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Military Asbestos Exposure

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Past and present military service poses a high likelihood of asbestos exposure and risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other asbestos disease. While you do not need to prove that your asbestos-related illness was the result of military service in order to be eligible for VA healthcare, you do need to prove that it is service-connected to receive disability compensation for your injuries.

Asbestos Use by the Military

From the 1930’s through the 1970’s asbestos was used heavily by the military. Those who were in the Navy are at the greatest risk for developing mesothelioma, but servicemen in all branches of the military were exposed. Their loved ones and family members were also exposed when they brought asbestos home in their clothing, hair, and belongings. Asbestos was used by the military in:

  • Warships
  • Submarines
  • Military bases
  • Military vehicles

Although heavy use of asbestos by the military tapered off in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, military personnel may still be exposed today in buildings and equipment which still contain asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure in Other Countries Today

Today our soldiers are still at risk for exposure to high concentrations of asbestos when they serve in other countries. Soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are currently being diagnosed with lung cancer and other respiratory disease, which may be due to asbestos exposure. Iraq does not regulate asbestos use and is known to import large amounts of asbestos.

Soldiers may be exposed when buildings are blown up, spreading debris including asbestos fibers. Lawsuits filed by Veterans against Kellogg, Brown and Root, for toxic exposure including asbestos exposure allege that the private contractor used burn pits in Iraq to dispose of waste, including medical waste and building ruble, exposing the soldiers.

Getting Help

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related illness and you served in the military there is a very good chance that you are eligible for coast-free VA health care, whether your asbestos exposure occurred as a result of military service or not.

If your asbestos-related illness was caused by asbestos exposure while serving in the military, you may also be eligible for VA disability compensation. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to prove that your illness is service-connected.