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Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma – The Challenges That Set Them Apart from Civilians

11Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

Many military veterans were exposed to asbestos, a harmful carcinogen that is the leading cause for mesothelioma, at some point during their service. In fact, approximately 30% of military veterans who make up the 7% of the U.S. population are diagnosed with mesothelioma annually. This illness may affect both civilians and veterans alike – however, veterans have access to two different systems. Not only do veterans have access to both civilian and VA medical systems, but they can also be compensated by both civilian and VA legal systems.

If you or a loved one is a veteran and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should speak with a medical professional and mesothelioma lawyer immediately. Both professionals who has experience in the medical field and understands VA benefits can ensure that the victim has access to all veteran resources while receiving the best available treatments.

Studies on Veterans with Mesothelioma Conducted in the UK

Recent studies in the UK have confirmed that veterans and civilians have differing attributes in regard to their illness. Such attributes include…

  • Veterans often have differing exposure types in comparison to civilians. This is primarily in part due to the various occupations.
  • The mindset veterans have in relation to their illness also differs than the mindset civilians have. This is because veterans, especially male veterans, have been found to be more reluctant to share information regarding their experiences with people who are not also veterans.
  • Many veterans originate from blue-collar backgrounds. This suggests that they approach medical situations and/or doctors differently, as they commonly believe that they should solve their own problems and not ask for help.

While this may not be the case for every veteran, many of these attributes were noticed. However, it is important to remember that discussing the medical condition as openly and honestly as possible will lead to more treatment options. Although this disease is incurable, victims may have a longer life-prognosis when undergoing a variety of treatments and therapies.

A Task Take Priority Over Everything

Many veterans were taught to get the work done without complaints. If a veteran complains about pain and pain, it is seen as a sign of weakness. As previously mentioned, this correlates with results found in the study that correlate blue-collar work with military mentality.

There is a long latency period between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnosis – generally ranging between 20-50 years. Therefore, many veterans were unaware of the danger’s asbestos prosed to their health – and if they had known, there is a high possibility that it would not have stopped them from doing their jobs. Many tasks that veterans performed were known to be dangerous or even life threatening, so it was likely that asbestos exposure was the least of their worries. However, even if veterans had been concerned about asbestos, they were still encouraged to complete their task or mission. Whereas if a civilian was concerned about asbestos exposure, they had the ability to leave their occupation.

Branches and Occupations Within the Military that Frequently Faced Asbestos Exposure

Veterans who served between the 1930s and mid-1970s are at a high risk of developing an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma. This includes veterans from each branch that may have worked various occupations.

Branches and occupations that were commonly exposed to asbestos include…


  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Artilleryman
  • Infantryman
  • Vehicle Mechanic

Air Force

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Environmental Support Specialist

Marine Corps

  • Mechanics
  • Marines Deployed onto Navy Ships


  • Boatswain’s Mate
  • Boiler Technician
  • Damage Controlman
  • Electrician’s Mate
  • Fire Control Technician
  • Gunner’s Mate
  • Hull Maintenance Technician
  • Machinery Repairman
  • Machinist’s Mate
  • Metalsmith
  • Pipefitter
  • Radioman
  • Seabee
  • Water Tender
  • Welder

Although the Navy leads with the most occupations that were exposed to asbestos, many veterans are still at risk of an asbestos-related disease even if they did not work for one of these occupations. This is due to second-hand exposures from people and products. If you or a loved one have worked in any of the occupations listed above and develop symptoms or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, speak to a mesothelioma lawyer today. You may be entitled to compensation along with VA benefits.

Veterans Should Seek Expert Assistance

Any veteran exhibiting symptoms of mesothelioma should seek assistance right away. Speaking with a medical professional who are aware of occupations that faced asbestos exposure may provide an accurate diagnosis. This can also benefit victims who wish seek compensation for the medical expenses and lost wages through a mesothelioma lawyer.  The sooner a veteran receives a diagnosis, the sooner they can begin treatments and work towards filing a claim.

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