Asbestos Exposure Among Air Force Personnel
Many men and women involved in military service over the past several decades have been endangered by a dangerous material known as asbestos. This material was widely used in buildings and vehicles to prevent fires and reduce heat. In particular, many Air Force personnel were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis, as the material could be found during the course of their daily operations.
Asbestos Risks in the Air Force
The United States Air Force has a proud history of working throughout the 20th century to fight for the interests of the American people. However, in their tours of duty, these soldiers may have been put at risk for developing serious health complications from asbestos exposure. The following sources of asbestos may have threatened these individuals:
- Gaskets in airplane engines
- Fire-resistant flight suits and blankets
- Pipes and boilers aboard aircraft carriers
- Tiles and housing on bases and in military barracks
If exposed to asbestos, the fibers from the mineral may break off and enter into the individual’s lungs. These fibers can then collect and seriously damage the lung tissue. As a result of exposure, a person can develop a lung cancer known as mesothelioma, which is extremely lethal and difficult to detect.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos as a part of military service, serious health problems may be linked to exposure to this material. To learn more about your legal options in this situation, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.