Many military service people were injured or killed during conflict. However, many veterans suffered delayed health diseases after being exposed to hazardous substances during their service. Now they’re rightfully eligible to receive benefits and compensation through the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to VA benefits, victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases may be eligible to receive compensation from manufacturers who knowing sold deadly asbestos-containing products.
Compensating Veterans for Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was once viewed as the miracle material. Asbestos fibers were non–combustible, non-corrosive, excellent insulation, lightweight, strong and chemically stable. Asbestos was also readily available, easy to work with and cheap to buy. That made asbestos the perfect material for military use where high heat, friction and strength were issues. Thousands of military ships, vehicles, airplanes and buildings were full of asbestos products despite how dangerous asbestos exposure was to military personnel.
Asbestos exposure is a leading cause of latent health problems. Every United States military branch used asbestos products extensively from the 1930s through to the mid-1980s when information on asbestos health hazards was too big to ignore. Many veterans developed diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma after experiencing airborne asbestos exposure.
Whether active-duty or retired, veterans with asbestos-related diagnoses are eligible for VA compensation to cover medical expenses and provide them income support.
Mesothelioma Justice Network Brief
With over 25 Million veterans are currently living in America, this demographic makes up approximately 8% of the population. But there’s something extremely disproportionate about the numbers of veterans suffering asbestos-related diseases compared to civilians. Veterans account for over 30% of mesothelioma cases, which is why accessibility to financial support is so critical for this group of Americans.