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Veterans' Rights and Mesothelioma

ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

Hello Dear Fellow Americans

I have an internet resource containing information that Veterans are likely to find interesting and perhaps useful. The site, http://www.asbestosnews.com/, provides information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. We have a section directly relating to U.S. veterans, you can find it at http://www.asbestosnews.com/html/mesothelioma-cancer-veterans.html.

A high percentage of mesothelioma cases involve veterans because many of the products and equipment used by the armed forces contained asbestos, making service men and women a higher risk group for developing mesothelioma cancer. Please help us spread this information by linking to our veterans page by copying and pasting the following code into your links page:

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VETERANS' RIGHTS AND MESOTHELIOMA

The veterans of the United States military branches, including the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and others have served their country in times of war and peace, giving their time, effort, and sometimes their lives as part of their service. They have the same right to the best in medical care that is afforded to all in our country. Mesothelioma, a disease with no known cure, has felled many U.S. veterans, and the rights of these veterans to receive compensation for this work-related disease should be upheld.

To learn more about veterans? rights and mesothelioma from an experienced asbestos attorney, please contact us today.

Medical Care for Veterans Is Lacking

Unfortunately, many veterans are not receiving the medical care or disability benefits to which they are entitled. For example, some 600,000 claims for federal benefits are pending with the Veterans Administration, languishing in a bureaucratic morass for years at a time. These include more than 123,000 disability claims of vets of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans with asbestos-induced mesothelioma are facing the same obstacles.

Millions of Veterans Exposed to Asbestos

It is now apparent that hundreds of thousands ? perhaps millions ? of veterans were exposed to the toxic material asbestos as part of their military service. Asbestos was present in many products used by military members and civilian contractors when they built military facilities and ships or maintained military vehicles. Common asbestos-containing products included:

Cement
Flooring products
Insulation
Steam pipes
Hot water pipes
Gaskets
Brakes and clutches
Boilers, turbines, and generators

Other members of the military were subjected to asbestos simply by being aboard ships, many of which had asbestos as a heavily used component. The pervasiveness of asbestos in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s made it difficult to avoid, particularly in the military. It has been estimated that up to 30% of veterans who served before 1970 were exposed to asbestos in some form. In addition, many members of the military who were in regular contact with asbestos inadvertently took the asbestos home with them on their clothing, thereby exposing their spouses and children.

In the Decades Before 1970

Before its dangers were identified, many thought of asbestos as a "miracle material" in light of its strength, durability, and fire-resistant qualities. It wasn't until the 1960s that overwhelming evidence of the risk of cancer and other diseases caused by asbestos exposure finally started to shut the asbestos industry down, but by then, millions of people had been exposed to this toxic material in their workplaces and homes.

Veterans? Rights and Mesothelioma Compensation

Mesothelioma often takes decades to manifest itself. It is now increasingly identified in soldiers, sailors, airmen and others who were exposed to asbestos years ago. These veterans have rights, including the right to receive proper medical care and compensation for their losses. Mesothelioma is a devastating disease that results in damages such as:

Loss of work
Loss of income
Huge medical bills
Loss of a spouse/parent/loved one
Funeral and burial costs
Pain and suffering

A Mesothelioma Attorney to Protect Your Veterans' Rights

If mesothelioma has befallen you or your loved one, you have legal rights that can be protected with the assistance of an attorney. Contact an experienced and qualified mesothelioma attorney today to arrange a consultation and discuss your options.