– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos showing in the military service, surroundings it could have caused who could have been disclosed, different benefits you can get. So we hope that you’ll participate us in order to discuss this information.( upbeat music) Hi, and welcome back to Hill& Ponton VA Disability Blog.( forte-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 hear about this, we construe commercials about it. But what we’re gonna do todayis a little bit different because we’re gonnatalk about how veterans are solely, or couldhave been specifically exposed to asbestos. But I wanna go back to a littlebit more basic information and then we’ll grow from there. Can you tell everybody, what is asbestos? Is it a natural essence or what is it? – Yes, so it is a naturallyoccurring material. It’s is located within stones and soils. Not to get too technical 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 burn 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 are familiar with, great benefits to different substances. The trouble 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 maladies. Mostly 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 cruel. So it can, it is purposely employed. I thought that it was just, you know, inherently, you know, deplorable thatsometimes it’s present in certain substances. Like, I know we hear about talc cases and it’s because like you said, you know, it comes from rock-and-rolls 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 plaster? – Yeah, it is intentionally used for its beneficial points, like the fact that it’s heat resistant and it’s used as insulationand things like that. I mull 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 are familiar with, 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 wiring, isolation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in carries, shipyards, airliners, other armoured vehicle. And to those used ships, theyalso had inadequate breathing, which stimulates somethinglike asbestos a lot worse. If “youre gonna” a vehicle machinist, so while play-act routinemaintenance work on vehicles, there were asbestoses in brakepads, seizures, carries, gaskets, aircraft mechanics, because it was also used inthe rudders, fuel structures, hydraulic plans, veterans who work with boiler organisations, piping or cooling systems. Harmonizing to the VA, this is the list of, they say any veteran who worked in the followingcould have been exposed.Ship grounds, construction, carpentry, demolition, mining and milling, insulation, hoses, roofing, flooring, plaster membranes, and friction products. So it’s a lot.- Oh my goodness! – Not merely that, you could have also been uncovered because it could have been hiddenin your sleeping quarters or within vehicles, withinweapons, within structures. 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 East, they imported a large quantity of asbestos in recent years for construction.So, if a building was annihilated, desert gusts could havespread the asbestos for miles, exposing all the veteransthat served in Iraq, – You’re going down this list, which is almost incomprehensible to me. And, I’m sitting here think, well, you’re prettymuch extend,( jeers) I signify, that’s a lot of pitches of showing if “youre 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 realize like how, instructive itis, how mind-boggling it is. Like, I always pictured asbestos was something thatsometimes regrettably in the seventies was in the insulation. And so you breathed itthrough these vent-holes, you know, we we’ve heard of sick structures and that, that was pretty much, you know it was just a happenstance and an regrettable co-occurrence, but from what you’re sayingand the route it was used, I mean that it was actually even used.- 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 necessities as a resultof that exposure right now. Like this is not, – Right. – I think that lots of goes people reckon, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. Its consideration of the sub-item, this doesn’t certify but, time the roster that you dedicated, shipyards, construction, carpentry, the mining, the milling, and then the fact that you said that it could have been living quarters. Goodness courteous. And then you were sayingthat even in recent fightings with Iraq, did you sayIraq and Afghanistan were importing it? – Iraq precisely, but other countries in the middle East as well. So it’s likely. – Okay. Okay. So cause 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 apply us new ideas of what some of those conditions “couldve been”? – Yes, so there are cancerous and there are alsonon-cancerous ailments. They’re going to revolvemostly around the lungs. The more popular is what’scalled mesothelioma. It’s a cancer thatoccurs in the thin seam of tissue that encompass themajority of the internal organ. It’s almost exclusivelycaused by asbestos. So that’s why that’s theone that we hear 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 problems.COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary ailment. There’s also pleural plaques and effusions and permeate pleural thicken. Basically it’s scarringin the inner skin-deep of the rib cage and theareas surrounding the lungs. So it can cause breathing problems. So you’ll wanna look for indications like ache, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, sting around the rib area. Just, different lung-related conditions.- 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 suffered from asbestos exposure. And you could also have, you know, a mass torts claim, because of this showing 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 benefits for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos show or, and for that provision? – Yeah, so asbestos showing 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 lack your service records or you’ll wanna afford the following statement or you’re gonna specify your MLS, what your military tariffs 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 want, 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, showing or poison chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of sickness or requirements. So like for Agent orange, we know there are certainpresumptive surroundings like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive surroundings 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 indication depicts, what scientific studies is demonstrating that what ailments is a result of, which, type of exposureor which compounds. So mostly you’ll wannaclaim all the conditions that you have and explainthe different ways that “youre gonna” disclosed. And then a medical doctor, either the VA examiner or your own doctor willkinda help figure out what requirements do youhave that are due to what toxic showings. – Okay, enormous. Any other opinion youcan give on these claims and perhaps, can you tellveterans what to do if they feel that they have been exposed to asbestos? – Yes. So, one of the risky thingswith these asbestos claims is they may not, your mode may not showup for years and times. It can remain in your person 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 manifestations 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 milieu, make sure 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, satisfy feel free to stay our website or call our part. Otherwise, thanks for joining us. – Thanks.( forte-piano music continues ).