In the past, asbestos was common in many products and buildings. For military veterans in Southeast Asia and Iraq, old buildings may emit toxins into the air when damaged. Likewise, jobs on ships and construction can lead to exposure for Missouri veterans. If you suffered exposure to asbestos and contracted an illness from the exposure, can you obtain disability benefits?
Veterans who worked in a number of different jobs with a number of different products may suffer ill effects from lung-related illnesses such as mesothelioma. Any veteran who worked in shipyards, construction, carpentry, mining, milling or demolition may have encountered asbestos. Likewise, working with specific products increases your risk of exposure.
For instance, those who worked with the following may be in danger of asbestos exposure, according to the VA:
- Clutch facings
- Cement sheet
For those who have concerns about mesothelioma or other lung illnesses should undergo tests via the doctor.
If you want benefits from the VA, then you need to prove that you made contact with asbestos while in the military and that you did not receive a dishonorable discharge. Once you prove these two points, then you can receive healthcare and compensation benefits.
In order to claim your benefits, you must gather evidence that supports your claims. For instance, you will need your service record and your job specialty, you will need medical records that clarify your illness and disability and you will need a doctor’s statement that can connect your service and your asbestos exposure to said illness or disability.
The above is informational only and not to be interpreted as legal advice.