Risks of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions can develop in U.S. Army Veterans following their service time – especially while on military bases. Those who recently served outside of state-borders, such as Iraq and/or other countries that still import mass amounts of asbestos for constructional purpose, may also be at risk.
Among 32 Army installations, before their realignment or closing during the late 1990s, asbestos was one of the detected contaminants. This however, was unfortunately typical as large amounts of asbestos was utilized by U.S. armed forced throughout the 20th century. As a result, many Army veterans had been exposed to asbestos – the leading cause of mesothelioma.
Despite the new construction that led to the disuse of asbestos in the late 1970s, the toxic fibers had still remained present at installations that threatened new batches of soldiers decades later. Asbestos-related disease symptoms typically do not appear until 10 to 50 years following exposure causing many veterans todays to remain concerned about potential the development of serious, life-threatening illnesses, such as mesothelioma, in the future.
To understand their personal risk, Army veterans should learn more about any potential exposure and be aware of the concerning symptoms to look out for. Free consultations are also available in order to assist with further questions and/or concerns.