Veterans Asbestos Exposure in the U.S. Military

U.S military veteran asbestos exposure can lead to conditions like lung cancer and mesothelioma. According to VA data, roughly a third of all mesothelioma cases originate from veterans of the armed forces.

The American military forces used asbestos in unprecedented quantities from the late ‘30s until the late ‘70s. Armed forces personnel asbestos exposure risks were in multiple facilities, vessels and equipment still in service continue to use asbestos components, prolonging the problem for veterans asbestos exposure of the U.S. military.

For instance, legacy Navy ships built before the 1980s leave veterans at high risk of asbestos exposure, especially when being decommissioned.

U.S. Military Branches Affected by Asbestos Exposure

Most veterans asbestos exposure cases likely occurred in the mid-‘40s to the late ‘70s, during the height of asbestos use. Since symptoms for asbestos-related conditions like mesothelioma can take 30 to 40 years or more to develop, many U.S. veterans are just now having their cancers diagnosed. Others currently serving in the military face asbestos exposure from legacy equipment, improper abatement, demolitions assignments and operations in contaminated environments.

By many measures, all U.S. military branches have been affected by asbestos exposure and subsequent cancers. Some branches and assignments have a higher exposure risk, but risks exist for all personnel and much of the civilian employees working in armed forces.

U.S. Military Veterans Affected by Asbestos Exposure

Follow the links below for specific information on veterans asbestos exposure risks and compensation recourse for each military branch.

You can read more about each Military branch with the highest risk of asbestos exposure.

Military Products and Materials that put our Veterans at High Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Navy vessels

  • Fireproofing materials
  • Batts insulation
  • Piping insulation
  • Fire blankets
  • Gaskets
  • Sealants

Military vehicles

  • Fire retardant insulation
  • Gaskets
  • Brake pads
  • Brake linings
  • Clutch assemblies

Air Force Aircrafts

  • Fire-stopping materials
  • Brake assemblies, pads, discs, and linings
  • Hose and wiring insulation
  • Cooling system heat shielding

U.S. Veterans Asbestos Exposure Cancer Compensation

The U.S. Veteran’s Affairs (VA) system offers compensation for patients with asbestos-related cancers under highly specific conditions. Namely, they must be able to prove that the triggering exposure could have only occurred during service. They must also document a disability related to exposure, such as a debilitating mesothelioma condition.

Providing the needed proof for these claims can create challenges for veterans. They must often rely on the services of an experienced asbestos cancer lawyer in order to assemble their case. Even then, they may not receive the extent of their needed compensation from VA sources alone.

Instead, veterans can often seek legal remedies from other agencies responsible for their exposure. Asbestos product manufacturers, shipbuilding contractors, and others may be deemed liable by the courts for their decisions that resulted in exposure to veterans.

As many of these companies have restructured or dissolved since the time of exposure, exposed veterans can look to bankruptcy trust funds established for the purposes of compensating veterans asbestos exposure victims.

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If you or a family member once served in the armed forces and have received an asbestos cancer diagnosis, contact Mesowatch immediately. You will receive immediate assistance as well as a free, confidential case evaluation. A nationwide team of experienced asbestos attorneys will then contact you in order to help you quickly obtain the maximum possible compensation for your condition from all liable parties.