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Meet Aaron Munz.: Director of the Veterans Department for the Mesothelioma Center

Aaron Munz The Mesothelioma Center 10-1-2023

Aaron Munz is the current Director of the Veterans Department for The Mesothelioma Center, the nation’s most trusted mesothelioma resource. Mr. Munz is a decorated veteran and former U.S. Army Captain and served nine years in leadership positions, combat, and strategic training in the Army before leaving active duty in 2006. He led more than 300 combat operations serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he received the Bronze Star in 2004 for his service. 

In 2015, Aaron joined The Mesothelioma Center as the director of the Veterans Department. Munz is a VA-accredited Claims Agent and uses his experience to help veterans with the often complicated paperwork that accompanies most VA disability claims. He understands the impact mesothelioma has on veterans, and he has the expertise to answer questions about their diagnosis and help them file paperwork with the VA.

Munz was key to establishing The Mesothelioma Center’s Community Partnership program which launched in 2022. The program connects veterans with outstanding educational and government resources nationwide. 

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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma: A Hidden Threat to Veterans

Approximately 60% of mesothelioma patients are veterans, primarily attributed to the military's extensive use of asbestos. Consequently, it is imperative for veterans to prioritize mesothelioma screenings and undergo annual check-ups with medical professionals. Mesothelioma, characterized by a prolonged latency period spanning 20 to 50 years, underscores the significance of these proactive health measures.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known for its heat resistance and durability. Because of these properties, it was widely used in construction materials, insulation, shipbuilding, and automotive manufacturing during the 20th century. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers are hazardous when inhaled or ingested, leading to severe health consequences over time.

How was asbestos used by the military?

Ships, aircraft, tanks, and military buildings were often constructed or insulated with asbestos due to its fire-resistant properties. This widespread use put veterans at risk of asbestos exposure.

Is asbestos exposure directly related to mesothelioma cancer?

When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become trapped in the body, leading to chronic inflammation, cellular damage, and genetic mutations. This can eventually result in the development of mesothelioma.

What are the options for Veterans after asbestos exposure or mesothelioma diagnosis?

  • Medical Screening: Regular check-ups for early detection.

  • Seek Specialized Care: Consult experienced specialists.

  • File a VA Claim: Pursue benefits for medical expenses.

  • Legal Options: Explore legal recourse for exposure.

  • Advocacy and Support: Join veterans' support groups for resources and emotional aid.

Call to Action (CTA)

Mesothelioma has a challenging prognosis, especially for veterans that are already dealing with PTSD symptoms. We are an advocacy team that aim to educate people, especially veterans, on this type of cancer. Aside from the information The Mesothelioma Center offers, we greatly encourage veterans to seek legal advice from mesothelioma lawyers, as they are very likely to be eligible for a compensation.

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