Asbestos Exposure and Veterans Administration Benefits

From the beginning of World War II through the Korean War asbestos was used extensively by the US military. Anyone who served in the armed forces between from the early 1940s and the mid 1950s, particularly those aboard Navy vessels – and anyone who worked in a shipyard – were often regularly exposed to asbestos.

It wasn’t until the end of the 1970s that the results of asbestos exposure became widely known to the general public.

Prior to the dangers being known asbestos was widely used throughout all Navy ships. You’d find it in the boiler room, the fire and engine rooms, sleeping quarters, the mess hall, the navigation room – the list goes on and on.

And because people lived in small quarters and the ventilation throughout the ships was poor it is pretty much a given that anyone aboard one of these vessels at that point in time was exposed to asbestos fiber contamination.

The reason asbestos was so widely used is because this naturally occurring substance is resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals. And it does not conduct electricity.

If left undisturbed it can actually be quite harmless. But if this fibrous material is disturbed or handled then very small particles are released into the air. Once these fibers are swallowed or inhaled they can cause major damage physical over the course of time.

The particles can scar the abdomen and/or the lungs. Diseases such as mesothelioma (also called asbestos cancer) and asbestosis can result. These diseases can be very painful. They are usually incurable. Most victims succumb to them.

It often takes from one to four decades – or more – from the time of the initial exposure for asbestos related diseases to start to become evident.

Over 43,000 Americans died from asbestos related illnesses from 1979 to 2001. More than 30% of them were veterans. Since that time the number of cases has increased.

Recently veterans across the United States who have been exposed to asbestos have begun to band together and rally. They want to make sure that their rights are being protected.

Now, depending on the kind of illness that developed, veterans can collect at least some and sometimes all of their VA benefits. The challenge to being able to collect benefits arises from being able to prove that their illness resulted from being exposed to asbestos and that it happened while they were in the military.

If the veteran can’t definitely prove that their exposure to asbestos happened specifically when they were in the military then the US government mandates that the veteran recovers his or her damages from the asbestos companies.

Asbestos was widely used in the private sector as well until the late 1970s. Consequently it can be a challenge trying to isolate which product caused the contamination. And then the victim must find the company that manufactured that product.

Because it can be so difficult to show proof of exposure it is important that veterans take advantage of the services offered by mesothelioma lawyers.

And to arrange for free consultation with mesothelioma lawyers go to => Wendy Moyer on behalf of Sokolove Law.

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Veterans Reportedly Overcome PTSD

Researchers have announced findings showing that PTSD may be successfully cured in veterans within six therapy sessions, without drugs, bringing the possibility of help for around 300,000 troops returning from Iraq or Afghanistan experiencing traumatic stress disorders.  


According to a pilot study published in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Healing and Caring, veterans with high levels of PTSD saw their PTSD levels drop to within normal limits after treatment. They reported that combat memories that had previously haunted them, including graphic details of deaths, mutilations, and firefights, dropped in intensity to the point where they no longer resulted in flashbacks, nightmares, and other symptoms of PTSD. The study involved veterans from Vietnam, as well as more recent conflicts.  


One Vietnam veteran in the study had been obsessed by the details of his best friend’s killing for 40 years. When the two of them went on patrol, his friend always walked to his left. On the day of his death, his friend was on his right, and the veteran believed for decades that “my buddy took the sniper’s bullet that was meant for me.” After treatment, his guilt evaporated, and he realized that “my buddy would willingly have died for me.”  


Practitioners in the study had veterans report the emotional intensity of such memories on a scale from zero to 10, with 10 being very intense, and zero being no intensity. They reported that, over the course of the six sessions, the intensity of most combat memories dropped to zero, and remained there subsequently. Measured on standardized psychological questionnaires, the PTSD levels of veterans in the study dropped by 50 percent. Their scores also dropped by 49 percent for depression and 46 percent for anxiety, indicating that other psychological problems that often accompany PTSD improved too.  


The method used involves the veterans recounting their memories of combat trauma, while rubbing or tapping 14 specific acupuncture points on their bodies. Scientists theorize that linking the mental recall of emotionally disturbing incidents to the physical stimulation used by EFT makes the person’s body feel secure. This associates an unsafe memory with a safe physical stimulus, which breaks the link between the emotional trauma and physical stress. After EFT treatments, veterans are still able to remember the incidents, but without an emotional charge.  


The pilot study is the first step in a large nationwide study of EFT and veterans currently taking place. The pilot study produced statistically highly significant results with just 7 veterans, while the national study is collecting data from over 100 veterans with PTSD. Both are being conducted by the Iraq Vets Stress Project.


With up to one in four returning veterans reporting PTSD, as well as other psychological problems, the military has been increasingly open to new approaches. Such studies are a first step to implementing effective new therapies in the Veterans Administration system, according to Dr. Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, head of the VA Field Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. His office examines potential alternative therapies that can help veterans. If the clinical trials show good results, he says, they’re “exactly the sort of thing we want to take a look at.”  


Dr. Dawson Church, the Stress Project’s director, says, “I’m hoping our society does not repeat the mistakes of Vietnam, where we brought a quarter million troops back home without adequate PTSD treatment. That’s why I’m so interested in therapies like EFT, that are fast, safe and effective.”


Dawson Church, Ph.D., founded Soul Medicine Institute to research and teach emerging psychological and medical techniques. He is CEO of Energy Psychology Press, publisher of cutting-edge alternative healing / integrative medicine books. His newest book, The Genie in Your Genes, investigates the remarkable self-healing mechanisms now emerging in this field.

Veterans’ Burial Benefits

My fellow veteran let me be the first to thank you for your service to our country. You are part of a very special group of Americans even though you may not admit it. Whether you served in a hot war or cold war your service to our great country has my gratitude. Reading this article means that you are considering your burial options. I would like to give you some information that you will find of value. Many veterans are depending on being buried in a Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery or in a local cemetery. While this is certainly possible there are a few misconceptions about Veteran’s Burial benefits. As a result of these misconceptions many families of veterans are left with the heavy burden of the high cost of funeral expenses. Veterans through out our great country believe that they fully understand their VA death benefits. Few, however, understand that there will be costs that the family must bear.

Again let me express my gratitude for your service. I am a veteran and I understand the pride that comes with serving our country. When I see the flag flying in a strong breeze I think of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It seems strange; however, that many veterans have never actually looked into or asked about what is, in fact, included as part of their VA death benefits. As people mature they realize that there are many things that they have been wrong about. When death strikes a home, it is not the time to find out you where wrong about your VA Burial Benefits. Funny isn’t it that as Americans we tend not to want to face things we do not understand. Very few Americans will admit when they are wrong about something, it kind of goes against our nature. Now am I saying that you are mistaken about you VA Burial benefits? Possibly. What I am saying that many veterans do not know exactly what there benefits are.

It is my hope that you are not one of the veterans that thinks VA will pay for everything. I speak with many veterans and there a few that truly understand that the VA will not pay for everything. Allow me to challenge you right now to go to the official VA web site and find out exactly what your veterans burial benefits truly are. The time to find out and make plans is now before the need arises and your family is left with the unexpected high cost of a funeral.

L. Allan Ellis represents funeral service providers across the State of Arizona.
He can be reached at 602-481-7797.
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