Over the next several weeks, we’ll explore some of the key topics of interest for veterans of the military regarding exposure to asbestos and the possible consequences to their health and finances that can result from the exposure.
Veterans at risk for potentially fatal levels of asbestos exposure typically are those who served between the years of the First World War and Vietnam. Those individuals were not made aware of the risks to their well being at their time of service, and some may not even be aware of them now. The purpose of these next several articles is to educate and inform those who may have been affected by toxic levels of asbestos about their medical, legal and financial options in the years following exposure.
More information about the risks and consequences of asbestos exposure for veterans of the U.S. Military, including a free consultation of your possible case against those responsible for exposing you to a known dangerous carcinogen, you can contact Shrader Law and Associates, LLP directly anytime of the day TOLL-FREE at 1-877-637-6347.
PART XI: FIVE THINGS VETS OF THE NAVY WITH MESOTHELIOMA SHOULD KNOW
You know by now that if you are a veteran of the U.S. Navy, mesothelioma presents a very real and significant health risks-to you and possibly even to your loved ones. As a recap to the first half of our ongoing series ‘For Veterans’, here are five important things for navy veterans affected by mesothelioma (or another asbestos-related illness should know.
- If you served in the U.S. Navy or another military branch during the decades between WWI and Vietnam, you are likely at a significantly higher risk than the generalpopulation for having experienced dangerous and possibly life-threatening asbestos exposure. Navy mesothelioma rates are the most disproportionately high than of any other occupational group-comprising nearly one-third of all those diagnosed annually.
- Family members living with servicemen and women during enlistment periods between the 1930s and 1970s were likely also put at risk. Through a process calledsecondhand exposure to asbestos-which is not terribly unlike the much more common and familiar secondhand smoke phenomenon-spouses and children of military vets who were put up in military housing during the high-risk period may have been exposed to shipyard asbestos fibers brought home on the clothing, skin or hair of loved ones unknowingly or even directly exposed via construction materials in their temporary, military-built homes.
- For the thousands of vets exposed to asbestos while on-duty, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs may provide medical screenings free-of-cost. Even if showing no obvious symptoms of mesothelioma, veterans who served during the high-risk period-and especially those who worked on navy ships with asbestos-are highly encouraged to receive routine physicals and specialized screening procedures to detect early signs of cancer-including CT scans and possibly certain blood tests. These screenings can be obtained through your primary health provider, but either you or your current physician are also encouraged to contact a VA Environmental Health Coordinator to coordinate an exposure assessment with a specialist who is highly trained in environmental medicine.