Asbestos in the Military

Once praised for its heat resistant and fire-proof qualities, asbestos was used extensively within all branches of the United States military. Today, military veterans account for one third mesothelioma deaths in the U.S. Anyone who served in the United States military anytime between 1920 and 2000 is at high risk for developing an asbestos-related disease.

Not only was asbestos exposure common for military personnel in the past, asbestos products are still being removed from Naval ship and military bases today, putting workers and soldiers at risk for fatal, future diagnoses. It can usually take decades before your doctor diagnoses you with an asbestos-related disease. If you are a military veteran, alert your doctor to the possibility of past asbestos exposure so they can monitor your health accurately. No matter which branch you served in, exposure to asbestos was a serious risk.

Asbestos Exposure in the Navy

Naval shipyard workers and sailors are some of those most at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases, as the construction, demolition, and repair of Navy ships all involved close contact with asbestos materials. Asbestos products were used in navel vessels from bow to stern, even within sleeping quarters.

Asbestos Exposure in the Army

Asbestos was used within Army barracks in cement, insulation, and other materials, putting Army veterans at high-risk for developing asbestosis, mesothelioma, or another asbestos-related disease.

Asbestos Exposure in the Air Force

Air Force veterans were exposed to asbestos in a number of ways. Asbestos was used in cargo bays, cooling systems, brakes, and aircraft engines. Pilots, as well as aircraft mechanics, are at risk for a mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diagnosis today.

Asbestos Exposure in Other Branches of the U.S. Military

Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans are also at high risk for developing fatal diseases like mesothelioma as the result of asbestos exposure during their time of service. Vehicles and vessels that transported soldiers were likely to contain asbestos, while buildings on bases were constructed with the substance. In all branches of the military, those that worked to repair or manufacture ships and vehicles were those with the highest risk for asbestos exposure.

If you are a military veteran or the family member of a veteran suffering from an asbestos-related disease, do not hesitate to contact our offices today. Our experienced attorneys have worked with veterans and their families all over the country to gain compensation in personal injury and wrongful death cases from the asbestos manufacturers and companies responsible for their illnesses. Call us at 1-800-598-0314, or use our simple contact form to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation.

In 2014, Brayton Purcell L.L.P. secured a $70,861,113 verdict for a retired Navy Machinist Mate and Nuclear Inspector. See more of our verdicts for veterans on our Court Successes page.