The tragic link between military service and mesothelioma

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | Mesothelioma |

military veteran with boots and backpack

Military service represents significant sacrifice and risks. The end of a long career allows many service members to move in new professional directions or enjoy well-deserved retirements.

However, countless veterans of the US Navy are dealing with the after-effects of working on ships without any awareness of the unseen dangers and the equally uncertain futures it would create.

Veterans forced to fight a different battle

According to the Mesothelioma Veterans Center, veterans from all branches of the service account for one-third of mesothelioma patients. Those who served in the Navy with responsibilities for building ships represent the highest number diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Going back to the 1930s, chrysotile and amphibole asbestos were prominently used in the construction of the vessels.  Day after day, service members, regardless of their responsibilities on the vessel, were continually put at risk without knowing.

For their service and sacrifice, sailors now find themselves at the most risk of asbestos exposure out of all occupations. While replacing and refurbishing shifts represents a significant expense, the costs for brave veterans are much higher.