Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that has been used in various consumer products for decades. In fact, its use dates back more than 4,000 years ago. However, starting in the late 1800s, it became well understood in medicine, science, and industry that asbestos dust from any source was deadly. In addition, many asbestos manufacturers were aware of the serious health issues surrounding asbestos but kept the information secret.
Did you know that United States Air Force veterans are some of those most likely to be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime? This is because of the extensive use of asbestos within the military.
United States Military veterans are some of those most at risk for being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. In fact, one out of three mesothelioma victims is a military veteran. This is because asbestos was used in every branch of the military from 1920 to the late 1970s.
A federal appeals court has reinstated the case of Carl Brasmer, who passed away from mesothelioma during his fight for justice. Mr. Brasmer served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1973, working as an assistant crew chief and crew chief. He was responsible for maintaining and repairing F-4E Phantom jets.
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.