Following our campaign, all veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma as a result of Service now have the choice between receiving a traditional War Pension, or £140,000 in lump sum compensation, regardless of age at diagnosis.
We are grateful to the MOD for taking our campaign seriously and, in doing so, providing a fair result to all those who contracted this terrible terminal cancer in the service of their country.
By taking the time to contact MPs about this issue, our supporters played an important role in persuading the Government to compensate veterans fairly for their suffering. Thank you to everyone who gave their support; the new changes really will make a difference for the families of thousands of veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
Originally the Government’s announcement only benefited those veterans who applied for compensation after 16 December 2015 and not those veterans already diagnosed with the disease. We expressed our disappointment to officials that those veterans living with Mesothelioma today (around 60) weren't included in the changes. Following a review, we're pleased the Government extended eligibility to all veterans.
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