The Media has painted a vivid picture about the horrors of War and the emotional, mental, and physical toll it takes on our troops. Our troops have suffered fatal injuries, they have lost limbs and their lives, ever those who make it out without a scratch may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Unfortunately the War for our soldiers doesn't always end when they are finished "serving their time."
The possibility of being killed, seriously injured, or mentally scarred is no secret to those who are looking to join one of America's Military branches. However, there was a hidden killer that unknowingly lurked in the shadows of soldiers, especially those in the Navy from the 1930s through the 1970s. That killer was Mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by Asbestos.
Anyone who had served in the Navy during the 1930s through the 1970s may have most likely been exposed to asbestos. To get a greater idea about how rampart asbestos was used in the Military, those who worked and lived on ships may have been exposed to asbestos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Asbestos had been used in the boiler, engine, navigation, and fire rooms of ships, along with products containing asbestos such as boilers, insulations, valves, generators, and turbines. Generally the argument for the high use of asbestos on Navy ships was due to the heat resistance and fireproofing ability of asbestos. Asbestos was also used on U.S. Air Force military aircrafts.
The side-effects of such rampart asbestos usage has lead to former military members accounting for up to 30 percent of malignant mesothelioma cases in the United States. One very important thing to remember, those who may have been exposed in the late 1960s and early 1970s to asbestos, may still fall inside the typical 30-40 year latency period of mesothelioma and have no symptoms of the disease, but still might develop the incurable cancer.
Fortunately for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma can seek out benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, which can help assist veterans who can provide proof that they developed mesothelioma as a direct result of asbestos exposure while in the military. In the event that someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma it is important to contact a lawyer who can help assist you with any legal issues that may arise when providing proof that military asbestos exposure was the direct result of their mesothelioma.
MesotheliomaCounsel can help provide victims of mesothelioma with more information and help.