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According to a revealing statistic, more than 30 percent of Americans beset with mesothelioma (a rapacious cancer that attacks the internal lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart) were exposed to asbestos during military service.

Out of the hundreds of occupations exposed to asbestos, veterans account for 30% of all mesothelioma cancer patients. Due to common military practices, veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have a great risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses. Additionally, Navy personnel and workers employed in shipyards from the 1930s through the 1970s hold a greater risk of developing asbestos cancers caused by asbestos exposure.

Veterans with asbestos-related illnesses find themselves in a unique and troubling situation, as they virtually have no avenue to seek compensation through the current government system. Ailing veterans are prohibited by law to seek compensation from the U.S. government through the court system. For more information on a mesothelioma treatment or how you can get free assistance with filing for asbestos-related VA Benefits please see the resources as the Mesothelioma Cancer Center.

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Comment by stephen m gibson on September 5, 2013 at 4:06pm

i was on the point defiance lsd-31 that was built with asbestos all throughout thec ship the va doesn't want to accept this as service connected,my ship is or being ready to scrap after an overhaul in the mid seventies,she was also off the coast of nam in the sixties where she had to make clean water from the water surrounding the area my ship was in.va is being stubborn about it my claim has been in review board for a long time.

Comment by Stephanie Chavis on September 9, 2009 at 5:45pm
When I was in the first time as an enlisted Personnelman, I was stationed at PSD Norfolk, VA and they were remodling due to asbestos removal while I was there in the late 80's. I miscarried a pregnancy while I was there and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis while stationed here in Pensacola but no cancer detected yet.
Comment by Todd Wilson on December 2, 2008 at 7:37pm
Good question! I was on the USS Monticello when they started removing that stuff within the berthing spaces below decks. Anymore info?
Comment by Jim Spencer on November 25, 2008 at 1:26pm
Could go in to the "80's. When I was in South Weymouth from 1985 to 1988 we had to shut down the Transient Enlisted Barracks to remove asbestos from the pipes.

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