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Wright Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio, used large amounts of asbestos in aircraft, vehicles and on-site buildings. Consequently, veterans and former civilian employees could risk developing serious diseases like asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Asbestos was considered a very valuable tool for the air force and the rest of the military because the material had natural heat resistance and fire-proofing properties. In fact, all branches of the American military used the toxic material up until the 1970s. However, asbestos fibers, when loose and inhaled, put millions of U.S. veterans at risk.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), several million American veterans who served in the military were exposed to asbestos during their service. Now, decades later, veterans account for almost a third of all mesothelioma cases in the U.S.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated personal injury lawyer representing air force veterans nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

Risk of Asbestos-Related Illness at Wright Patterson

There are over 20 million veterans in the U.S., and most of them were exposed to asbestos at some point during their military service. A large portion of those heavily exposed will eventually be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

According to data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics, Ohio ranks fifth in the nation in the mortality rate for mesothelioma.

The Air Force Command acknowledged an asbestos hazard in August 1986 when they adopted the Asbestos GRADE system to prioritize asbestos abatement in bases and buildings.

Asbestos in the Air Force

U.S. Air Force veterans were often exposed to asbestos in Wright Patterson buildings and aircraft, putting them at risk for developing mesothelioma and other deadly diseases. Due to their proximity to toxic materials and handling asbestos, welders, electricians and mechanics were among the occupations with the highest risk of exposure.

Asbestos materials were commonly used to build aircraft, and air force mechanics were exposed to asbestos concealed in body fillers, brake pads, clutches, bearings, seals and gaskets. Vehicle and aircraft mechanics could have been exposed to asbestos while performing routine maintenance.

Aircraft components like engines, cockpit heating systems, wiring, turbines, heat shields and insulation in cargo bays all contained asbestos. Aircraft mechanics were also exposed to asbestos while working on rotors, fuel and hydraulic systems.

Military Occupations with Greatest Cancer Risk 

Servicemen were often exposed to asbestos fibers while performing normal work duties. In turn, breathing the dust increased the risk of serious lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma later in life.

According to the VA, some of the highest exposure risk jobs included:

  • Electricians
  • Fire control technician
  • Machinery repairman
  • Machinist
  • Radioman
  • Welder
  • Insulator
  • Vehicle mechanic
  • Aircraft mechanic

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Still a Major Health Concern

A study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that efforts to minimize occupational exposure to asbestos fibers have not prevented asbestos related diseases developing in the younger generation.

Although the use of asbestos in new construction and use of asbestos-containing products was stopped many years ago, the toxic fibers remain decades later. Symptoms of asbestos-related disease often do not appear until decades after exposure, and many veterans may still develop a serious condition like mesothelioma.

Cases may continue to surface for years to come. Construction, demolition and asbestos abatement are regularly occurring at older military posts like Wright Patterson. As late as 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report regarding the presence of asbestos in former Air Force facilities. The report found asbestos in floor tile and vinyl flooring, pipe insulation, asbestos cement, ceiling tiles, roofing and drywall.

Ohio Military Sites with Known Asbestos

  • Wilkins Air Force Base—Shelby, Ohio
  • Parsel Army Air Forces Supply Depot—Shelby, Ohio
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Compensation for Wright Patterson Veterans

The government response has improved in recent years, but even if the federal government refuses to be held responsible for asbestos-related damage, veterans who served at Wright Patterson can still seek compensation from the manufacturers of the products that were supplied to the military. Claims can be made with our lawyers and we can investigate all avenues. The high medical costs of asbestos-related cancers have led many veterans and their families to file claims against asbestos manufacturers. Experienced attorneys at our firm can help manage these claims and secure compensation through lawsuits, settlements and bankruptcy trusts.

The courts have largely agreed that the government and asbestos manufacturers have a responsibility to provide America’s military with safe products and working environments. When they fail to protect our servicemen, they should compensate veterans and families for the damage they have caused. Please do not hesitate to seek medical and legal assistance.

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If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at Wright Patterson or another military installation, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

Even today, many years later, hundreds of veterans are diagnosed with lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma—past asbestos-related illnesses. Many of the air force vets who develop lung cancer and mesothelioma worked in a capacity where asbestos was regularly present. Air force bases may have been a risky place to serve your country, and many who served have been dealt an illness including:

Symptoms of Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma

Toxic exposure victims may not show signs of poor health for up to fifty years after first exposure. When symptoms appear, the cancer may already be in a later, terminal stage. Seek medical assistance if you develop the following symptoms:

  • A persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood from the lungs
  • Persistent chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling in the neck or face
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia

Wright Patterson Asbestos Exposure FAQ

How Did Asbestos Exposure Occur?

Asbestos breaks down over time naturally or with regular use, and the fibers of the material can be sent airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. 

Can I File a VA Cancer Claim?

If you were exposed to asbestos at Wright Patt or another air force base, and have been diagnosed with cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for a claim.

Why Did the air force Use Asbestos?

Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was thought to be the perfect insulating material for aircraft. 

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