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Asbestos Exposure in the United States Military

Did you know that three out of ten mesothelioma victims in the United States are military veterans? Memorial Day is quickly approaching on May 26, and we thought it would be the perfect time to spread awareness of the exposure that occurred to our veterans.

Let’s take a look at a few branches within the U.S. military in which asbestos has affected our loved ones:

Asbestos in the Navy

ship-52320_640.jpgThe Navy is one of the military branches most at risk for mesothelioma today due to past asbestos exposure. Nearly all Navy ships, no matter what size or function, contained asbestos from bow to stern. Soldiers and shipbuilders were all at risk for breathing in the substance on ships and off-board, in shipyards.

Asbestos in the Army


All military vehicles built through 1960 contained asbestos wiring and hosing. Army mechanics would often expose their own families to asbestos after a long day of handling the substance during maintenance and repairs.

Asbestos in the Air Force


Although you might not hear about it much, asbestos exposure is quite prevalent in the U.S. Air Force. Asbestos was used all over the aircraft, as well as bases where soldiers lived. The Air Force did not start replacing asbestos-containing aircraft parts with healthy substitutes until the 1980s.


You can find out where else asbestos could have been found in the past within this infographic in Wednesday’s post. If you have served in the military in the past, be sure to alert your doctor to the possibility of an asbestos-related disease due to exposure in the service. Many veterans have been eligible for compensation from those responsible for their conditions.

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