Veterans Day tomorrow and we would like to salute all of those who have served in our Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. We are safe and free because of your sacrifices.

Our World War II veterans are leaving us pretty quickly nowadays, some of them from asbestos-related illness, especially mesothelioma–the cancer caused by asbestos exposure. And especially those who were in the Navy.

The Navy was aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure as early as 1939 when the Surgeon General of the Navy discussed the “Hazards of Asbestosis” in his annual report.

Navy ships were being built “loaded with asbestos from bow to stern” until the early 1970’s, but those built earlier were till in service for many years after that, causing disease that would not be discovered until years or decades later, often having reached an advance–and basically untreatable–stage.

We appreciate the service of our veterans of yesterday and today. Thank you. For more information about asbestos use in the U.S. Navy, here is a link to Mesothelioma & Navy Veterans at Asbestos.com.

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