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What Military Occupations Are Considered To Have High Incidence of Asbestos Exposure By The VA?

The VA has defined a range of occupations as likely sources of asbestos exposure, though the list shouldn’t be considered definitive.

Even if you didn’t work in one of these roles, you may still be able to show that you experienced service-related asbestos exposure, such as through serving in any capacity in a combat zone.

For VA claims purposes, special weight is given to the following occupations that service members may have worked in:

  • Mining
  • Demolition of old buildings
  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Milling
  • Insulation installation and removal
  • Servicing brake pads, clutches, and similar
  • Shipyard work


Again, if you did not specifically hold these roles in the military, that doesn’t mean your claim will automatically be denied.

An experienced New Orleans asbestos attorney can help you develop the strongest benefits claim possible by showing where and when you served, what roles you fulfilled, and how you were likely exposed to asbestos in the military.

If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or other asbestos-related diseases after serving in the military, call The Gertler Law Firm today at 504-581-6411 for a free consultation.