Our Veterans Department

Former U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Munz serves as the director of the Veterans Department at The Mesothelioma Center. Munz has the resources to guide you along the way and answer questions about the Veterans Administration (VA).

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Aaron Munz

Aaron Munz

Veterans Department Director

Our Veterans Department is committed to helping veterans understand and file asbestos-related claims with the VA. Our years of experience assisting veterans have made us well versed in the complex process of filing for benefits and any appeals that may be necessary. We’ve walked countless veterans with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases through the approval process. Our department works tirelessly to help veterans receive the help they deserve.

Veterans represent a high-risk group for the development of mesothelioma, asbestos-induced lung cancer and asbestosis because of the asbestos exposure that happened in the U.S. armed forces. Munz’s expertise in the military’s use of asbestos — in all branches of service — will prove invaluable to anyone filing a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He is extremely knowledgeable of the vast number of parts and products containing asbestos that were used in the construction and maintenance of military ships, planes, living quarters and work facilities.

John Conway
“Asbestos.com helped us with getting through the red tape at the VA and getting the necessary forms for us. We would probably still be battling without their help.”

John Conway

Retired Navy Chief diagnosed in 2012

What We Offer

Our Veterans Department is qualified to help you and your family sort through paperwork, understand your options and overcome hurdles to acquiring VA benefits.

Working with Us Will Help You:

  • Understand financial benefits from the VA
  • Sort and correctly fill out VA paperwork
  • File for disability compensation and pension
  • File for survivor benefits and survivor pension
  • Present detailed and effective asbestos summaries
  • Proceed with VA claims previously denied

Meet Our Veterans Department Director

Aaron Munz

Aaron Munz

Veterans Department Director

Phone: (855) 895-2397

Email: amunz@asbestos.com

Former U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Munz served nine years in combat and strategic training before leaving active duty in 2006. He also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Munz uses his experience to help fellow veterans understand VA benefits and file asbestos-related claims.

Munz is a former Army captain who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom when he led more than 300 combat operations, including rescue missions under intense enemy fire.

1998

Started His Army Career, 1998

Munz served as commander of a tank platoon with a one-hour response contingency to North Korean aggression. He later served as platoon leader in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in charge of commanding a parachute repair company. He became battalion assistant operations officer in Fort Hood, Texas, serving as lead plans officer for a 500-person armor unit.

2003

Baghdad, Iraq, 2003-04

As senior leader of combat organizations, Munz was responsible for training, readiness, safety, maintenance and tactical employment of 67 soldiers. He was recognized as the top commander in his brigade. He led combat operations against insurgents in Iraq that helped secure U.S. and Iraqi infrastructure. He became a senior advisor to new Iraqi city council in Aqar Quf. He assisted in planning and resourcing economic development projects.

2005

U.S. Army National Training Center, 2005-06

The Army moved him to Fort Irwin, California, where he became an information operations trainer and developed training scenarios for units preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. He prepared and taught training programs in classroom and in-field environments.

2007

Civilian Service, 2007-14

Munz returned to school and received his master's degree from North Carolina State University. He became manager of a heavy equipment production line for Caterpillar Inc. He left to begin teaching U.S. history and social studies at a public middle school in Raleigh, North Carolina.

2015

Veterans Department Director, 2015

He became director of the Veterans Department at The Mesothelioma Center. Munz has the military experience that relates to veterans, and the resources to help them understand their VA claims forms.

Military Branches

Today, the VA handles disability claims from thousands of veterans who developed asbestos-related diseases. The VA Health Care System is equipped to treat conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Role of Asbestos in US Military & Its Effects on Veterans

Senior Writer Tim Povtak explains how asbestos and mesothelioma affected military veterans.

Asbestos-containing products were used throughout every military branch to protect servicemen and servicewomen from the dangers of heat and fire. Asbestos fibers also strengthened and reinforced the products it was put into, making them more reliable and safer to use. The U.S. armed forces used asbestos with the intention to protect, not harm.

Unfortunately, thousands of veterans were exposed to toxic amounts of asbestos before the military began regulating its use of the mineral. A disproportionate amount of veterans are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases today because of the exposure they encountered decades ago during their service.

Additional Resources

Understanding Mesothelioma VA Claims Get Started Now
Free Mesothelioma Packet Free Mesothelioma Information Guide Request Yours Now
Support Group for Mesothelioma Patients Join the Group Now

Author

Former U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Munz is director of the Veterans Department at The Mesothelioma Center. He received the Bronze Medal of Valor in 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Munz retired from the Army in 2006. Aaron has intimate knowledge of how veterans were exposed to asbestos because he served under similar conditions.

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