Veterans did an important job for the country, and they may have been exposed to asbestos as a result. Asbestos exposure has the potential to lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma and other serious illnesses.
In the past, asbestos was used in many buildings and products. Even today, it’s still in use — albeit under many more restrictions than before.
Is asbestos exposure still possible during military service?
Exposure is still possible, particularly for veterans who served in Iraq, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. If those older buildings were damaged, then the toxins may have been in the air, exposing veterans to asbestos fibers that could cause issues now or in the future.
Some veterans may have been exposed in other situations, such as while working in construction, shipyards or vehicle repair.
Can veterans receive benefits for asbestos-related illnesses following their service?
The VA states that veterans may be able to receive disability benefits if they have an illness related to their time in the service and exposure to asbestos. The VA states that veterans:
- Must have been in contact with the asbestos while serving
- Must not have had a dishonorable discharge
If you meet those qualifications, then you may be able to seek compensation and health care benefits for your asbestos-related illness.
How do you make a claim for asbestos exposure?
You can get benefits by providing evidence of exposure, such as your service records, medical records and a doctor’s statement that there is a connection between the illness and your time in the service. If you have trouble with this, your attorney may be able to assist you in filing a claim or seeking compensation in other ways.