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Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

Among the lesser known ailments facing veterans today is the threat of health complications as a result of asbestos exposure. The threat posed by asbestos exposure is a real one for veterans and they should be aware of the possibility, as well as some possible exposure points.

The great majority of asbestos exposures affect naval veterans. Naval ships and shipyards were notorious for their use of asbestos and today many veterans are paying the price. Asbestos was used to insulate and prevent temperature transfer in many parts of vessel construction, but especially around boilers and piping. Those who frequently worked among these fixtures could be at risk of a harmful exposure.

Veterans who worked among our military’s industrial complex may also be at risk. Many military structures and installations were built to withstand fire and heat, a property for which asbestos products were especially adept. Those who worked around these fixtures prior to 1980, or worked extensively with older or damaged fixtures more recently, could also be at risk of a possibly harmful exposure. No level of exposure is considered safe and veterans who worked in these sectors should consult with their physician about their asbestos history.

Asbestos was banned in the late 1970’s by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because the clear connection between asbestos exposure and respiratory health complications became impossible to ignore any longer. Asbestos exposure has been linked to deadly cancers, including lung cancer, and mesothelioma. For more information about asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, or mesothelioma treatment, please visit our website at  Veterans of the U.S. Military served their country admirably. Now is not the time to turn our back on the possible hazards they may have encountered during their service. 


Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma also have the option of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. For more information visit: