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Veterans and Mesothelioma


Asbestos Use in the Military

Since the early 1900s, construction and manufacturing industries have used the naturally-fire resistant mineral in a variety of applications, ranging from insualtion to spray-on adhesive. To protect its armed forces from fire-related damage, the military purchased large amounts of asbestos-containing materials from these industries, using them in ships, vehicles, and bases. In doing so, it exposed servicemen and women to asbestos, unknowingly increasing veterans’ risk of developing mesothelioma in the future.

If you’re a veteran who served between the 1930s and the 1970s, knowing how and where the military used asbestos will help you determine if you’re at risk. If you’ve already been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or another asbestos-related disease, you’re entitled to benefits and disability compensation from the VA — benefits and compensation that can pay for treatment and help improve your life expectancy.


Also attached is a Mesotheliomaguide

This gude is also a good resource to refer to if you have any question in regards to Mesothelioma and its effects.


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