– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos show in the military forces, maladies it could have caused who could have been exposed, different advantages you can get. So we hope that you’ll join 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 reasonably red-hot topic, which is asbestos exposurein the military service.So, Melanie, I knowthat we hear about this, we discover commercial-grades about it. But what we’re gonna do todayis a little bit different because we’re gonnatalk about how ex-servicemen are specifically, or couldhave been specifically exposed to asbestos. But I wanna going to be home to 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 rock-and-rolls and soils. Not to get too technological but it’s composed ofthin needle-like fibers that are actually soft and flexible.The important thing that wewould need to know about it is that it’s heat resistant, so it’s used as a fervour resistant, as insulating material, and it can be used tomake fabrics stronger like cement and plastic. So, that’s why it’s used sowidely in so many manufactures, because it has, you know, great benefits to different textiles. The trouble with it is thatwhen it’s inhaled or ingested, it becomes permanentlytrapped in the body, which can then cause inflammation, scarring, genetic impair, which could then leadto cancers and ailments. 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 terrible.So it can, it is purposely exerted. I thought that it was just, you know, inherently, you know, hapless thatsometimes it’s present in certain substances. Like, I know we hear about talc cases and it’s because like you said, you are familiar with, it comes from stones and minerals and so, inherently, itwas sometimes in the talc or in information materials used for talc, but sometimes it is purposely used in order, like in cement? – Yeah, it is purposely used to support its advantageous causes, like the fact that it’s heat resistant and it’s used as insulationand things like that. I review 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 here about, you know, when youcould have been exposed, 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 military and the u. s. air force, both used asbestos and electrical cable, separation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in sends, shipyards, airliners, other armored vehicles. And with those ships, theyalso had poor breathing, which concludes somethinglike asbestos a lot worse. If “youre gonna” a vehicle car-mechanic, so while play-act routinemaintenance work on vehicles, there were asbestoses in brakepads, seizures, tolerates, gaskets, aircraft car-mechanics, because it was also used inthe rudders, gasoline methods, hydraulic systems, veterans who work with boiler methods, piping or cooling systems.According to the VA, this is the list of, “theyre saying” any ex-serviceman “whos working” in the followingcould have been disclosed. Ship grounds, interpretation, carpentry, defeat, mining and milling, insulation, hoses, roofing, flooring, cement sheets, and friction makes. So it’s a lot.- Oh my goodness! – Not exclusively that, you could have also been uncovered because it could have been hiddenin your sleeping quarters or within vehicles, withinweapons, within builds. And, it’s not only veteransfrom the 1930 s to 1970 s. Too, they have found that in Iraq and other countries in the Middle eastern countries, they imported large amounts of asbestos in recent years for construction. So, if a structure was demolished, desert breaths 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 envisage, well, you’re prettymuch cros,( belittles) I convey, that’s a lot of items of exposure if you were in the service- Yes. during those times. – Yes.- There were a lot of opportunities for you to be uncovered, – Right. – You know, it’s so interesting, you give this informationand I don’t think you realize like how, informative itis, how mind-boggling it is. Like, I ever envisioned asbestos was something thatsometimes unfortunately in the seventies was in the insulation. And so you breathed itthrough these express, you know, we we’ve heard of sick houses and that, that was pretty much, you know it was just a happenstance and an disastrou coincidence, but from what you’re sayingand the channel it was used, I mean that it was actually even used.- Yes – This is crazy, and wewere just talking earlier about Vietnam ex-servicemen. And so this is still a large portion of our population thatcould have been exposed to asbestos and have states as a resultof that showing right now. Like this is not, – Right. – I think that lots of ages beings visualize, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. Its consideration of the sub-item, this doesn’t characterize but, time the index that you returned, shipyards, construction, carpentry, the mining, the milling, and then the fact that you said that it could have been living quarters. Goodness compassionate. And then you were sayingthat even in recent fightings with Iraq, did you sayIraq and Afghanistan were importing it? – Iraq solely, but other countries in the middle East as well.So it’s likely. – Okay. Okay. So render us an idea what medical conditions arelinked to asbestos exposure. Because you may have acondition and is just 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 conditions.They’re going to revolvemostly around the lungs. The more popular is what’scalled mesothelioma. It’s a cancer thatoccurs in the thin layer of material that encompass themajority of the internal organs. It’s almost exclusivelycaused by asbestos. So that’s why that’s theone that we discover the most. – Yes. – There’s also lungcancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, and then some of the non-cancerousconditions, asbestosis, which is scarring of the lung material that stimulates breathing troubles. COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary ailment. There’s also pleural plaques and effusions and distribute pleural thicken. Basically it’s scarringin the inner face of the rib cage and theareas encircling the lungs. So it can cause breathing difficulties. So you’ll wanna look for evidences like anguish, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, grief around the rib area.Just, different lung-related problems. – 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 welfares or disability benefits as a result of, illness resulting from asbestos exposure. And you could also have, you know, a mass torts claim, because of this exposure as well. So they’re not like mutually exclusive. – Right – But you mentioned asbestosis. So, only to touch on that really quickly, can you qualify for assistances for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos show or, and for that position? – 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 a disease 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 provision a statement or you’re gonna specify your MLS, what your military functions 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 revelation, what if, what, and we, I think we have a lot of veterans that could be used to fall under this.What if you were exposed toseveral different things? I imply, what if you wereexposed to asbestos, but you were also exposed to Agent Orange, but you were also exposedto other herbicides, you know, how do they figure that out? Or how do they know which one, which umbrella to put you under, I approximate? – Right. So, – Or does it matter? – So each, show or noxious chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of infections or necessities. So like for Agent Orange, we know there are certainpresumptive maladies like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive necessities but, you know, the lung conditionsare more related to asbestos while, Agent orange has differentother types of conditions.So it’s gonna depend onwhat medical sign indicates, what scientific studies has been demonstrated that what necessities 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 “youre gonna” exposed. And then a doctor, either the VA examiner or your own doctor willkinda help figure out what cases do youhave that are due to what toxic exposures.- Okay, enormous. Any other advice youcan give on these land claims and perhaps, can you tellveterans what to do if they feel that they have been exposed to asbestos? – Yes. So, one of the difficult thingswith these asbestos claims is they may not, your condition may not showup for years and times. It can remain in your form for decades.We’re talking 10 to 70 yearsafter your initial revelation. Cancers can take 20 to50 years to develop. So you may have beenexposed in the seventies and then now is whenyou’re having evidences 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 situations, made to ensure that you talk to your doctor so that they can give you a suitable diagnosis.And then you’ll wanna try and think back and retain how you couldhave been exposed to asbestos and then have the doctormake that connection for you. – Okay. As normal, great information, Melanie. Thank you. – Thanks. – If you have any questions orwant additional information, delight feel free to call our website or scold our bureau. Otherwise, thanks for joining us. – Thanks .( piano music continues ).