This weekend the U.S. Navy’s official birthday celebration gets underway and even a government shutdown and Capitol Hill’s political gridlock won’t dampen the planned festivities, which include a grand ball hosted by the Navy League in Washington, D.C.
The Navy Birthday honors all sailors who defend our nation on the high seas. It also highlights America’s naval history and heritage as well as the professionalism of the service. The theme for the 2013 celebration is Defending America with Pride Since 1775.
However, during all the festivities it is important to remember the many naval veterans who are battling mesothelioma, an aggressive and incurable cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Manufacturers frequently included asbestos in products that were used in the construction of Navy vessels. For example, asbestos was installed between steel plates and doors. It also was used to cover boilers, turbines, and pumps.
As a result, Navy vets have the highest incidence of asbestos-related disease. Symptoms of asbestos-related disease, such as shortness of breath and chest pain, may not appear until 20 to 50 years after the initial exposure. To learn more about asbestos and the Navy, take a look at our U.S. Navy Heroes at Risk infographic.
If you or a loved one served in the Navy and were later diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To learn more about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, contact Sokolove Law today. Mesothelioma claims are placed against the manufacturers of the asbestos-containing products that caused your injury, not the U.S. Navy or U.S. government.