Asbestos was once considered to be a “miracle mineral” by the United States military. This is because it was an affordable building material for ships, vehicles, barracks, and more. It also had great insulating and fireproofing qualities. It was used extensively within all military branches, including the Army, up until the late 1970s.
U.S. Army veterans are especially at risk for developing an asbestos related disease in their lifetime, due to the use of the substance in Army vehicles, buildings, and barracks. Army personnel worked and slept around the substance every day.
The mechanics that worked on military vehicles are also at risk for having come into contact with the substance during their time of service. Brake linings, valves, and gaskets were known to be manufactured with asbestos that would break down over time.
Today, around one in three mesothelioma victims in the United States is a military veteran. Many of these veterans and their families seek justice through a VA claim or a lawsuit. If you or a loved one is an Army veteran in need of assistance, consider reaching out to an experienced asbestos attorney sooner than later.