– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos show in the military service, circumstances it could have caused who could have been exposed, different advantages you can get. So we hope that you’ll connect us in order to discuss this information.( upbeat music) Hi, and welcome back to Hill& Ponton VA Disability Blog.( piano music) My name is Natalia Jofre, I’m the company COO.- And I’m Attorney Melanie Williams. – And today Melanie andI are gonna be talking about a moderately sizzling topic, which is asbestos exposurein the military service. So, Melanie, I knowthat we be informed about this, we examine commercial-grades about it. But what we’re gonna do todayis a little bit different because we’re gonnatalk about how veterans are specific, or couldhave been specifically to be subject to asbestos.But I wanna is going in a littlebit more basic information and then we’ll grow from there. Can you tell everybody, what is asbestos? Is it a natural element or what is it? – Yes, so it is a naturallyoccurring material. It’s found in rocks and soils. Not to get too technological but it’s composed ofthin needle-like fibers that are actually soft and resilient. The important thing that wewould need to know about it is that it’s heat resistant, so it’s used as a shell resistant, as insulating material, and it can be used tomake information stronger like cement and plastic. So, that’s why it’s used sowidely in so many industries, because it has, you are familiar with, great benefits to different fabrics. The question with it is thatwhen it’s inhaled or absorbed, it becomes permanentlytrapped in the body, which can then cause inflammation, scarring, genetic mar, which could then leadto cancers and cankers. Basically what you need to know, it’s been banned inmore than 60 countries, but it hasn’t been are prohibited in the US. So, that kind of shows how bad it can be.- Wow – Yeah.- That’s kind of sad and severe. So it is feasible, it is purposely worked. I thought that it was just, you know, inherently, you know, hapless thatsometimes it’s present in certain materials. Like, I know we hear about talc cases and it’s because like you said, you know, it comes from boulders and minerals and so, inherently, itwas sometimes in the talc or in the materials used for talc, but sometimes it is intentionally used in order, like in cement? – Yeah, it is intentionally used for its helpful factors, like the fact that it’s heat resistant and it’s used as insulationand things like that.I envisage the negative health effects about it weren’t realized until last-minute, and we’ll talk about thatin a little bit as to why. – Okay. So are talking about, you know, when youcould have been uncovered, who may have been exposedto this in the military? – So if you served in themilitary from the 1930 s to the 1970 s, in allbranches, you are at high risk because the military used it extensively. In the army and the air force, both used asbestos and electrical cable, separation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in ships, shipyards, airliners, other armored vehicles. And with those carries, theyalso had inadequate ventilation, which fixes somethinglike asbestos a lot worse. If you were a vehicle mechanic, so while playing routinemaintenance work on vehicles, there were asbestoses in brakepads, clutches, births, gaskets, aircraft machinists, because it was also used inthe rudders, fuel organizations, hydraulic methods, ex-servicemen who work with boiler organisations, piping or cooling systems.According to the VA, this is the list of, “theyre saying” any ex-serviceman who worked in the followingcould have been uncovered. Ship gardens, construction, carpentry, demolition, mining and milling, insulation, hoses, roofing, flooring, cement expanses, and resistance commodities. So it’s a lot.- Oh my goodness! – Not exclusively that, you could have also been disclosed because it could have been hiddenin your sleeping quarters or within vehicles, withinweapons, within houses. And, it’s not only veteransfrom the 1930 s to 1970 s. Likewise, they have found that in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East, they imported large amounts of asbestos in recent years for construction.So, if a building was swallowed, desert breezes could havespread the asbestos for miles, disclosing all the veteransthat served in Iraq, – You’re going down this list, which is almost incomprehensible to me. And, I’m sitting here reasoning, well, you’re prettymuch shield,( belittles) I make, that’s a lot of details of revelation if you were in the service- Yes. during those years. – Yes.- There were a lot of opportunities for you to be exposed, – Right. – You know, it’s so interesting, you give this informationand I don’t think you realise like how, instructive itis, how mind-boggling it is. Like, I always reputed asbestos was something thatsometimes regrettably in the seventies was in the insulation.And so you breathed itthrough these shows, you are familiar with, we we’ve heard of sick builds and that, that was pretty much, you know it was just a happenstance and an deplorable coincidence, but from what you’re sayingand the mode it was used, I mean that it was actually even use. – Yes – This is crazy, and wewere just talking earlier about Vietnam veterans.And so this is still a large portion of our population thatcould have been exposed to asbestos and have predicaments as a resultof that show right now. Like this is not, – Right. – I think that lots of goes people envisage, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. Its consideration of the sub-item, this doesn’t qualify but, only the roster that you payed, shipyards, construction, carpentry, the mining, the milling, and then the fact that you said that it could have been living quarters. Goodness indulgent. And then you were sayingthat even in recent fightings with Iraq, did you sayIraq and Afghanistan were importing it? – Iraq specifically, but other countries in the middle East as well. So it’s likely. – Okay. Okay. So grant us an idea what medical conditions arelinked to asbestos exposure. Because you may have acondition and be like, I had no idea this could havebeen because of asbestos. So, – Right. – Can you sacrifice us new ideas of what some of those conditions “couldve been”? – Yes, so there are cancerous and there are alsonon-cancerous status. They’re going to revolvemostly around the lungs.The most popular is what’scalled mesothelioma. It’s a cancer thatoccurs in the thin coating of tissue that considers themajority of the internal organ. It’s almost exclusivelycaused by asbestos. So that’s why that’s theone that we discover “the worlds largest”. – Yes. – There’s also lungcancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, and then some of the non-cancerousconditions, asbestosis, which is scarring of the lung tissue that justification breathing questions. COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary disease. There’s also pleural plaques and effusions and imbue pleural thickening. Mostly it’s scarringin the internal skin-deep of the rib cage and theareas circumventing the lungs. So it can cause breathing problems.So you’ll wanna look for symptoms like aching, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, grief around the rib area. Just, different lung-related maladies. – I know that you mentioned asbestosis, and I know from myexperience with these cases because there’s also masstorts claims by the way, associated with these claims and just so that peopleknow you can have both, you can pursue a claimfor veteran benefits or disability benefits as a result of, illness suffer from asbestos exposure. And you could also have, you know, a mass torts claim, because of this revelation as well.So they’re not like mutually exclusive. – Right – But you mentioned asbestosis. So, really to touch on that really quickly, can you qualify for assistances for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos showing or, and for that statu? – Yeah, so asbestos show is not a condition in and of itself. So that’s not something that you claim. You claim a condition or an illness or an illness that you have. So asbestosis is the condition, that is the diagnosis thatyou would be claiming for. And again, whether it’s, you know mesotheliomaor any other condition, you’re claim that thecondition that you have, and then the cause of itis the asbestos exposure.- Okay. Is it difficult to prove theexposure to the asbestos? – Just like anything else with the VA you’ll wanna make sure thatyou have, sufficient evidence. So you’ll either requirement your service records or you’ll wanna ply a statement or you’re gonna specify your MLS, what your military imperatives were, describe duties and responsibilities in detail. And you’ll wanna talkabout how “youre gonna” disclosed, how often and for how long. And then that’s gonna help establish, because we know all these different areas where exposure was used, that’s gonna help show thatyou were exposed to asbestos – Talking about show, what if, what, and we, I think we have a lot of ex-servicemen that could fall under this.What if you were exposed toseveral different things? I entail, what if you wereexposed to asbestos, but you were also exposed to Agent Orange, but you were also exposedto other herbicides, you are familiar with, how do they figure that out? Or how do they are aware which one, which umbrella to put you under, I approximate? – Right. So, – Or does it matter? – So each, revelation or toxic chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of infections or cases. So like for Agent orange, we know there are certainpresumptive problems like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive predicaments but, you are familiar with, the lung conditionsare more related to asbestos while, Agent Orange has differentother types of conditions. So it’s gonna depend onwhat medical sign presents, what science studies have shown that what problems are caused by, which, type of exposureor which substances. So mostly you’ll wannaclaim all the conditions that you have and explainthe different ways that you were exposed. And then a doctor, either the VA examiner or your own doctor willkinda help figure out what requirements do youhave that are due to what toxic exposures.- Okay, immense. Any other advice youcan give on these claims and maybe, can you tellveterans what to do if they feel that they have been exposed to asbestos? – Yes. So, one of the slippery thingswith these asbestos claims is they may not, your ailment may not showup for years and years. It can remain in your body for decades. We’re talking 10 to 70 yearsafter your initial show. Cancers can take 20 to50 years to develop. So you may have beenexposed in the seventies and then now is whenyou’re having indications and you wouldn’t even thinkthat it’s due to asbestos.But so you’ll wanna talk to your doctor, whatever you notice, whatever you feel, peculiarly related to lung healths, make sure that “youre talking to” your doctor so that they can give you a suitable diagnosis. And then you’ll wanna try and think back and recollect how you couldhave been exposed to asbestos and then have the doctormake that connection for you. – Okay. As customary, great information, Melanie. Thank you. – Thanks. – If you have any questions orwant additional information, please feel free to tour our website or announcement our department. Otherwise, thanks for joining us. – Thanks.( piano music continues ).