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Military Veterans at Risk for Mesothelioma

by | Nov 13, 2015 | Mesothelioma, Veterans

Did you know that it is estimated that thirty percent of mesothelioma victims are military veterans? Due to asbestos use throughout all branches of the United States military, many servicemen and women are at risk for a deadly diagnosis in their lifetime.


Army Veterans

Army veterans were at risk for exposure to asbestos every time they stepped foot on an Army base. The buildings and structures were constructed with asbestos-containing materials, making the areas that soldiers slept, ate, and lived within a danger to their respiratory health. Army vehicles and tanks also contained asbestos insulation and friction products, such as brake pads and linings. Veterans who held occupations as mechanics within the Army are some of those most at risk for past asbestos exposure which could lead to mesothelioma.

Navy Veterans

Navy veterans are especially at risk for mesothelioma, given that nearly every ship constructed between 1930 and 1970 contained asbestos from bow to stern. Pipe coverings, thermal material, grinders, paneling, gaskets, cables, and more were all known to contain asbestos fibers. Veterans who served onboard ships and within shipyards are at risk for a mesothelioma diagnosis in their lifetime.

Air Force Veterans

Asbestos was used in cargo bays, aircraft engines, cooling systems, and other areas of Air Force planes. The pilots of these planes, as well as the mechanics who worked on them, were likely to have been exposed to asbestos fibers.


Other veterans, such as Marines and those in the Coast Guard, are also at risk for developing mesothelioma in their lifetime. If you or someone you love is a military veteran and has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, do not hesitate to reach out to a medical professional about the treatment options available to you. Oftentimes, veterans reach out to asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers to find out if they are eligible for compensation for medical bills that can come with cutting-edge treatments.

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