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https://www.treatmesothelioma.org/veterans/ – Veteran Guidance for Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other respiratory problems have been linked to being exposed to asbestos. Asbestos had been used for almost 100 hundred years in industries such as manufacturing, construction, and shipbuilding. Over time, the fibers in asbestos that are airborne, will accumulate in the lungs and cause scarring. Breathing becomes more difficult and often leads to cancer. It can be 10 to 50 years after exposure that the first symptoms appear. Almost every branch of the Armed Forces used asbestos until the 1970’s.
It was used in vehicles, ships and aircraft because it was highly regarded for its resistance to heat as well as its fire-proofing capabilities. It also exposed thousands of veterans to exposure which has resulted in asbestos related illnesses. The group highest at risk are veterans who served during the years from 1940 to 1980.
Military Veterans make up almost a third of all legal cases in addition to those who qualify for special benefits from the Veterans Administration.