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U.S. Army Veterans Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma

Like many other organizations and industries, U.S. Army use of asbestos peaked in the late seventies. At that time, Army operations, bases and facilities expanded around the world at unprecedented rates. The low price and ready availability of asbestos materials helped fuel this expansion.

Because of the extremely high volumes of asbestos used, Army veterans asbestos exposure was at high risk for all personnel. This exposure could lead to health complications, including cancer.

U.S. Army Veterans Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma Risk


The U.S. Army made liberal use of asbestos from the years 1938 to 1990. Through that period, they utilized millions of pounds of asbestos materials in equipment, construction materials and vehicles. WWII Veterans likely faced the highest level of exposure since Army contractors wove flame-proofing materials into Army uniforms, flak jackets, fire blankets and even gas masks during this time.

Other common uses of asbestos included vehicle components. Flame retardant insulation, rubber gaskets, wiring insulation and heat shielding could all contain significant amounts of asbestos fibers. Military facilities built from the 1940s to the 1980s also likely contained high amounts of asbestos materials. Roofing tiles, floor tiles, batts insulation, wiring insulation and fireproofing materials all likely contained high amounts of asbestos.

Consequences of Asbestos Exposure for U.S. Army Veterans

Asbestos exposure has a high likelihood of creating serious related conditions within exposure victims. As asbestos fibers embed themselves in bodily tissue, these tissues increase their risk of developing mutations. Certain mutations can lead to serious, fatal cancers, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.

U.S. Army Asbestos-Related Diseases


  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Bronchial adenoma
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleural plaques
  • Cancer of the pharynx
  • Urogenital cancers (except prostate)

Secondary Risks Families Face with U.S. Army Veterans Asbestos Exposure


U.S. Army personnel can cause secondary exposure incidents among their families and close friends. As veterans and others return home, the uniforms and other materials they bring back with them have a chance to contain asbestos fibers. Exposure to these fibers brings with it a high chance of developing asbestos-related cancers like lung cancer or mesothelioma.

U.S. Army Occupations and Assignments with High Risk of Asbestos Exposure


  • U.S. Army Civil Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Interior Electrician
  • Carpentry and Masonry Specialist
  • Horizontal Construction Engineer
  • Power Line Distribution Specialist
  • Launch Rocket System Crews
  • Patriot Fire Control
  • Enhanced Operator/Maintainer
  • Aircraft Powerplant Repairman
  • Aircraft Electrician
  • Aircraft Structural Repairer
  • Diver
  • Firefighter
  • Wire Systems Installer
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
  • Fire Control Repairer
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Electronic Maintenance Chief
  • Infantry
  • Vehicle Infantryman
  • Combat Engineers

U.S. Army Base Locations Where Asbestos Exposure May Have Occurred


  • Fort Rucker
  • Los Alamitos Joint Force Base
  • Fort Carson
  • Fort Lesley J. McNair
  • Fort Benning
  • Fort Stewart
  • Hunter Army Airfield
  • Blue Grass Army Depot
  • Fort Campbell
  • Fort Custer
  • Fort Drum
  • Fort Bragg
  • Fort Jackson
  • Fort A.P. Hill
  • Fort McCoy
  • Fort Yuma
  • Fort Baker
  • Oakland Army Base
  • Sacramento Army Depot
  • Fort MacArthur

Additional Sources of Potential Asbestos Exposure for U.S. Army Personnel


  • Navy Vessels
  • Motor pool vehicle part storage
  • Air Force aircraft and vehicles
  • Armored vehicles
  • Armored Personnel Carriers

U.S. Army Building and Mechanical Materials Likely to Have Utilized Asbestos


  • Vehicle brakes
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Electrical wiring
  • Valves
  • Gaskets
  • Vehicle engine firewalls
  • Vehicle firewalls
  • Roofing tiles
  • Flooring tiles
  • Soundproofing insulation
  • Structural steel fireproofing
  • General insulation
  • Adhesives and epoxies

Asbestos Claims and Compensation for U.S. Army Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cancer Victims


U.S. Army veterans asbestos exposure victims may possibly claim compensation for their cancer-related conditions from liable parties. These liable parties can include, but are not limited to: equipment manufacturers, construction contractors, vehicle manufacturers, parts manufacturers and building material manufacturers.

Additionally, those that can document a disability and a period of exposure during service can potentially claim benefits under the VA system.

If you or a close family member are an U.S. Army veteran and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, contact Mesowatch now. You will receive immediate assistance and a free, confidential case evaluation. Your case will then be handled by a nationwide team of experienced asbestos attorneys. With their aid, you can quickly seek maximum compensation from all liable parties.