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– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos showing in the military service, situations it could have caused who could have been exposed, different helps you can get. So we hope that you’ll affiliate 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 fairly red-hot topic, which is asbestos exposurein the military service. So, Melanie, I knowthat we be informed about this, we find commercials 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 exposed 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 substance or what is it? – Yes, so it is a naturallyoccurring material. It’s is located within rocks and soils. Not to get too technical 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 shell resistant, as insulating material, and it can be used tomake substances stronger like plaster and plastic. So, that’s why it’s used sowidely in so many industries, because it has, you know, great benefits to different materials. The question with it is thatwhen it’s inhaled or assimilated, it becomes permanentlytrapped in their own bodies, which can then cause inflammation, scarring, genetic injure, which could then leadto cancers and diseases.Basically what you need to know, it’s been banned inmore than 60 countries, but it hasn’t been banned 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 exerted. I thought that it was just, you know, inherently, you are familiar with, regrettable 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 cliffs 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 plaster? – Yeah, it is intentionally used to support its beneficial factors, like the fact that it’s heat resistant and it’s used as insulationand things like that. I remember 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 disclosed, 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, isolation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in carries, shipyards, airliners, other armored vehicles. And with those ships, theyalso had inadequate ventilation, which meets somethinglike asbestos a lot worse. If “youre gonna” a vehicle machinist, so while playing routinemaintenance work on vehicles, there is indeed asbestoses in brakepads, controls, digests, gaskets, aircraft car-mechanics, because it was also used inthe rudders, oil structures, hydraulic organisations, 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 “whos working” in the followingcould have been disclosed. Ship gardens, building, carpentry, demolition, mining and milling, insularity, tubes, roofing, flooring, cement expanses, and friction concoctions. So it’s a lot.- Oh my goodness! – Not merely that, you could have also been exposed because it could have been hiddenin your sleeping quarters or within vehicles, withinweapons, within buildings. 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 eastern countries, they imported a large quantity of asbestos in recent years for construction. So, if a structure was shattered, desert airs 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 reckon, well, you’re prettymuch cap,( scoffs) I signify, that’s a lot of levels of showing if you were in the service- Yes.During those times. – Yes.- There were a lot of opportunities for you to be disclosed, – 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 ever considered asbestos was something thatsometimes regrettably in the seventies was in the insulation. And so you breathed itthrough these volcanoes, you know, we we’ve heard of sick builds and that, that was pretty much, you know it was just a happenstance and an unfortunate co-occurrence, but from what you’re sayingand the behavior 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 healths as a resultof that exposure right now. Like this is not, – Right. – I think that lots of times beings make, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. This item, this doesn’t prepare but, exactly the directory that you returned, shipyards, creation, carpentry, the mining, the milling, and then the fact that you said that it could have been living quarters. Goodness kindly. And then you were sayingthat even in recent struggles 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 pay us new ideas 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 open us an idea of what some of those conditions “couldve been”? – Yes, so there are cancerous and there are alsonon-cancerous conditions.They’re going to revolvemostly in various regions of the lungs. The more popular is what’scalled mesothelioma. It’s a cancer thatoccurs in the thin coating of tissue that blankets themajority of the internal organ. It’s almost exclusivelycaused by asbestos. So that’s why that’s theone that we listen “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 material that induces breathing difficulties. COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary cancer. There’s also pleural medals and effusions and imbue pleural thickening. Basically it’s scarringin the internal surface of the rib cage and theareas encircling the lungs.So it can cause breathing difficulties. So you’ll wanna look for manifestations like pain, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, hurting around the rib area. Just, different lung-related requirements. – 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 assistances or disability benefits as a result of, illness resulting from asbestos exposure. And you could also have, you are familiar with, a mass torts claim, because of this revelation as well. So they’re not like mutually exclusive.- Right – But you mentioned asbestosis. So, time to touch on that really quickly, can you qualify for welfares for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos exposure or, and for that predicament? – Yeah, so asbestos exposure 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 “youve had”. 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 claiming 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 wishing your service records or you’ll wanna provide the following statement or you’re gonna specify your MLS, what your military obediences were, describe your duties in detail.And you’ll wanna talkabout how “youre gonna” uncovered, how often and for how long. And then that’s gonna have been established by, 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 veterans that could fall under this. What if you were exposed toseveral different things? I symbolize, 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 are aware which one, which umbrella to put you under, I approximate? – Right.So, – Or does it matter? – So each, revelation or lethal chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of ailments or situations. So like for Agent Orange, we know there are certainpresumptive ailments like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive surroundings 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 shows, what scientific studies has been demonstrated that what provisions are caused by, which, type of exposureor which chemicals. So basically you’ll wannaclaim all the conditions that you have and explainthe different ways that you were exposed. And then a medical doctor, either the VA examiner or your own doctor willkinda help figure out what plights do youhave that are due to what toxic shows. – Okay, huge. Any other opinion 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 necessity may not showup for years and years.It can remain in your figure 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 symptoms 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, especially related to lung requirements, made to ensure that you talk to your doctor so that they can give you a proper 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 usual, great information, Melanie. Thank you. – Thanks. – If you have any questions orwant additional information, satisfy feel free to trip our website or entitle our department. Otherwise, thanks for joining us. – Thanks.( forte-piano music continues ).

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