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Helpful Veterans Administration Contact Information

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Mesothelioma Overview

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer primarily caused by asbestos exposure. Close to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the cancer yearly, with veterans accounting for nearly 30 percent of all cases of the disease.  Most patients do not receive a diagnosis until after symptoms appear, which can be 30 years or more after asbestos exposure limiting the treatments available to them.

Asbestos was widely used in the military between the 1940s and 1970s putting veterans at a greater risk of asbestos exposure. Some soldiers worked in close quarters, such as ship engine rooms, where loose asbestos fibers circulated in the air. Inhalation of asbestos fibers into the lungs can lead to various lung diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Asbestos was used in equipment in boiler rooms and engine rooms of ships as well as in numerous products, including gaskets, pumps, valves, boilers and turbines.

VA Contact Information

For general information, the Veterans Administration has an extensive website at www.va.gov with information on veterans’ benefits in general.

The VA also has toll free numbers for the convenience of veterans and dependents.

  • Benefits Information 1-800-827-1000
  • Life Insurance 1-800-669-8477
  • Debt Management 1-800-827-0648
  • Education Benefits 1-888-442-4551
  • Board of Veterans Appeals 1-800-869-8654
  • Mammography Hotline 1-888-492-7844
  • Tele. Dev. for Deaf (TDD) 1-800-829-4833
  • CHAMPVA 1-800-733-8387
  • Headstones/Markers 1-800-697-6947
  • Agent Orange Assistance 1-800-521-0198
  • Suicide Helpline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Sexual Trauma Hotline 1-800-827-1000

State and Local Veterans Service Organizations
State and local veterans service organizations are often established to assist veterans with local issues as well as filing claims for benefits.

Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 1509
Montgomery, AL 36102-1509
(334) 242-5077
(334) 242-5102 fax
http://www.va.state.al.us

Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 5800
Camp Danali, Bldg. 49000, Rm C-211, P.O. Box 5800
Ft. Richardson, AK 99505-0800
(907) 428-6016
(907) 428-6019 fax
http://veterans.alaska.gov/

American Samoa Veterans Affairs
American Samoa Government
P.O. Box 8586
Pago Pago, AS 96799
001/684/633-4206
684-633-2269 fax

Arizona Department of Veterans Service
3839 North 3rd Street
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 255-3373
(602) 255-1038 fax
http://www.azvets.com

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
1501 W. Maryland Avenue
North Little Rock, AR 72120
(501) 992-0190
(501) 992-0162 fax
http://www.veterans.arkansas.gov/

California Department of Veterans Affairs
1227 O Street
Room 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-2158
(916) 653-2456 fax
thomas.Johnson@cdva.ca.gov
http://www.cdva.ca.gov

Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs
7465 E. 1st Avenue
Suite C
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 343-1268
(303) 343-7238 fax
http://www.colorado.gov/cdle

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs
287 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860)-721-5891
(860)-721-5904 fax
http://www.ct.gov/ctva

Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs
Robbins Building
802 Silver Lake Boulevard
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 739-2792
(302) 739-2794 fax
http://veteransaffairs.delaware.gov/

District of Columbia
One Judiciary, 441-4th Street, NW
Suite 570 South
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 724-5454
(202) 724-7117 fax
timothy.smith@dc.gov

District of Columbia Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Intergovernmental Relations
Office of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 724-5454
kerwin.miller@dc.gov

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way, Suite 152
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950
(850) 487-1533
(850) 488-4001 fax
http://www.floridavets.org

Georgia Department of Veterans Service
Suite E-970
Floyd Veterans Memorial Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 656-2300 (or 2312) for direct line)
(404) 657-9738 fax
http://www.sdvs.georgia.gov

Guam Veterans Affairs Office
172 South Marine Corps Drive
Asan, GU 96910
(671) 475-8388
(671) 475-8396 fax
http://www.guamgovernor.net/

Hawaii Office of Veterans Services
459 Patterson Road
E-Wing, Room 1-A103
Honolulu, HI 96819-1522
(808) 433-0420
(808) 433-0385 fax
Mark.Moses@va.gov

Idaho Division of Veterans Services
320 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 334-3513
(208) 334-2627 fax
http://www.idvs.state.id.us

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 19432
833 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62794-9432
(217) 785-4114
(217) 524-0344 fax
http://www.veterans.illinois.gov/

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
302 West Washington Street
Room E-120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-3910
(317) 232-7721 fax

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Johnston, IA 50131-1902
(515) 242-5331
(515) 242-5659 fax
Patrick.Palmersheim@idva.state.ia.u
https://va.iowa.gov/

Kansas Veterans Commission
Jayhawk Tower, Suite 701
700 S.W. Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66603-3150
(785) 296-3976
(785) 296-1462 fax
http://www.kcva.org

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
1111 Louisville Road (NGAKY Bldg.)
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-9203
(502) 564-9240 fax
http://www.veterans.ky.gov

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 94095
Capitol Station
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095
(225) 922-0500
(225) 922-0511 fax
www.vetaffairs.la.gov

Maine Division of Veterans Services
State House Station #117
Augusta, ME 04333-0117
(207) 626-4464
(207) 626-4471 fax
http://www.maine.gov/dvem/bvs/

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
The Jeffrey Building
16 Francis Street, 4th Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-3838
(410) 216-7928 fax
http://www.mdva.state.md.us

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services
600 Washington Street
Room 1100
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 210-5765
(617) 727-5903 fax
http://www.state.ma.us/veterans

Michigan Department of Military Affairs
3423 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906
(517) 335-6523
(517) 241-0674 fax

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Service Building
20 W. 12th Street, Second Floor
St. Paul, MN 55155-2079
(651) 296-2562
(651) 205-4208 fax
http://www.mdva.state.mn.us/

Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board
3466 Highway 80 East
Post Office Box 5947
Pearl, MS 39288-5947
(601) 576-4850
(601) 576-4868 fax
http://www.vab.state.ms.us/

Missouri Veterans Commission
P.O. Drawer 147
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0147
(573) 751-3779
(573) 751-6836 fax

Montana Veterans Affairs Division
3466 Highway 80 East
Post Office Box 5947
Pearl, MS 39288-5947
(601) 576-4850
(601) 576-4868 fax
http://www.vab.state.ms.us/

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 95083
Lincoln, NE 68509-5083
(402) 471-2458
(402) 471-2491 fax
http://www.nebraskaveteran.com

Nevada Office of Veterans` Services
5460 Reno Corporate Drive
Suite 131
Reno, NV 89511
(775) 688-1653
(775) 688-1656 fax
http://www.veterans.nv.gov/

New Hampshire State Veterans Council
275 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101-2411
(603) 624-9230
(603) 624-9236 fax
http://www.nh.gov/nhveterans/

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Eggerts Crossing Road CN340
P.O. Box 340
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340
(609) 530-7045
(609) 530-7075 fax
http://www.state.nj.us/military/

New Mexico Department of Veterans Services
P.O. Box 2324
Santa Fe , NM 87509-2324
(505) 827-6334
(505) 827-6372 fax
http://dvs.state.nm.us

New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
5 Empire State Plaza
Suite 2836
Albany, NY 12223-1551
(518) 474-6114
(518) 474-6924 fax
http://www.veterans.state.ny.us/

North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs
Albemarle Building, Suite 1065
325 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 733-3851
(919) 733-2834 fax
http://www.doa.state.nc.us/vets/va.htm

North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 9003
Fargo, ND 58106-9003
(701) 239-7165 or toll free 1-866-634-8387
(701) 239-7166 fax
http://www.nasdva.com/northkdakota.html

Northern Mariana Islands Division of Veterans Affairs – DC&IA
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island
Department of Commun, MP 96950-3416
(670) 2650/2651
(670) 664-2660 fax
ruthcoleman2003@yahoo.com

Ohio Department of Veterans Services
77 South High Street
30th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
(614) 644-0898
(614) 728-9498 fax
http://www.state.oh.us/gova/

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 53067
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
(405) 521-3684
(405) 521-6533 fax
http://www.odva.state.ok.us/

Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs
Oregon Veterans Building
700 Summer Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310-1201
(503) 373-2388
(503) 373-2362 fax
http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/

Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs
Bureau of Veterans Affairs
Fort Indiantown Gap, Bldg. S-O-47
Annville, PA 17003-5002
(717) 861-8902
(717) 861-8589 fax
scwagner@state.pa.us

Puerto Rico Public Advocate for Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 11737
San Juan, PR 00910-1737
(787) 758-5760
(787) 758-5788 fax
http://www.opv.gobierno.pr

Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs
Department of Human Services
Div. of Veterans Affairs, 57 Howard Ave. Rm. 142
Cranston, R.I 02920, RI 02920
(401) 462-0323
(401) 452-3677 fax

South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 369
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-0200
(803) 734-0197 fax
http://www.oepp.sc.gov/va/

South Dakota Division of Veterans Affairs
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
(605) 773-3518 or 3269
(605) 773-5380 fax
george.summerside@state.sd.us

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs
215 Eight Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37243-1010
(615) 741-2930
(615) 741-4785 fax
http://www.state.tn.us/veteran/

Texas Veterans Commission
P.O. Box 12277
Austin, TX 78711-2277
(512) 463-5538
(512) 475-2395 fax
ExecutiveOffice@tvc.state.tx.us
http://www.tvc.state.tx.us

Utah Department of Veterans Affairs
550 Foothill Drive, Room 202
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(801) 326-2372
(801) 326-2369 or (800) 894-9497 fax
http://www.veterans.utah.gov

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-4401
(802) 828-3379
(802) 828-5932 fax
http://www.va.state.vt.us/

Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs
1013 Estate Richmond
Christiansted
St. Croix, VI 00820
(340) 773-6663
(340) 692-9563 fax
morrisd5063@msn.com

Virginia Department of Veterans Services
900 East Main Street, Ground Floor, West Wing
(Pocohantas Building)
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-0286
(804) 786-0302 fax
http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/

Washington Department of Veterans Affairs
1102 Quince Street, SE
P.O. Box 41150 MS:1150
Olympia, WA 98504-1150
(360) 725-2152
(360) 586-4393 fax
http://www.dva.wa.gov/

West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs
1321 Plaza East – Suite 101
Charleston, WV 25301-1400
(304) 558-3661
(304) 558-3662 fax
wwdva@state.wv.us
http://www.wvs.state.wv.us/va/

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 7843
30 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 266-1315
(608) 264-7616 fax
http://dva.state.wi.us/

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5500 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009
(307) 772-5145
(307) 772-5202 fax
lbartt@state.wy.us

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