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Veterans: Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy

The men and women who served their country in the military between World War II and the late 1970s were exposed to more than just the threat of an enemy attack — many of them were also exposed to cancer-causing asbestosis.

To find out more about the hazards of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis in your particular branch of the service, click on the links below:

Many veterans are now developing a deadly asbestos-related cancer called mesothelioma decades after their military service. That’s because mesothelioma has a long latency period during which no symptoms are evident.

Asbestos exposure can also lead to other serious health hazards such as lung cancer and asbestosis, a dangerous condition that can result in lung failure.

Although many civilian workers were also exposed to asbestos, U.S. Armed Forces veterans have a particularly high rate of asbestos-related diseases due to the widespread use of asbestos in military facilities. Members of all branches of the service — Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — had the potential for exposure to asbestos. Sailors who served in the U.S. Navy are at particular risk due to the significant use of asbestos products in naval shipbuilding.

Veterans and current service members can claim benefits for their asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, through the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides some compensation for medical treatments and disabilities.

In addition to VA benefits, victims of military asbestos exposure might also be able to recover damages in a lawsuit against the companies that produced the asbestos products used in military applications, as well as military contractors and other third-parties.


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