Pleural mesothelioma affects veterans at a disproportionate rate compared to the general public. Military asbestos exposure used to be a common and uncontrolled hazard for service members. Veterans with service-connected mesothelioma can file a VA claim for health care and disability compensation.Free Help For Veterans
Fact Checked. Last Updated on August 19, 2019.
Asbestos in the Military
From the 1930s to the 1970s, the U.S. military used thousands of asbestos-containing products to strengthen, insulate and fireproof military bases, ships, aircraft and land vehicles. Servicemen and servicewomen could encounter asbestos in base housing and almost everywhere they worked.
When asbestos-containing materials are installed or disturbed through daily use or maintenance, asbestos fibers become airborne. Persistently breathing in these fibers can cause them to build up in the lining of the lungs, which can eventually lead to pleural mesothelioma.
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