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Military Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently more than 25 million people who have served in one of the branches of the United States military.  We at the Flint Law Firm are proud of this rich tradition, and count some of our family among those who have served their country. As a firm, we are happy to help our veterans in any way we can. Unfortunately, one legacy of military service is that our military bases, shipyards, planes, and ships have the potential for causing Asbestos exposure.

Military Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

For example, service members especially from the Navy and Coast Guard, and maintenance mechanics in the Air Force and Army motor pool have a much higher risk of developing Mesothelioma or Asbestos Lung Cancer than the general population.

While veterans represent just 8% of our nation's population, veterans comprise 30% of all known Mesothelioma diagnoses in the country. Due to the length of time it takes to develop Asbestos disease (known as the latency period) symptoms can appear anywhere from 12-60 years after the first exposure.  

Millions of Veterans Were Exposed to Asbestos

Million of Veterans Were Exposed to Asbestos

Starting in the 1940s, and as recently as the late 1980s, exposure to Asbestos was a common occurrence for millions of our service members. Anyone who served in the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard & Air Force may be eligible to file a claim. If you qualify, we will NOT be pursuing any legal action against our military, our country, nor any branch of the armed forces. We will only be pursuing claims against the Asbestos manufacturers for the harm that they knowingly caused in providing Asbestos containing products to the United States armed forces.

Historically most ships, aircraft, vehicles and other types of military transportation used several types of asbestos-containing products.

  • Navy and Coast Guard vessels, in particular, used Asbestos insulation, gaskets, and packing.
  • Aircraft used Asbestos for braking systems, insulating cabins, and shielding electrical systems.
  • Transportation vehicles from trucks to tanks used Asbestos in brakes, clutches, and engine gaskets.

Another continuing source of exposure comes from the fact that almost all of the military bases all over the world were constructed prior to 1980 using many building materials that contained Asbestos.

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Navy, Marine Corps & Coast Guard Asbestos Exposure

While Asbestos was used in every branch of the service, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard veterans appear to have had the greatest exposure to Asbestos because it was used in nearly every part of marine vessels from the 1940s-1980s.

Asbestos was employed to fireproof the ships and was also used on the boilers, pipes, flooring, valves, turbines and engine parts. At the time these ships were commissioned, the Navy and Coast Guard were unaware of the dangers stemming from Asbestos exposure and the ramifications it would have on the health of its Sailors, Marines, and their families.

Both the Navy and Coast Guard have taken steps to remove Asbestos from older vessels and have been using safer insulating materials, such as fiberglass for new ships.

Air Force Veterans & Asbestos Exposure

Air Force Veterans were also exposed to Asbestos during their service. Asbestos was commonly used on Air Force Bases and heavy exposure occurred in the maintenance of aircraft brakes and insulating materials. Like the other military branches, the U. S. Air Force was unaware of the dangers that Asbestos exposure could later cause to the men and woman who served.

Army Asbestos Exposure

U. S. Army service members were also exposed to asbestos. Virtually all military installations constructed before 1980 were built with asbestos containing construction materials. In fact, the Army Motor Pool has a high rate of asbestos exposure due scheduled brake, clutch and engine work done on every vehicle with wheels or tracks.

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We Do Not Sue the Military or the Government

We Do Not Sue the Military or the Government

Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers in veterans are not the fault of the military or the government. It is, however, the fault of the asbestos manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who profited from selling asbestos to the military even after they knew of the dangers of asbestos.

It is not unpatriotic to fight back against companies that exposed you to Asbestos. Veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma have the right to sue the companies that profited from the sale of asbestos-containing products to our Armed Forces. For more than a decade, Flint Law Firm has represented and gotten compensation for thousands of veterans. While you served you protected our our rights and freedoms…please call us today so we can protect yours!

Legal Assistance for All U.S. Veterans

We offer legal help to all veterans who wish to file for veteran's benefits, or Department of Veterans Affairs claims. Successful veteran's claims result in financial benefits, compensation, as well as access to hospitals, clinics and treatment facilities.

Veterans' Legal Options Include:

  • Veteran's Benefit Claim (service related)
  • Applying for Disability with Social Security Administration
  • Filing a Civil Lawsuit
  • Out-of-Court Settlement
  • Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Fund Settlement