Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Radiomen were primarily in charge of transmitting and receiving radio signals, as well as processing all types of telecommunications through multiple transmission media aboard aircraft facilities. The rating of radioman was established in 1921 and falls under data processing technician today. Asbestos exposure was moderate in aviation radiomen, as the equipment they worked with contained various components manufactured with the mineral.

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In charge of transmitting and receiving radio signals, radiomen also had to process all types of telecommunications through multiple transmission media by using various frequencies. The circuits they would maintain were voice and data circuits between the aircraft of a battle group and allied units. Other responsibilities radiomen had in all the military branches were message systems for generalized broadcasts and unit specific messages, which were handled depending on message priority and handling procedures.

Because the duties of radiomen also included periodic maintenance of communications equipment such as transmitters, receivers, and antennas, they were exposed to asbestos to a moderate extent. While their exposure was not as severe as in other military branches, they are still at a considerable risk of developing a disease as a consequence of asbestos inhalation or ingestion today.

While present in the U.S. Navy, the rating of interior communications technician was quite similar to that of radiomen. Interior communications technicians were responsible for directing and coordinating the installation, maintenance, and repair of interior communications systems such as indicating and navigation systems, visual landing aids for aircraft, communication systems, and safety and warning systems. Although their exposure to asbestos was moderate, they are still at considerable risk of receiving a terrible diagnosis today as a result of the inhalation and ingestion of toxic fibers.

Relevant job titles

  • broadcast operator
  • message center operator
  • facilities control supervisor
  • inbound/outbound traffic checker
  • repro/distro operator
  • CRYPTO operator
  • inrouter
  • outrouter
  • interior communications technician
  • information systems technician
  • radio operator
  • airborne radio mechanic
  • radio communication
  • radio rigger
  • repairman
  • electrical technician
  • communications installer
  • radio inspector


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

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