Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

The rating of yeoman is one of the oldest in the U.S. Navy, dating back to 1835. People who served in the military as yeomen were responsible for performing secretarial, administrative and clerical work, as well as operating modern office equipment such as word processing computers and copying machines and greeting visitors, answering phone calls and sorting mail. Their asbestos exposure was low, since they rarely handled dangerous products themselves. Instead, they would work in environments in which asbestos was present in considerable amounts.

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As a yeoman, one was in charge of typing, organizing files, writing business and social letters, directives, notices, forms, and reports, receiving office visits and handling telephone communications, managing protocol, naval instructions, and evaluations, maintaining records, publications and service records, counseling office workers on administrative matters, performing administrative support for shipboard legal proceedings and maintaining shipboard legal files. The rating of yeoman was one of the original chief petty officer ratings.

Other duties yeomen were responsible for included operating office equipment such as computers and fax machines and preparing briefs and other documentation. They would perform their work with little to no supervision. Since yeomen were surrounded by asbestos products in the offices they performed their duties in, asbestos exposure was low in this military personnel. However, as no amount of asbestos is safe for the human body, they are still at significant risk of developing a serious disease today.

Relevant job titles

  • administrative assistant
  • office manager
  • administrative supervisor
  • correspondence clerk
  • human resources assistant
  • file clerk


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.