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Veterans With Mesothelioma Inspire Asbestos Removal Projects at Military Bases Worldwide

Among the ranks of Americans diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, there is one group that represents the lion’s share of victims. That group is America’s veterans, which represent roughly one third of all mesothelioma patients, a statistic that traces back to decisions made long before it was known that asbestos is a carcinogen. From the years prior to World War II through the time that the Environmental Protection Agency revealed the dangers of asbestos, the military specifically ordered that the material be incorporated into as many of the materials that it ordered as possible, thinking that its resistance to heat, fire, electrical and chemical damage made it a superior protective agent for the men and women who were working in service to the country. The damage that asbestos causes has been understood for decades, but the clean-up efforts still continue today.

Writing of one such effort, James C. Hamilton III, director of public works at USAG Yongsan in South Korea recently described the efforts to prevent future cases of mesothelioma that are ongoing at that faraway base.He indicates that the use of asbestos was so ubiquitous at the time that the base was first built that it is still being found whenever a new maintenance, renovation or demolition project arises at Yongsan. The material has been found in flooring, roofing, pipe insulation and more, and when it is identified a local force of seven individuals who are South Korean nationals is immediately called in. Though the work had previously been done by a local contractor at significant cost, the public works asbestos removal team now works as an in-house unit whose members have full time jobs, but who volunteer their extra time to quickly, safely and effectively provide asbestos abatement services that protect those who are serving at the base today. The group is made of up a variety of professionals who have used their occupational training in carpentry, plumbing, electrical contracting, engineering and environmental sciences to provide coordinated asbestos removal services that is safe and effective, ensuring that those who serve are in an environment that is free of carcinogenic microscopic asbestos particles.

If you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos during your service and who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we can help you access the resources to which you are entitled. Call us today at 1-800-726-7245.

Navy Veteran Files Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit in New York

A Navy veteran currently living in the state of Arizona has filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against several manufacturing companies, including CBS corporation. The lawsuit accuses them of having negligently exposed him to asbestos, a known carcinogen that contaminated their products. He is asking a New York court to hold the companies financially responsible for their failure to provide warnings about the dangers that working with their products posed to him and to others. Continue reading

Study Shows that Veterans At Risk for Mesothelioma Should Minimize Alcohol Consumption

If you’re a veteran of America’s Armed Forces and you have a known exposure to asbestos, you are at risk for malignant mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. If you’ve already been diagnosed then you’re probably already in the midst of being treated, but if mesothelioma is a lurking fear in the back of your mind, then you need to do everything you can to minimize your risk, and according to a recently published study, one of the best ways you can do that is to keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum. Continue reading

New Jersey Prisoner Files Asbestos Lawsuit Alleging Fear of Mesothelioma Cancer

Many of the veterans who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma experienced the asbestos exposure that sickened them while working in ship’s boiler rooms and other tight spaces. The asbestos contamination that surrounded them was exacerbated by the lack of proper ventilation, giving them no choice but to breathe in the microscopic asbestos particles that then got trapped in their lungs and grew into mesothelioma’s cancerous tumors. Though the circumstances are very different, the environment those veterans endured is eerily similar to what David Wilson is claiming he is being exposed to on a daily basis. Wilson is a prisoner at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, New Jersey, and he has filed a lawsuit against multiple defendants, accusing them of showing indifference to his health and safety by exposing him to unsafe levels of asbestos within his prison surroundings, as well as a lack of proper ventilation. His lawsuit has just been given the ability to proceed by a United States District Court judge.

Is Your Home Hiding a Mesothelioma Risk? Research Before You Renovate

Veterans know better than most about the dangers of asbestos, and how breathing it in can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other diseases. During the years prior to World War II and all the way through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, asbestos contaminated Armed Forces living quarters, ships, vehicles, and even uniforms, and as a result, tens of thousands have been sickened and died from asbestos-related diseases. Just as the government specifically ordered that asbestos be incorporated into all those applications thinking that it would keep service men and women safe and comfortable, so too did the construction industry up until the mid-1980s. Asbestos was used to insulate homes and added to floor and ceiling tiles to reduce noise. It’s only now that we recognize the danger – veterans learned the hard way, and now it’s important to let everybody know about asbestos, as many people are starting to renovate their homes without understanding that they might be putting themselves at risk. Continue reading

Veterans Know California Fires Raise Risk of Future Mesothelioma Diagnoses

Horror and devastation are gripping the state of California right now as flames race across the landscape and destroy all that’s in its path, and veterans who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma fear that the damage is just the start of the fire’s consequences. As has been seen in many previous disasters, when homes and buildings built prior to the 1980s are destroyed, they send clouds of asbestos dust into the air, putting anybody that inhales them at risk of asbestos-related diseases years down the road.

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Agency To Pay Big Penalty for Spying on Asbestos/Mesothelioma Activists

When veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma think of lawsuits about asbestos, they think of victims suing an asbestos company for its role in a victim’s illness — they certainly don’t think of espionage. Yet spying is exactly what a recent lawsuit in the United Kingdom was about, and the result is that a renowned private security firm is going to pay anti-asbestos activists significant damages for having secretly infiltrated their organization.

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Fearing Mesothelioma, Activists Fight Back Against Demolition of Asbestos-Contaminated Library

Though developers are dismissing the concerns of local activists, veterans who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma will readily agree that careless demolition of buildings known to be contaminated with asbestos could have deadly consequences. The topic has brought the community of Ithaca, New York together, as health advocates take action to prevent the developers current plans from moving forward.

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Hotel Owner and Others Fined $140,000 for Exposing Workers to Mesothelioma Risk

When veterans were exposed to asbestos onboard ships, in boiler rooms and in barracks during their years of service, they had no idea that they were being put at risk for malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Today we know that the mineral is a dangerous carcinogen, and state and federal laws have been passed to protect workers from similar exposure. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of companies that put profits over people, disregarding the rules and failing to take the appropriate precautions to protect either workers or the public. A recent example can be found in Spokane, Washington, where the companies renovating the 107-year-old Otis Hotel have been fined almost $140,000 for failing to adhere to the rules regarding the handling of the cancer causing material. Continue reading

Nevada Residents Worry About Mesothelioma from Natural Asbestos

Until recently, most residents of southern Nevada had likely never heard of malignant mesothelioma, and if they had, they thought of it as a condition that they weren’t at risk for. But based on studies conducted in the last few years, there are significant deposits of asbestos throughout the area, and the presence of this naturally-occurring mineral is raising concerns as the Boulder City area looks forward to a housing and business boom bought about by the construction of a highway linking the metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Las Vegas. Continue reading