Asbestos

If you served in Iraq or other countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, you may have been exposed to asbestos when older buildings were damaged, releasing the contaminant into the air. Additionally, some service occupations, tasks, and workplaces may have exposed you to asbestos, including shipyards, construction, and vehicle repair.

Are you eligible for compensation?

Yes, if:

  • You were exposed to asbestos while in military service.
  • You have a condition related to the asbestos exposure that occurred in military service.

Who is covered

You

Available benefits

  • Compensation
  • Health care

How it works

Several military occupational specialties have a risk of exposure to asbestos, including mining, milling, shipyard work, insulation work, demolition of old buildings, carpentry, and construction. VA also recognizes a risk of exposure in the manufacturing and installation of flooring, roofing, cement sheet, and pipe products, and the servicing of friction products such as clutch facings and brake linings. If you served in one of these specialties, you should be tested for related health risks. You must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

Learn more

Health risks related to asbestos exposure