Sokolove Law experienced another successful sponsorship and exhibition at the 114 VFW National Convention last month in Louisville, Kentucky. The five-day convention (July 20-24) was attended by 10,000 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members.
This convention was particularly meaningful for the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, which celebrates its 100th anniversary as an organization this year.
Many of those in attendance stopped by the Sokolove Law booth to get information about the relationship between veterans and mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The team met veterans from all military branches who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam – and came to learn that the phrase “triple dipper” describes an individual who served in all three conflicts.
For the Sokolove team, some convention highlights included meeting veterans one-on-one and getting to thank them in-person for their service, listening to the guest speakers, and watching the ceremonies.
In addition, there was also a well-received Health Fair presentation by Sokolove Law Managing Attorney Ricky LeBlanc regarding the link between veterans and asbestos exposure. The audience learned about the health dangers caused by heavy exposure to asbestos-laden products and materials in the military. Attorney LeBlanc pointed out that since symptoms of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma may not emerge for 40 years, many veterans are still being diagnosed today with life-threatening illnesses that are the result of asbestos exposure decades ago.
Presentation attendees also learned that their VA rights are not impacted by an asbestos claim. In fact, any mesothelioma lawsuit they pursue will not be against the government or the military, but instead against the manufacturers of the asbestos products that were responsible for the exposure.
Sokolove Law thanks veterans for their service and remains committed to helping all those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.
To better educate yourself or your post, download our “Information on Mesothelioma for Veterans” flyer.