Due to asbestos use throughout all branches of the United States Military between the 1930s and mid-1970s, many veterans have been exposed to the substance during their time of service. Asbestos fibers were worked into over 300 military products that were constantly being handled by military personnel of all ranks. In fact, every ship built by the Navy before the 1970s contained large amounts of asbestos, putting anyone who set foot on a vessel built during these times at risk for a future asbestos-related disease.
Veterans account for 30 percent of all mesothelioma deaths in the United States, making it important for those that have served our country to receive accurate monitoring of their health throughout their lifetime. Given that the latency period of mesothelioma can be 10 to 70 years, it is always a good time to talk to your doctor, and the sooner, the better. Catching these illnesses early on is the key to living a longer, healthier life after diagnosis. Not only are mesothelioma diagnoses made in veterans of many ages, other asbestos-related diseases are diagnosed years or decades after exposure, as well.
After diagnosis, many veterans and their families do not know where to begin to seek treatment for the asbestos-related conditions, let alone compensation for their medical bills and more. This section of AsbestosNetwork.com aims to give veterans and their families a jumpstart on finding the medical help they need, as well as information regarding filing a claim or lawsuit to see that justice is served.