Veterans disproportionately affected by mesothelioma

15 Jun 2018 by under Organizations

Pearl Harbor Memorial Day 201Veteran Pearl Harbor 6 image by US Dept of Defense Ret Army Command Sgt Maj Sterling R Cale 90 371x210 100x100 Veterans disproportionately affected by mesotheliomaVeterans are disproportionately affected by the deadly cancer , with an estimated one-third of all patients being Navy veterans and shipbuilders, according to the Applied Research Foundation, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to ending and the suffering caused by the disease.

Because so many veterans are affected by mesothelioma, it is important that veterans are aware of the resources available to them.

Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs, most often the lungs. It is caused by exposure to , a fibrous mineral that is found in many insulation and shipbuilding materials. It can take up to 50 years or more for symptoms of mesothelioma to appear after exposure. The disease typically proves deadly within 12-24 months after diagnosis.

Mesothelioma patients should know that all hospitals – not just VA hospitals – employ a VA coordinator who can assist veterans with filling out forms and advising on benefits provided through the VA system.

Many Veteran Services Organizations provide free professional assistance to veterans and their families. Some may be helpful in helping mesothelioma patients in processing their claims and paperwork in order to get their VA benefits. Some of these organizations that can provide assistance include The American Legion, the country’s largest wartime veterans services organization; AMVETS, an extensive network of trained national service officers (NSOs); Fleet Reserve Association, a group created for current and former enlisted members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; and the Marine Corps League, which employs staff to assist Marine Corp veterans navigate through the claims process.

For more information and contact information for Veteran Services Organizations, visit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Source: Meso Foundation

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