Asbestos in the Navy
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: $2,900+ per month depending on parental and marital status. To learn more about the VA read our top 3 facts veterans need to know.
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
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.