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Due to common military practices, any veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have a 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 a disease caused by asbestos exposure.   Of the 25 million living individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service. 

Widely used by every military branch, asbestos was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities.  Most military divisions utilized the caustic substance mainly for insulation purposes, but more than 300 products containing asbestos were used by the military, primarily by the Navy.  In fact, asbestos was so valued that the military even mandated widespread usage before eventually phasing out the material in the 1970s.

Exposure to asbestos has proven to result in a wide range of health conditions, including Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen. Due to a long latency period, mesothelioma symptoms (shortness of breath, severe cough, chest pain) may not appear for 20 or more years. For this reason, mesothelioma is often diagnosed in later stages of development, which severely complicates treatment and chances of survival.

 More than 30 percent of Americans beset with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos during military service. offers information on , Mesothelioma treament options as well as a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing a mesothelioma disease.  Additionally their Veterans Assistance Department offers extensive experience in filing VA claims and can help any veteran coping with mesothelioma receive benefits from the VA system.

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1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. Part of our mission is to spread awareness to veterans and their families. Our website offers free veteran specific resources and support for patients and families or contact Michael Moesch Community Outreach 888-572-9011
We are a charitable organization supporting VFW and the American Legion. Symptoms of mesothelioma cancer are easily mistaken for less serious illnesses, so early detection and awareness is crucial in improving survival rates. The reason this cancer targets so many Veterans is because of the extensive amount of asbestos used in past military equipment. Our organization provides free Veteran-specific resources and support for patients and their loved ones. Our goal at the Mesothelioma Group is to increase recognition, improving survival rates and life expectancy.  Go to:  or contact Jeron McFarland at  (888) 708-5660

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