– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos showing in the military service, ailments it could have caused who could have been disclosed, different benefits 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.( 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 jolly hot topic, which is asbestos exposurein the military service. So, Melanie, I knowthat we be informed about this, we insure commercials about it. But what we’re gonna do todayis a little bit different because we’re gonnatalk about how ex-servicemen 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 substance 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 adaptable. The important thing that wewould need to know about it is that it’s heat resistant, so it’s used as a shoot resistant, as insulating material, and it can be used tomake textiles stronger like plaster and plastic. So, that’s why it’s used sowidely in so many manufactures, because it has, you are well aware, great benefits to different information. The trouble with it is thatwhen it’s inhaled or absorbed, it becomes permanentlytrapped in the body, which can then cause inflammation, disfiguring, genetic damage, which could then leadto cancers and diseases. 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 painful. So it can, it is intentionally consumed. I thought that it was just, you know, inherently, you are well aware, lamentable 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 rocks 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 purposely used to support its beneficial parts, like the facts of the case 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 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 army and the air force, both used asbestos and electrical wire, isolation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in carries, shipyards, aircrafts, other armored vehicles.And to those used ships, theyalso had inadequate ventilation, which makes 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, stands, gaskets, aircraft auto-mechanics, because it was also used inthe rudders, ga plans, hydraulic organisations, ex-servicemen who work with boiler structures, piping or cooling systems. Harmonizing to the VA, this is the list of, “theyre saying” any ex-serviceman who worked in the followingcould have been disclosed. Ship yards, structure, carpentry, demolition, mining and milling, separation, tubes, roofing, flooring, cement sheets, and friction products.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 structures. 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 creation. So, if a house was swallowed, desert airs could havespread the asbestos for miles, uncovering all the veteransthat served in Iraq, – You’re going down this list, which is almost incomprehensible to me.And, I’m sitting here theory, well, you’re prettymuch wrap,( reviles) I symbolize, that’s a lot of stations of revelation 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 recognize like how, instructive itis, how mind-boggling it is.Like, I ever envisaged asbestos was something thatsometimes regrettably in the seventies was in the separation. 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 deplorable co-occurrence, but from what you’re sayingand the method it was used, I mean that it was actually even exercised. – 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 plights as a resultof that revelation right now. Like this is not, – Right. – I think that lots of occasions beings conceive, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. Its consideration of the sub-item, this doesn’t modify but, time the schedule that you uttered, shipyards, building, 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 battles 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 make 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 yield us an idea of what some of those conditions could be? – Yes, so there are cancerous and there are alsonon-cancerous predicaments. 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 material that window-dressings themajority of the internal organ. It’s almost exclusivelycaused by asbestos. So that’s why that’s theone that we sounds “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 causes breathing questions. COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary disease. There’s also pleural plaques and effusions and disperse pleural thickening. Basically it’s scarringin the internal skin-deep of the rib cage and theareas encircling the lungs. So it can cause breathing troubles. So you’ll wanna look for manifestations like agony, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, agony around the rib area.Just, different lung-related status. – I know that you mentioned asbestosis, and I know from myexperience with these cases because there’s also masstorts claims by the way, are connected with these claims and just so that peopleknow you can have both, you can pursue a claimfor veteran benefits or disability benefits as a consequence of, illness arising as a result of asbestos exposure. And you could also have, you know, a mass torts claim, because of this show as well. So they’re not like mutually exclusive. – Right – But you mentioned asbestosis. So, exactly to touch on that really quickly, can you qualify for benefits for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos exposure or, and for that necessity? – 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 a disease 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 hanker your service records or you’ll wanna provide a statement or you’re gonna specify your MLS, what your military tariffs were, describe official 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 showing, 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 represent, 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 suspect? – Right. So, – Or does it matter? – So each, exposure or toxic chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of cankers or provisions. So like for Agent Orange, we know there are certainpresumptive provisions like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive provisions but, you are well aware, the lung conditionsare more related to asbestos while, Agent orange has differentother types of conditions. So it’s gonna depend onwhat medical exhibit demo, what scientific studies have shown that what conditions 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 uncovered. 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, great. Any other opinion 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 dicey thingswith these asbestos claims is they may not, your milieu may not showup for years and times. It can remain in your torso 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, especially related to lung conditions, make sure 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 remember 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, delight feel free to tour our website or request our department. Otherwise, thank you for having join us.- Thanks.( piano music continues ).