Sixty Years Later, Some Korean War Veterans Fighting Mesothelioma

The U.S. Department of Defense will honor the service and sacrifice of Korean War veterans on July 27th with “Heroes Remembered,” a special ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

Thousands of veterans who served in the Korean War (June 1950 through July 1953) are expected to attend this event. As of September 2012, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported that there were 2.3 million Korean War veterans still living.

Unfortunately, these veterans, just like veterans of other wars, face an increased risk for mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. In fact, one-third of mesothelioma cases involve U.S. Navy or shipyard exposures.

Mesothelioma has a long latency period. It can take up to 50 years for symptoms to occur. This means that some Korean War veterans today are just being diagnosed with this disease.

What is particularly tragic about mesothelioma is that it could have been prevented. Companies continued to manufacture asbestos-containing products even after the health risks became apparent. They made profits their priority, and put our troops at risk as a result.

If you or a loved one served in the Korean War, suffered asbestos exposure during your service, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation from the companies that produced asbestos-containing products.

Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about your legal options. An asbestos paralegal will help to determine if you should file an asbestos lawsuit against the manufacturers—not the government or military—in order to get the justice you deserve.