Veterans are faced with many obstacles when transitioning out of the military and into civilian/student life. Unfortunately one of these obstacles could be mesothelioma, which can leave one to feel even more alone and helpless. Veterans and first responders are at very high risk for asbestos exposure. In fact, one third of mesothelioma patients are veterans. Even though asbestos was banned in the early 80’s, many service members are still at constant risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos was a valuable resource for military equipment and vehicles because of its heat resistant characteristics. Veterans were exposed in nearly every branch of the military. The Navy’s harbors and ships were known for their heavy use of asbestos in boiler rooms and hulls. The Air Force implemented it into their cargo holds of aircrafts and heat shields for engines. Read more about it at: https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-and-veterans/