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– Hi, today we’re gonna be talking about asbestos exposure in the military forces, preconditions it could have caused who could have been uncovered, different helps 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.( 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 fairly hot topic, which is asbestos exposurein the military service. So, Melanie, I knowthat we hear about this, we ensure commercial-grades 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 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 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 fervor resistant, as insulating material, and it can be used tomake information 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 materials. The difficulty with it is thatwhen it’s inhaled or absorbed, it becomes permanentlytrapped in their own bodies, which can then cause inflammation, scarring, genetic shattering, 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 terrifying. So it can, it is purposely employed. I thought that it was just, you are familiar with, 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 know, it comes from stones and minerals and so, inherently, itwas sometimes in the talc or in information materials used for talc, but sometimes it is intentionally used in order, like in cement? – Yeah, it is intentionally used to support its advantageous influences, like the fact that it’s heat resistant and it’s used as insulationand things like that.I think 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 speaking of, 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 wire, insulation vehicles. The Navy and the Marinesused it in ships, shipyards, airliners, other armored vehicles.And to those used carries, theyalso had poor breathing, which obliges somethinglike asbestos a lot worse. If you were a vehicle car-mechanic, so while accomplishing routinemaintenance work on vehicles, there is indeed asbestoses in brakepads, seizures, accepts, gaskets, aircraft car-mechanics, because it was also used inthe rudders, fuel organizations, hydraulic structures, ex-servicemen who work with boiler systems, piping or cooling systems. According to the VA, this is the list of, “theyre saying” any ex-serviceman who worked in the followingcould have been exposed.Ship grounds, structure, carpentry, defeat, mining and milling, isolation, tubes, roofing, flooring, cement expanses, and friction products. So it’s a lot.- Oh my goodness! – Not simply that, you could have also been exposed because it could have been hiddenin your sleeping quarters or within vehicles, withinweapons, within constructs. And, it’s not only veteransfrom the 1930 s to 1970 s. Also, they have found that in Iraq and other countries in the Middle eastern countries, they imported large quantities of asbestos in recent years for construction.So, if a building was annihilated, desert hurricanes 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 believe, well, you’re prettymuch clothe,( scorns) I intend, that’s a lot of sites of revelation if “youre in” the service- Yes. during those years. – 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 recognize like how, informative itis, how mind-boggling it is. Like, I always fantasized asbestos was something thatsometimes unfortunately in the seventies was in the insulation.And so you breathed itthrough these volcanoes, you are familiar with, we we’ve heard of sick structures and that, that was pretty much, you know it was just a happenstance and an haples coincidence, but from what you’re sayingand the acces it was used, I mean that it was actually even applied. – 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 surroundings as a resultof that revelation right now. Like this is not, – Right. – I think that lots of period beings judge, Oh, this was a long time ago, so this isn’t affecting me now. This item, this doesn’t characterize but, time the list that you gave, shipyards, structure, carpentry, the mining, the milling, and then the fact that you said that it could have been living quarters. Goodness hospitable. And then you were sayingthat even in recent fights 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 establish 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 hand us new ideas of what some of those conditions “couldve been”? – Yes, so there are cancerous and there are alsonon-cancerous predicaments. They’re going to revolvemostly in various regions of the lungs. The most popular is what’scalled mesothelioma. It’s a cancer thatoccurs in the thin coating of tissue that envelops themajority of the internal organ. It’s almost exclusivelycaused by asbestos. So that’s why that’s theone that we discover 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 makes breathing problems. COPD, chronic obstructivepulmonary infection. There’s also pleural plaques and effusions and pervade pleural thicken. Mostly it’s scarringin the internal face of the rib cage and theareas encircling the lungs. So it can cause breathing problems. So you’ll wanna look for indications like sting, cough, breathlessness, shortness of breath, tendernes 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, 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 consequence of, illness resulting from asbestos exposure. And you could also have, you are familiar with, a mass torts claim, because of this showing as well. So they’re not like mutually exclusive.- Right – But you mentioned asbestosis. So, really to touch on that really quickly, can you qualify for helps for asbestosis as wellas, asbestos revelation or, and for that circumstance? – Yeah, so asbestos revelation 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 wishing your service records or you’ll wanna add a statement or you’re gonna specify your MLS, what your military offices 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 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 showing, what if, what, and we, I think we have a lot of ex-servicemen that could fell within 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 are familiar with, 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 poison chemical is gonna have its own sort ofset of maladies or circumstances. So like for Agent orange, we know there are certainpresumptive states like diabetes type two. Asbestos exposure does not have its own presumptive milieu 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 ground pictures, what scientific studies has been demonstrated that what preconditions 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 “youre gonna” uncovered. And then a doctor, either the VA examiner or your own doctor willkinda help figure out what problems do youhave that are due to what toxic exposures. – Okay, enormous. Any other admonition 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 touchy thingswith these asbestos claims is they may not, your situation may not showup for years and years.It can remain in your mas 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, peculiarly related to lung predicaments, 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 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 stay our website or summon our position. Otherwise, thanks for joining us. – Thanks.( piano music continues ).

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