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.
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.
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.