With Memorial Day approaching next week, we thought this would be the perfect time to spread some awareness about the unseen dangers soldiers have faced in our military. While they battled our country’s enemies on sea, land, and in the air, many military personnel were unknowingly exposed to asbestos during their time of duty.
Since asbestos fibers are smaller in diameter than a strand of hair, it is almost impossible to see them with the human eye, unless in large concentrations. Asbestos materials have been used in Army vehicles and Air Force planes, on Navy ships, and more, making a veteran’s odds for coming into contact with these microscopic fibers higher than those in other occupations.
It is no wonder that veterans today have suffered from asbestos-related diseases more than the average blue-collar worker. In fact, nearly one out of three mesothelioma victims is a military veteran. Mesothelioma is a fatal form of cancer, whose symptoms can take decades to appear. The only known cause is exposure to asbestos.
Along with remembering those soldiers that have died in battle, it is important to remember those that have were exposed to asbestos. More often than not, their exposure can lead to debilitating and fatal respiratory illnesses, like mesothelioma.
Many military veterans file VA claims or lawsuits against the asbestos manufacturers responsible for their illness and win. If you are a military veteran who has recently been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you might be entitled to compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced asbestos attorney today.