Veterans have risked their lives to protect our country, but their lives may have also been at risk due to questionable chemicals on and off base. Whether it be drinking water on-site or in veteran housing, our beloved veterans may be exposed to a range of toxic chemicals. These toxins include asbestos, radon, and PFAS, which have all been linked to serious health risks.
Hidden Toxin On-Base
In the past, military personnel were exposed to Agent Orange, but there is a newer, less evident chemical within bases today that also has extremely dangerous effects. Not only are soldiers facing danger during battle, they may also be exposed to danger in their drinking water. Testing by the Department of Defense (DOD) found extremely high levels of a cancer-causing chemical, known as PFAS, in the drinking water at military bases.
PFAS chemicals, commonly referred to as Forever Chemicals, are usually found in household products like food packaging, non-stick products, polishes, and waxes, but are also used in firefighting foam. Since military bases are grounds for fire-fighting training, this toxic foam can slip into soldiers’ drinking water.
Dangers of PFAS
Long-term exposure to PFAS is highly toxic for humans, yet soldiers were never warned of the dangers in their drinking water. PFAS have been linked to:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Blood cancers
- Thyroid disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Liver problems
- Premature babies and low birth weight
- Effects on the immune system
- Endocrine disruption
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Toxic Chemicals Off-Base
Even when soldiers return home, they may still be exposed to toxins in veteran housing centers. These facilities can be a helpful way for veterans to return to society, but many contain harmful chemicals such as radon, asbestos, lead-based paint, and mold. The DOD recently found that 38,000 military housing units in the U.S. lack proper precautions for radon and asbestos exposure.
Radon and asbestos can cause lung cancer in veterans, yet most of these facilities failed to monitor for these toxins that commonly seep into buildings.
Pintas & Mullins Can Help
If you developed a serious illness after serving in the military, let our team of experienced toxic chemical lawyers assist you in filing a legal claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call us for a free legal consultation today at (800) 614-4857. You don’t need any money to hire us, and we don’t get paid unless we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf.