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Online Membership Renewals. Please see the link here for the new online renewals and joining process.  Please note that youth membership is NOT available online as a parent/guardian is required to sign the form. Membership applications can also be processed by phoning 0800 802 8080

 

Mesothelioma Update

As you know, on 16 December 2015 the MOD changed the rules to allow veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after that date the choice between receiving a one-off, tax-free lump sum payment or a traditional War Disablement Pension, which is paid in regular installments. This change is set to benefit thousands of veterans, particularly ex-naval personnel, for decades to come.

 It is with much pleasure that I write today to inform you that, following sustained pressure from the Legion,  the Government has now also agreed to extend eligibility for the lump sum payment to those diagnosed before that date. Around 60 veterans were previously denied access to the new £140,000 lump sum compensation payment on account of the date of their diagnosis.  

 The Legion had originally asked the MOD to consider offering lump sums compensation to veterans diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer to correct the financial disadvantage faced by some veterans when compared to their civilian counterparts.

Anyone looking to find out more about the new compensation award should contact Veterans UK.

This has been a hard-fought campaign, which the Legion began back in 2013. To see the campaign finally reach this stage will provide a huge sense of relief for dozens of proud servicemen and their families, and we should all be proud to have fought this important battle on their behalf.

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