The Navy has the highest incidences of mesothelioma among its veterans than any other branch of the military. This is mainly due to the prevalence of asbestos used in shipbuilding.

The Highest Rates of Mesothelioma in the Military

No branch of the military has been affected by asbestos exposure more than the Navy. The predominant reason for the inequitable proportion of asbestos exposure in the Navy is related to the countless uses of asbestos on naval vessels.

What Navy Veterans Should Know About Asbestos Exposure

  • Increased Asbestos Use

    Asbestos use in ships spiked during WWII. Veterans serving from this time until the regulation in the 1980s faced the highest rates of exposure.

  • Ships Used Most Asbestos

    Naval ships and shipyards were the most frequent area where veterans encountered asbestos.

  • VA Benefits for Sailors

    Navy veterans with mesothelioma typically receive the full amount of compensation available from the VA: $2,800+ per month depending on parental and marital status.

Manufacturing Companies are Responsible – Not the Navy

Although there were a few reports outlining the hazards of asbestos for military personnel; the risks were not widely known. This is because manufacturing companies producing asbestos products kept the dangers of their asbestos products a secret.

In fact, they actively engaged in methods designed to prevent the government, and the end users of their products, from knowing about its dangers. Therefore, it is important that Navy veterans understand that manufacturing companies are responsible, and not the Navy.

Navy Veterans Can Get Compensation

Navy veterans comprise the largest group of mesothelioma diagnoses in the country. Retired LCDR Carl Jewett can help Navy veterans file for disability claims and receive compensation to help cover medical costs. Get the peace of mind you deserve by speaking with Commander Jewett today.

Commander Jewett can help with:

  • Getting the maximum disability compensation benefits (approximately $3,000/month).
  • Financial support for spouses and children.
  • Getting aid and attendance benefits.




Every Ship Contained Asbestos

Over 300 asbestos products were used on essentially every ship commissioned between the 1930s and 1970s. The amount of heat generated in the confined areas in these vessels made asbestos the go-to insulating and fireproofing material of choice.

Unfortunately, asbestos materials used in any confined space results in exposure that may eventually cause mesothelioma or other asbestos related cancers.

Fortunately for Navy veterans with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers, these companies have been forced to set aside money in asbestos trust funds. To learn more about accessing these funds contact our Veterans Department.

There were thousands of pounds of asbestos used in some ships.

Asbestos use wasn’t limited to specific vessels. It had applications in virtually every ship from small patrol boats to aircraft carriers. Essentially, asbestos was used in almost every part of the ship.

Regardless of the type of vessel, asbestos was used in:

  • Engine and Boiler Rooms
  • Insulation
  • Deck Tiles
  • Firewalls and Doors
  • Pipe Lagging and Pipefittings
  • Gaskets, Valves and Pumps
  • Wardrooms and Berthing Spaces
  • Pump rooms
  • Galleys and Mess Decks

This puts most Navy veterans at some level of risk to asbestos exposure, especially if they served prior to 1980. Finally, in the late 1970’s, the EPA and OSHA began implementing and enforcing safety standards for asbestos. As a result, asbestos was no longer produced in large capacities for Navy usage, but previous asbestos was still present and was slowly phased out of existing ships.

Learn more about asbestos exposure among Navy vets in our free Mesothelioma Guide.