Military Veteran Exposure

Military veterans, especially Navy veterans, were commonly exposed to asbestos.  Veterans are nearly one third of new Mesothelioma cases in the US.  Military veterans were commonly exposed to asbestos used as insulation on battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, submarines, destroyers, frigates, auxiliary vehicles, etc.

If you served in the military in one of the following occupations, there is a good chance you may have been exposed to asbestos:

  • mining
  • milling
  • shipyard work
  • insulation work
  • demolition of old buildings
  • carpentry
  • construction
  • manufacturing and installation of products such as
    • cement sheet
    • flooring
    • roofing
    • pipe products
  • servicing of friction products such as
    • brake linings
    • clutch facings

If you served in the Middle East or that region, you may have been exposed to asbestos when older buildings were damaged or destroyed, which would have released asbestos fibers into the air.

 Navy Hit The Hardest

In the military, the Navy had the greatest demand for the Asbestos, which has outstanding insulating and fire proofing properties.  Accordingly, Navy veterans have been hit the hardest by Mesothelioma, which is only caused by asbestos.

On Navy vessels, asbestos was used across the entire vessel, as it covered pipes, pumps, motors, condensers and compressors.  Asbestos was especially heavily used as insulation in weapons/ammunition rooms, boiler rooms, engine rooms, engineering compartments, and anywhere heat insulation was needed.  Any shipmate who worked in those departments were at an even higher risk of greater asbestos exposure, and are at a higher risk of developing Mesothelioma.  The Navy stopped using asbestos on vessels in the 1970s, but those vessels remained in use for many years after new asbestos installations stopped.

In addition to shipmates being exposed to asbestos onboard vessels, the construction, demolition, repair or renovation of ships or naval buildings also exposed Navy personnel to asbestos.

Support for Military Veterans?

Compensation is available for military veterans who were exposed to asbestos while on duty or acting as a civilian worker.  Contact us via telephone call or form to discuss how we might be able to assist with your VA claim, even if the VA previously denied your claim.

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