This is also not true. The process of receiving disability compensation, benefits and healthcare is fairly straightforward, although it does require you to understand what documentation is necessary to get a claim approved.
Given that you were not diagnosed with this disease while you were on active duty, you may be required to explain how your disease or condition is a "service-related condition." How was your service the primary contributing factor to your condition? Your story will not be dissimilar to others because U.S. Navy asbestos exposure was more common than first believed.
Jewett recommends if you were exposed to asbestos in the Navy and you are seeking veterans' benefits, write a letter that includes details about how you were exposed, what you did as a civilian and why you believe that you have a service-related disease or condition.
Because it is well known that there was asbestos on Navy ships, it becomes important to educate veterans on their rights to receive benefits, healthcare and compensation for any service-related issue that stemmed from asbestos exposure.
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