Did you know that our soldiers and veterans are at risk for illnesses like mesothelioma? There are more than a few positions out there that have put individuals at high risk for developing asbestos-related diseases, but the branches within the U.S. Military are some of the most surprising.
Navy Sailors: Sailors were at risk for asbestos exposure on the job every time they were on board a Navy vessel. Ships contained asbestos for insulation, fire proofing, and more – soldiers even slept around the substance. Today, retired Navy Machinists’ Mates and Nuclear Inspectors and more Navy veterans are being diagnosed with mesothelioma due to their exposure all those years ago.
Army Soldiers: Asbestos construction materials and other products are still found in bases around the country. Every time a soldier stepped foot on base, or drove an Army vehicle, their risk for asbestos exposure increased, as well as the likelihood of developing an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime.
Air Force Pilots: Most military vehicles, including aircraft, contained asbestos products, including gaskets, cooling systems, and brakes. Just like in automobiles, when these products wore down with use, soldiers’ risk for exposure increased.
The military used asbestos extensively in their vehicles, ships, and aircraft, but it is the asbestos companies and manufacturers of those products that are responsible for our soldiers’ illnesses today. Negligence, failures to warn, and defective designs all put military personnel at risk, every day.
If you are a military veteran diagnosed with a fatal asbestos-related disease due to exposure on the job, you might be entitled to compensation from those responsible for your illness. Many military veterans consider speaking with mesothelioma or asbestos lawyers after diagnosis.