Asbestos Exposure During Military Service and Pleural Mesothelioma

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos is a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications such as cement, clutches, valves, brakes, gaskets, boilers and ships primarily because of its resistance to fire. Although lesser known than Agent Orange, asbestos exposure has been proven as one of the contributing causes of pleural mesothelioma.

As a result of their exposure during military service, U.S. veterans account for a sizable percentage of pleural mesothelioma patients. Naval veterans are in one of the highest risk groups, and this is a result of the mass amount of asbestos material used on naval vessels. Navy veterans who worked in shipyards or aboard vessels experienced more asbestos exposure than the average member of the Armed Forces and can claim benefits from the VA system for this service-related condition.

The website  has the most up to date and comprehensive information about Pleural Mesothelioma on the web today; with information ranging from a complete list of symptoms, to treatment options and steps to take after a diagnosis.

VA Admits Association Between Gulf War and Gastrointestinal Disorders

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as a final rule the proposal to amend its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection for medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses associated with service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations for which there is no record during service.

This amendment implements a decision by the Secretary that there is a positive association between service in Southwest Asia during certain periods and the subsequent development of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and clarifies that FGIDs fall within the scope of the existing presumptions of service connection for medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses.

DATES: This final rule is effective August 15, 2011. Applicability Date: This final rule shall apply to claims pending before, filed with or remanded to VA on or after August 15, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Copeland, Regulations Staff (211D), Compensation and Pension Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461-9685. (This is not a toll-free number.)

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