Posted on February 18th, 2020
For decades, Army personnel was kept in the dark about asbestos and the potential health risks it poses until the government issued guidelines to limit asbestos exposure in the 1970s. However, by the time the U.S Armed Forces began removing asbestos products, the damage had been already done.
Until the 1970s, asbestos was used in hundreds of products utilized in the military because of their ability to keep fire and heat under control. Therefore, it was found in everything from military vehicles to ships to the basic construction materials used all over military bases.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs says that veterans who served in certain occupations have a high risk of developing health problems from asbestos exposure. Specifically, the VA notes that the asbestos exposure risk was greatest for those veterans involved in the shipyard work, insulation work, pipefitting, tearing down or renovating older buildings, carpentry and construction, manufacturing and installation of products like flooring and roofing, servicing of various friction products such as brake lining and clutch facings. VA benefits are now available for veterans affected by asbestos exposure throughout their time of service.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides financial, medical, and other assistance to veterans with illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must have actively served full-time as a member of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, and received an honorable or general discharge. The VA will also need records of asbestos exposure to determine if your disease or disability is directly related to asbestos exposure during time served in the military.
Recommendation for winning a VA Disability Benefits claim:
If you think you may have a claim, contact Environmental Litigation Group today, free of charge and in confidence, to discuss how we can help you and your family identify all your options for pursuing compensation. We have spent more than 25 years demanding maximum compensation for veterans harmed by this dangerous material. Contact us today and we will be more than happy to help you understand your rights as a disabled veteran.