Sixty Years after Korean War Some Veterans Face Mesothelioma

by Sokolove Law

On July 27th, the U.S. Department of Defense will host “Heroes Remembered,” a ceremony that will observe the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Also known as “The Forgotten War,” the Korean War (June 1950-July 1953) was sandwiched between World War II and the Vietnam War.

In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that there were 2.3 million living veterans of the Korean War.

Like veterans of other wars, those who served during the Korean War are at risk for developing mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. In fact, 33% of mesothelioma cases involve Navy or shipyard exposures.

With a latency period ranging from 20-50 years, many veterans who served in the Korean War have already become ill with mesothelioma. Others in their 60s and 70s are only now being diagnosed with the disease.

So, as many Korean War veterans reflect on the battles they fought more than 60 years ago, they face grave health challenges today; challenges that could have been prevented. If the companies that knowingly produced asbestos-containing products valued our troops’ health and safety more than their profit margins, thousands of veterans and their loved ones could have been spared painful illness, loss, and grief.

If you or a loved one served in the Korean War, suffered asbestos exposure during your service, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation from the companies that produced asbestos-containing products.

Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about the connection between mesothelioma and the work performed by veterans of the Korean War. A mesothelioma paralegal will help to determine if you should file a mesothelioma lawsuit against the manufacturers—not the government or military—and get the justice you deserve.

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