Asbestos & Military Veterans

Part Three of a Four-Part Series on How People Develop Mesothelioma From Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace

This is a four-part series on asbestos in the workplace. Part I covers the basics of mesothelioma caused by asbestos in the workplace. Part II details the deadliest jobs on the planet that require working around asbestos exposure. Part III looks at our war vets and Navy men and women who were put in danger by asbestos in the line of duty. Part IV is all about how workers unknowingly brought asbestos home to their families from the workplace.

Meso Workplace

Asbestos was often used to build ships throughout most of the 20th century, and far too many men and women who fought for our country were exposed to dangerous asbestos particles either as shipbuilders or at sea as sailors in the Navy.

Between the years of 1930 and 1970, almost every ship commissioned by the United States Navy was packed with several tons of asbestos in the engine and fire rooms walls and doors as well as the piping and ship’s equipment.

We represented Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., a Navy veteran and the youngest Chief of Naval Operations in history who broke a lot of ground for making the Navy inclusive. Admiral Zumwalt, Jr., was exposed to asbestos during his time serving as the Commander of US Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV) from 1968 to 1970. Our mesothelioma attorneys represented Admiral Zumwalt, Jr., and his family in a mesothelioma lawsuit that helped him to continue doing the good he did for the Navy during his life.

While the rate of U.S. Navy asbestos exposure is highest, members of our other military branches were not spared exposures to asbestos, and the subsequent diagnosis of mesothelioma.

You may have encountered asbestos during your service if you:

  • Worked in or served in U.S. Navy ships or shipbuilding during 1930 to 1970.
  • Served in the U.S. Army and fulfilled duties including milling, pipefitting, shipyard work, mining, insulation work, carpentry, demolition of old building and construction, flooring and roofing installation.
  • In addition, U.S. Army barracks may have been built with asbestos until 1970. Past 1970, older barracks may have still contained asbestos.
  • Served in the U.S. Marine Corps and traveled on airplanes or armored vehicles or spent extended periods on ships.
  • Served on the U.S. Air Force near planes, radar stations and Air Force bases.

Our mesothelioma veterans’ lawyers are proud to represent our nation’s heroes against the companies that knowingly put them at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

If you or someone you know may have encountered asbestos while on the job, our mesothelioma lawyer can talk with you about your legal options. Please call a mesothelioma lawyer at 855-280-7664 or complete our contact form.