Asbestos exposure in the Vietnam War generally occurred in the same ways that it occurred in World War II and the Korean War. Namely, Vietnam War veterans were exposed to asbestos through contact with military machinery, vessels, vehicles, aircraft and materials. This was a time period when the use of asbestos products was perhaps at its peak, because the Vietnam War ended shortly before public warnings about asbestos and mesothelioma were just coming to light.
Many Vietnam War veterans struggled mightily when they returned to the U.S. They struggled with a sense of stigma as well as physical and mental health problems. Many suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and as a result, found it difficult to get a job, keep a job or live peacefully in a family. Many became disabled or homeless. (Many others adjusted well.) Life challenges stemming from their war experience can make coping with a serious disease such as mesothelioma all that more difficult in later life.
Regardless of the role that your status as a Vietnam War veteran has played, if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you know you need help. If you are battling issues such as homelessness or depression, a successful mesothelioma claim can make a great difference in your overall comfort.
After a diagnosis of mesothelioma, you need top-notch medical care. You need trustworthy legal advice, as well. Wallace & Graham, P.A. can help you with your claim for Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits or an appeal after a claim has been denied. If there is a third party such as a manufacturer that has some responsibility for the case, we can help you file a lawsuit. A free initial consultation with a lawyer can be an important step forward toward a satisfactory resolution.
Based in North Carolina, our lawyers represent clients nationwide. Call 800-849-5291 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Our skilled and caring asbestos attorneys will explain your rights and fight for you.