This weekend will see cake-cutting, parties, and other festivities as the U.S. Navy’s official birthday bash – celebrating 238 years of courage and commitment by the nation’s naval force – gets underway.
Even the ongoing shutdown of the federal government won’t spoil the many activities planned to commemorate the Navy Birthday, including a grand ball put on by the Navy League in Washington, D.C.
The Navy Birthday celebration honors the sailors who “stand the watch” to defend our nation at sea. It also showcases America’s naval history and heritage. The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Defending America with Pride Since 1775.”
However, during these celebrations it’s important to remember that many naval veterans were exposed to asbestos as they served our nation. Many manufacturers added asbestos to products that were used in the construction of Navy vessels including gaskets, ropes, and lagging. As a consequence, Navy veterans have an elevated risk for asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma, a lethal cancer for which there is no cure.
View our “U.S. Navy Heroes at Risk” infographic to learn about the various jobs and products associated with asbestos exposure on Navy ships and in shipyards across the country.
It is a sad fact that one third of mesothelioma cases involve Navy or shipyard exposures. If you or a loved one served in the Navy and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Asbestos exposure claims are placed against the companies that manufactured the asbestos-containing products that caused your injury, not the U.S. Navy or U.S. government. Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about filing an asbestos lawsuit.