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The United States has fought many wars over the course of the 20th and 21st Centuries, sending millions of men and women into harm's way to defend American interests, protect our allies and weaker nations from dictators and extremists.

Many of those millions of war veterans are still alive and form a significant part of American society. Many of these veterans deal with various issues from their military service. In particular, many World War Two vets deal with health issues connected to exposure to asbestos (Mesothelioma).

Two of the persistent medical conditions affecting American military veterans from the 1930s onward are asbestosis and mesothelioma. Both are serious diseases caused through exposure to asbestos. Why are military veterans and civilians who worked on military bases and naval ships and dockyards at risk? Many U.S. military installations still contain asbestos fibers and material since many of the buildings on military bases were constucted prior to 1970. Many of those buildings still stand and are in use by today's military personnel.

The U.S. Navy, however, is still contains the highest concentration of asbestos among all the military services. Nearly every naval ship commissioned between 1930 and the early 1970s was built with asbestos coating on engine room pipes and boilers, on piping and ductwork ship wide, and contained asbestos insulation throughout the entire ship that which provided effective fire protection.

The two main diseases that are caused by asbestos are asbestosis - which scars the lungs and leads to greatly reduced lung capacity - and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that typically develops in the membranes lining the outside of the lungs, the heart and the walls of the abdominal and chest cavities.

 

 

 Resources, News, and Links on Mesothelioma and Veterans:

 

Malcolm McLaren, Sex Pistols Manager, Dies of Mesothelioma at the age of 64 --MusicHistory News

Hamilton Jordan, President Carter's chief of staff, dies--Atlanta Journal Constitution--former Carter Administration Chief of Staff dies of Mesothelioma.

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