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– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos show in the military service, circumstances it could have caused who could have been uncovered, different benefits 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 quite red-hot topic, which is asbestos exposurein the military service.So, Melanie, I knowthat we be informed about this, we recognize commercial-grades about it. But what we’re gonna do todayis a little bit different because we’re gonnatalk about how veterans are precisely, 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 is located within rocks and soils.Not to get too technological 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 ardour 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 manufactures, because it has, you know, great benefits to different textiles. The difficulty with it is thatwhen it’s inhaled or ingested, it becomes permanentlytrapped in the body, which can then cause inflammation, disfiguring, genetic shattering, 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 atrocious. So it can, it is intentionally exploited. I thought that it was just, you are well aware, inherently, you know, disastrous thatsometimes it’s present in certain substances. Like, I know we hear about talc cases and it’s because like you said, you are well aware, it comes from cliffs 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 cement? – Yeah, it is intentionally used for its advantageous parts, like the fact that it’s heat resistant and it’s used as insulationand things like that.I recollect the negative health effects about it weren’t realized until later, 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 united states air force, both used asbestos and electrical wiring, isolation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in sends, shipyards, aircrafts, other armoured vehicle. And to those used ships, theyalso had poor breathing, which obliges somethinglike asbestos a lot worse. If “youre gonna” a vehicle auto-mechanic, so while accomplishing routinemaintenance work on vehicles, there were asbestoses in brakepads, seizures, abides, gaskets, aircraft auto-mechanics, because it was also used inthe rudders, ga arrangements, hydraulic systems, veterans who work with boiler systems, piping or cooling systems. Harmonizing to the VA, this is the list of, they say any veteran who worked in the followingcould have been disclosed. Ship gardens, construction, carpentry, demolition, mining and milling, insularity, tubes, roofing, flooring, plaster membranes, and resistance products.So it’s a lot.- Oh my goodness! – Not only that, you could have also been disclosed 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. Likewise, they have found that in Iraq and other countries in the Middle eastern countries, they imported large amounts of asbestos in recent years for interpretation. So, if a house was razed, desert puffs 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 conjecture, well, you’re prettymuch treat,( mockeries) I represent, that’s a lot of pitches of revelation if you were in the service- Yes. during those times. – Yes.- There were a lot of opportunities for you to be exposed, – 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 foresaw asbestos was something thatsometimes regrettably in the seventies was in the separation. And so you breathed itthrough these vents, you know, we we’ve heard of sick buildings and that, that was pretty much, you know it was just a happenstance and an unfortunate coincidence, but from what you’re sayingand the acces 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 seasons people speculate, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. This item, this doesn’t characterize but, precisely the inventory that you yielded, shipyards, structure, 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 conflicts with Iraq, did you sayIraq and Afghanistan were importing it? – Iraq specific, but other countries in the middle East as well.So it’s likely. – Okay. Okay. So devote us new ideas 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 leave us new ideas of what some of those conditions “couldve been”? – Yes, so there are cancerous and there are alsonon-cancerous situations. They’re going to revolvemostly around the lungs.The most popular is what’scalled mesothelioma. It’s a cancer thatoccurs in the thin blanket of material that spreads 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 tissue that generates breathing problems. COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary ailment. There’s also pleural medals and effusions and propagate pleural thickening. Mostly it’s scarringin the inner face of the rib cage and theareas encircling the lungs. So it can cause breathing troubles. So you’ll wanna look for symptoms like aching, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, pain around the rib area. Just, different lung-related maladies. – 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 advantages or disability benefits as a consequence of, illness incurred as a result of asbestos exposure.And you could also have, you are well aware, a mass torts claim, because of this showing as well. So they’re not like mutually exclusive. – Right – But you mentioned asbestosis. So, just to touch on that really quickly, can you qualify for helps for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos exposure or, and for that situation? – 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 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 hanker your service records or you’ll wanna render 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 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 exposure, what if, what, and we, I think we have a lot of veterans that could fell within this. What if you were exposed toseveral different things? I signify, 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 guess? – Right.So, – Or does it matter? – So each, revelation or harmful chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of sickness or ailments. So like for Agent orange, we know there are certainpresumptive status like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive surroundings 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 manifestation establishes, what scientific studies have shown that what circumstances is a result of, which, type of exposureor which chemicals. So mostly you’ll wannaclaim all the conditions that you have and explainthe different ways that “youre gonna” uncovered. And then a doctor, either the VA examiner or your own doctor willkinda help figure out what preconditions do youhave that are due to what toxic revelations. – Okay, huge. Any other suggestion youcan give on these land claims and maybe, 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 malady may not showup for years and times. It can remain in your torso 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 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, particularly related to lung circumstances, 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 normal, great information, Melanie. Thank you. – Thanks. – If you have any questions orwant additional information, delight feel free to trip our website or entitle our place. Otherwise, thanks for joining us. – Thanks.( piano music continues)

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