Our country's military personnel are sometimes asked to put their lives on the line. Most of us think of this danger manifesting itself in the form of enemy fire and explosives, but there are other hazardous conditions soldiers can face while in the field. Some of these conditions can lead to serious medical conditions that can have long-term effects.
Missouri vets may have concerns about exposure to airborne hazards. These hazards arise when particulate matter and air pollutants, often in the form of gas, occupy breathable air. These dangerous conditions can arise from building fires, smoke from burning oil, sand particles, industrial pollution, engine exhaust, and fumes from burning waste. Those who have been exposed to these hazards may face short- and long-term health consequences.
Sadly, the list of health effects is not short. Exposure to airborne hazards may lead to respiratory system problems such as shortness of breath, obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cardiorespiratory problems, and constrictive bronchiolitis. Some of these conditions may be easily treatable, while others may leave a victim disabled and unable to work in civilian life.
When a victim is disabled and unable to work, he or she may find it hard to make ends meet. Despite this hardship, veterans may be able to recover compensation and other benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs and Social Security disability. In order to qualify for benefits, a claimant will have to submit evidence that he or she meets federal requirements. With this in mind, many disabled veterans find it beneficial to consult an attorney with experience handling veterans' issues.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "Airborne Hazards," accessed on Sep. 25, 2016