Asbestos was used widely in the military between 1930 and 1970. Heat-resistant, durable and inexpensive, asbestos was used in the construction of ships, planes, base housing, and in many products routinely used by the men and women who served our nation. Asbestos was especially common in the Navy, where the material was used in most areas of ships, including in boiler rooms, engine rooms, sleeping quarters and mess halls. Personnel aboard the ships, as well as workers involved in construction, renovation and repair, were exposed to asbestos. As such, Navy service personnel are at a high risk for developing asbestos-related illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Other branches of the military that used asbestos:
• Air Force
• Coast Guard
• National Guard
Treating mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases can become expensive quickly, and veterans deserve compensation for the financial and emotional harm that these illnesses can cause.
If you served for the US military and are experiencing the symptoms of mesothelioma, asbestosis or another asbestos-related disease, an experienced asbestos lawyer can file a claim with Veterans Affairs or pursue compensation from the asbestos manufacturer. Please contact the skilled Maryland asbestos lawyers at The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP to schedule a consultation.