Were you exposed to asbestos during your service in the Army?
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Were you exposed to asbestos during your service in the Coast Guard?
Were you exposed to asbestos during your service in the Navy?
Were you exposed to asbestos during your service in the military?
Where Exposure Took Place
Many of the people in the Air Force were most likely exposed during a 20 to 30-year time span. They may have been exposed to the asbestos before regulations were put into place during the 70s and 80s.
It does not matter how long the Air Force has been around. The fact of the matter is, there are a number of individuals that were exposed to this chemical and they may now be facing some very serious complications because of it. It was found in the barracks and even in the planes and vehicles that were driven, flown and serviced by the military personnel.
It has been thought that there are actually more than 300 different products containing asbestos that were used in the Air Force. These products were used in a number of ways and the hazards of this material were never discussed with the people that were using it. If you really stop and think about it, there is a good likelihood that the aircraft that was used throughout the period of the Cold War most likely had asbestos in it as well.
Some of the different planes that had asbestos in them include:
Where asbestos was used on the planes:
- Firewalls of the engine
- Glue and other adhesives
Many times this was used because it was able to help insulate but it was also able to help protect against fires. When the products were in good shape, and working properly, the asbestos did not really cause many concerns. However, the fibers would most likely circulate when the products were damaged and would begin to break down, or need to be replaced.
When the individuals would sleep in the barracks they were actually putting themselves at risk for exposure to asbestos. Now, it was not common for the asbestos to cause any real harm unless revisions were being made to the barracks or something was damaged and needed to be repaired. Then it would be disturbed and would be distributed through the air – that’s when it is dangerous.
Veterans Taking Action
Even when you consider the fact that men and women do not make up a really large portion of those that may be suffering from mesothelioma, it is really important to understand that they were still at risk. The ones that were working on the aircraft were at the highest risk.
If you have been exposed, and you are suffering from mesothelioma, then you should certainly take the time to speak with a representative. He or she will know what you are entitled to and they will be able to help you get any paperwork started and help guide you to compensation and benefits.