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WWII Veterans Benefits
World War II – Radiation Exposure

Exposure to radiation was common during this war period and into the 1950s due to the extensive experimentation and nuclear testing of the Atomic Bomb. The following conditions have been identified as service-connected by the Veterans Administration:

  • Cancer:
    • Bile ducts
    • Bone
    • Brain
    • Breast
    • Colon
    • Esophagus
    • Gall bladder
    • Lung
    • Ovary
    • Pancreas
    • Pharynx
    • Primary Liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)
    • Salivary gland
    • Small intestine
    • Stomach
    • Thyroid
    • Urinary tract
    • Bronchioloalveolar Carcinoma
    • Leukemia: all forms except chronic lymphocytic leukemia
    • Lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease)
    • Multiple Myeloma
Apply for Benefits with an Alpha Advocate – Vets Helping Vets

If you do not receive a fully favorable decision from the VA, or you disagree with the percentage given to your disability, we can help you appeal for more.

It can take months, in many cases, years, for the VA to grant benefits. If you think you have a service-connected disability, or need help to prove that you do, the Alpha team is ready to help you.

Contact us to get started on your claim.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.


12 comments to “WWII”

  • Ella Davis, October 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    my husband was rated 60% compensation,he was also service-connected,he served in WWII, he died in 07/11/2001,we were getting va check and social security check,after he died me and the kids recieved them from08/2001 til 12/2001 then it was cut off and i,been trying to get back every since,i would love to get help from you. I wrote the web down and it has a lot of info that I didnt know,i hope that you will help me.

  • CC, February 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    My deceased husband (ww2) never used monetary benefits from VA. Die from COPD. He received gov. pension & social security. I am 60; disabled widow receiving $1900 from husband’s benefits. Can I receive something from VA because now I am living $1300 less/month? Please, reply, Thanks!

  • Alpha, March 1, 2012 at 10:43 am


    The news is good and bad. With your income at $1900 a month, you would not be entitled to VA Death Pension. But, if you are in need of assistance with your daily routine, you may be entitled to Pension with Aid and Attendance. In this case, the cost of the assistance you receive is deducted from your monthly income and could certainly lower your income to a point of eligibility. Good Luck.

  • Edward, April 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I am the beneficiary for my Uncle who is now deceased as of July 30 2011. My uncle served in WWII at the young age of 15. He served as a Tank driver. He received an honorable discharge and then they allowed him to re-enlist at 17. Due to mental illness while in the Army, he received a special discharge, but it was not dishonorable. After discharge, he received a rating of NON-Service Connected Disability from the VA. He was 100% disabled upon release from the Army. He never worked. He stayed in mental hospitals a majority of his life. I believe my Uncles disability is service-connected, and his dd-214’s will prove it. My uncle received the wrong rating for 63 yrs. Sending a little boy into a War and expecting him to somehow not be mentally ill upon release really confuses the hell out me. The US violated the Geneva convention when it used my Uncle to fight in WWII. They(US Army) could enlist you at 15, but you weren’t suppose to see any battle until you reach the age of 18 yrs old. In my Uncle’s case they seemed not to care. I have pictures of my Uncle in uniform over in Korea sitting with other Korean children. The VA is terrible and we need to stop sending our boys to fight they are going to be treated like trash when they come home. The problem with the VA is that it allows non-veterans to work with serious Veteran issues. Only a veteran would understand what its like to fight, not civilian personnel. I need some help getting the ball rolling. The VA and the Army played my Uncle like a chump. They thought he would get killed, but he survived and lived to see 80 yrs. I have all my Uncles records to prove my case against the VA. If you can help me please let me know.

    Thank you,


  • Alpha, April 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm


    Very sorry to hear this about your Uncle. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do unless he has a surviving spouse. We might be able to assist with accrued benefits (getting her the payment he should have received), but if not I’m not sure we can help. If he does have a surviving spouse, please call Alpha at 877-611-7724.

  • Alice M. Hoyt, April 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    My husband was a WWII veteran & died November 16, 2009 of lung cancer. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 & after training served on the destroyer USS Isherwood which was hit by a kamikaze in the South Pacific. He served 4 years then enlisted in the
    Air Force for the next 26 years. After retirement he received a pension but when he died I had to return that months allowance and have received nothing since. I received SS in the amount of $977.00 a month. Am I qualified for a VA pension?

  • Alpha, April 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm


    Eligibility for DIC is warranted when the cause of death is service connected. There is a chance that asbestos exposure while in the Navy led to his lung cancer, which would make you eligible. You would need to apply for DIC to the VA and they would need a medical opinion that your husband’s lung cancer was as likely as not due to his exposure to Asbestosis while in the USN.

  • Wendy, November 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    My father enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, was mainly on subs, destroyers, then carriers. He died of lung cancer in 1997, I always felt it was due to asbestos, it had metastisized to his brain. I was his dependent and never married, I am filing a claim for his benefits, because we traveled with my father to his duty station, but the 11 years of my life were spent without him. My grandmother showed me an article where my father was MIA at Pearl Harbor 1949, and I remember being so proud of my father. But the reason I am reaching out is I thought that I should have been able to get help with my education and I did not know whom to contact with the military to get financial aid< as a matter of fact I obtained my degree with student loans. All I am saying is that I should be entitled to something I feel, unless otherwise proven.

  • Alpha, November 26, 2012 at 11:18 am


    While there is potentially a good case to relate your father’s death to his asbestos exposure, the issue would be whether you are still classified as a dependent for VA purposes. I assume that you are over the age of 18. In order to retain the classification as a dependent, the record must show that you were totally disabled and incapable of self support prior to reaching your 18th birthday. If you feel that you would meet that criteria, then by all means pursue the claim for Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC) by completing a VA Form 21-534 and submitting it to the nearest regional office. Good luck.

  • Edward, October 24, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Due to the requirement for presumptive diseases being that you were exposed to or served in WWII. I wondering why they gave my uncle a rating of non-service connected. Was it because they had not considered PTSD as a service connected disability? When the VA changed it’s rules, weren’t they supposed to automatically change my uncles rating to service-connected. Isn’t the Estate of my uncle owed money if in fact the VA does recognize the mistake they made 64 year ago in reference to his rating? I don’t think my uncle needs a spouse to collect retroactive money due his estate. I could be wrong, but I really don’t think he needs to have a spouse for his estate to be paid his retroactive funds.



  • Alpha, October 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm


    PTSD is not a presumptive disease and a presumptive disease only applies to Vietnam veterans with exposures to Agent Orange, some disease with Gulf War veterans, or individuals who were labeled and recognized as a POW (Prisoner of War) during the war. The VA changing any laws (e.g. Nehmer law added 3 new Agent Orange disabilities to their list of what they recognized to develop because of the exposure) sometimes leads to them re-reviewing claims denied that were affected by the new law change. The only change toward PTSD was how they evaluated and determined service connection based on combat awards which meant a veteran no longer needed to provide evidence showing the things he experienced (e.g. military logs of incoming attacks, personnel lost, etc.) as long as they have a combat award on their DD 214 and a diagnosis of PTSD.

    Your Uncle’s PTSD may have never been filed before (explaining why it wasn’t considered to be service connected), or he was missing a statement from a doctor linking the condition to his military experience. If so then he needs to re-file and get a statement linking the PTSD to his military experience, from the individual treating him, condition in order for the VA to recognize it and possibly grant service connected benefits for it.

  • Edward Dunbar, October 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Dear Alpha,

    Die to the fact that my Uncle served in the military at 15 years old, and the that he died as a result of the militaries negligence in allowing children to serve in WWII, and releasing them back into the community to be mentally incapacitated the rest of their lives, can’t his Estate sue the VA and government? My Uncle died from Lung Cancer and Metastastes to the Brain as a result of being exposed to radiation in Korea and WWII. During the time when he was real eased from the military there was racism, and there is no way they were going to give a Negro service connected rating. When we talk about Black Men serving the Country you have to look at the time frame to see what the mindset was at that time. It was not good. The White Soldiers did not want to fight next to a Negro, so why would we believe that they would diagnose my uncle properly. They robbed him and it was racially motivated. If you do some research on the US using children to fight in Korea and WWII, you won’t find anything because they destroyed all the records. I have proof that the US used American children, such as my Uncle, in Korea and Germany. Isn’t that against the Law and the Geneva Convention to use children in War. I don’t think my uncle was the only child the US Military used. I am of the opinion that the VA owes my uncles Estate well over 2.5 million in retroactive pay for miscalculating his rating as non-service connected for 64 years. Due to my uncle being mentally incapacitated he qualifies for equitable tolling as in relation to filing his case when he was living. From what I read he is not time barred under equitable tolling if he was mentally incapacitated.