SF Fleet Week: Remembering Asbestos Use in the Military

by | Oct 7, 2016 | Veterans' News |

If you are currently visiting San Francisco, you might be in the city specifically to join in the Fleet Week celebrations! Fleet Week occurs from October 3rd – 10th in 2016.

planes flying in San Francisco

According to the Fleet Week SF website, “Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance personnel.” While different Fleet Weeks exist around the country, San Francisco’s celebration is the largest and most significant event of its kind. It was started by Mayor Diane Feinstein in 1981 and has been a huge event for the city ever since.

One of the most popular events during the week is the Air Show. People get to see the US Navy Blue Angels and other aircraft fly above the bay. Bystanders also see aircraft carriers sailing under the city’s iconic bridges.

We love celebrating during Fleet Week, but we also remember all of the asbestos used in the Armed Forces throughout the years. Military personnel, at sea and in the air, still face exposure to asbestos during their time of service. It has been estimated that Military veterans make up 1/3 of mesothelioma deaths in the United States (Military.com).

Military veterans are at risk for asbestos-related diseases due to exposure on bases, in aircraft and ships, and other places. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, do not hesitate to contact us today.