Supporting Veterans and the Families of Fallen Soldiers This Memorial Day and Throughout the Year

Veterans lay their hands upon a folded American flag

May 27 marks the 54th official Memorial Day since Congress designated the last Monday of May a national observance in 1971. Memorialization and decoration services date as far back as 1868, during the American Civil War.

Memorial Day is woven into the fabric of U.S. history, and the holiday's importance can't be overlooked.

Amidst parades, backyard barbecues, and time with loved ones, it’s important for Americans to reflect on the sacrifices millions of soldiers have made to uphold the freedoms and liberties that define America.

Since the dawn of the Revolutionary War, more than 1.2 million American soldiers of all different backgrounds have given their lives in service to our country and its ideals.

This Memorial Day, we pause to honor and remember these brave men and women in uniform, support their families and loved ones, and vow to pay their sacrifices forward.

Protecting and Serving Fallen Soldiers and Veterans Is Our Duty

It takes a truly special and selfless individual to join the military and put their life on the line to protect their fellow citizens. In the course of U.S. history, millions of brave Americans have answered this call.

It’s important to not only remember the sacrifices made by these individual soldiers, but to step up and support soldiers when they leave active duty and return to civilian life.

Each year, around 200,000 American soldiers retire from service and become veterans. Unfortunately, many of these veterans face an often overwhelming amount of difficulties upon leaving the military.

Around 33% of veterans suffer from mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 53% of veterans experience chronic physical health issues from their time in the military, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Physical service-related health conditions can include:

  • Brain and head trauma from injuries sustained during military service
  • Diseases caused by exposure to carcinogenic substances like arsenic and asbestos
  • Illnesses from the toxic water at Camp Lejeune
  • Long-term health problems caused by military burn pits
  • Tinnitus and hearing loss due to exposure to loud explosions/noises
  • Wounds caused by shrapnel or gunshots

Each year, the VA Central Cancer Registry records around 50,000 new cases of cancer among U.S. veterans. Compared to the general U.S. population, veterans are 20-40% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Mesothelioma — a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos — and illnesses linked to the water at Camp Lejeune are two such examples of how these diseases disproportionately impact veterans.

At Sokolove Law, we proudly support veterans and their families by getting them the help they need following a service-related illness. Contact us today to learn more about legal options and health care resources for veterans.

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Help for Veterans with Mesothelioma

Approximately 33% of all mesothelioma cases involve U.S. veterans.

For much of the 20th century, nearly every U.S. Navy ship contained asbestos in some capacity. As a result, U.S. Navy veterans have a particularly high risk of developing mesothelioma.

Compensation for medical care and more is available for veterans with asbestos-related diseases from service or their work once home.

Mesothelioma compensation options may include:

At Sokolove Law, our VA-accredited mesothelioma attorneys fight to maximize the amount of money veterans with mesothelioma are able to receive by pursuing compensation from each option you qualify for.

Learn more about your legal options now for free. Call (800) 995-1212.

Toxic Water Exposure at Camp Lejeune

Veterans and their family members who were at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may have developed serious illnesses from exposure to contaminated water on base.

Thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, veterans diagnosed with service-related health issues may be able to pursue compensation from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if they spent more than 30 days on base when the water was contaminated.

Camp Lejeune health conditions related to water contamination may include:

Family members may also be able to file a Camp Lejeune wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of loved ones who may have died as a result of an illness linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

Filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit does not impact your existing VA benefits in any way. Veterans and their families can continue to receive their current VA benefits in addition to financial compensation from a Camp Lejeune settlement.

While the deadline to file is in August 2024, Camp Lejeune attorneys need time to collect vital evidence before we're able to file your claim, making it even more crucial to contact us as soon as possible.

Sokolove Law: Committed to Supporting Veterans for Over 45 Years

On special occasions like Memorial Day, it’s important for all U.S. citizens to take time to reflect on the freedoms we hold dear.

For the vast majority of Americans who aren't soldiers or veterans, simply expressing gratitude for the sacrifices soldiers make when they sign up for duty is one small gesture that can have a major impact.

For more than 45 years, Sokolove Law has proudly supported veterans in getting the help they need after being diagnosed with service-related illnesses like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

To date, we’ve secured over $9.4 Billion for our clients nationwide.

If you are a veteran who developed an illness you believe to be a result of your service in the U.S. Armed Forces, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us today.

We are here to listen to your story and help you explore all of the options available to you. Get started today with a free case review.

Sokolove Law Team

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Last modified: May 24, 2024

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