After serving your country in the Navy, you have returned to homeport and to civilian life. Yet you will always be a Navy veteran. And if your years of Navy service left you with a disability or chronic health problem, you deserve the benefits and medical care offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But gaining access to benefits can be slow and frustrating without the assistance of a Navy veterans’ disability lawyer. Our attorneys can help make this process easier, regardless of whether you are filing for the first time or filing an appeal.
Several types of compensation are available to Navy veterans, as they are at higher risk of developing certain kinds of respiratory-related diseases because of asbestos, toxic fumes, and vapors common on Navy ships and in shipyards.
Certain Navy occupations, such as hull maintenance technicians, utilities men, and boatswain’s mates increase the risk of exposure to hazardous materials. As one example, deck grinders who served on aircraft carriers from the 1970s through the 1990s may have an undiagnosed occupational lung disease, sarcoidosis, from grinding anti-skid material on the decks of aircraft carriers.
Vietnam-era Navy vets who served on ships and vessels including landing craft, swift boats, patrol boats, and destroyers that conducted operations on inland waterways, brown water rivers, and delta areas in Vietnam may be presumed to have exposure to Agent Orange and herbicides. And Navy construction workers (Seabees) who served in the Gulf War report higher incidences of multi-symptom illness.
To schedule a consultation about VA benefits, call a Navy veterans’ disability lawyer at our firm or use our online contact form.