Veterans of the U.S. armed forces are a unique group — one that played an important role in building America into the great nation it is today. These brave men and women made incredible sacrifices to protect our country, and we owe them respect and gratitude.
While many servicemen and servicewomen gave their lives to defend our country, others came home only to die decades later from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to the mineral asbestos.
The military used the mineral extensively from 1935 to 1975. While the military certainly had the safety of service members in mind when it first embraced asbestos as a fireproofing material, the use of the toxic mineral continued well after medical evidence first proved the harmful effects of inhaling it. Today, veterans account for nearly a third of all mesothelioma legal cases in the U.S.