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Armed Forces Veterans and Mesothelioma

Throughout the 20th century, the U.S. Armed Forces took advantage of the fire-proofing capabilities of asbestos by using it in many materials. Because of this, many current Armed Forces veterans were exposed to high levels of harmful asbestos fibers and are now dealing with lung conditions such as mesothelioma.

Before the extreme dangers of asbestos were well known and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos could be found all over materials, equipment and buildings used by the Armed Forces including:

  • Aircraft brakes, gaskets, engine shields and cargo bays
  • Trucks
  • Tanks
  • Military barracks
  • Mess halls
  • Administrative buildings
  • And more

 

Asbestos Exposure Among Armed Forces Veterans

Since asbestos substances were often used in common construction materials like cement, vinyl, floor tiles, insulation, roof shingles, drywall and more, current Armed Forces veterans were once exposed to levels of asbestos almost on a constant basis.

Due to the long latency period of the disease, these veterans are just now beginning to experience mesothelioma symptoms or symptoms of other lung diseases resulting from the asbestos exposure while they served in the military. Although the use of asbestos in such common products is now regulated, the effects can’t be reversed for veterans already exposed.

Resources for Armed Forces Mesothelioma Treatment

If you are an Armed Forces veteran and have been exposed to harmful levels of asbestos even as far back as 40 to 50 years ago, your risk of mesothelioma is increased.

Learn more about mesothelioma symptoms and treatment options today or, if you’d like to get involved, find out how you can join the effort to find a cure for mesothelioma.