On this Veteran’s Day, let’s not take our vets for granted
As citizens of the United States of America, we’ve become accustomed to the good life and often take our country’s services for granted, including our armed forces and the men and women who defend our country.
I commend our veterans for their service and recognize a great organization that stands up for them daily: The Veterans Pro Bono Legal Project, a partnership between United Way of Broward County’s Mission United and Legal Aid Service of Broward County.
The project efficiently connects veterans with attorneys in a vet’s area of need, from family law and consumer issues to VA benefits to business transactions. All of these services are 100 percent free to veterans.
As a bankruptcy attorney, I’m particularly troubled by a trend I’m seeing of elderly vets facing crushing debt and overwhelming stress as a result.
I recently filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for a 94-year old who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps during World War II. She survives on Social Security with no assets or family support and had amassed significant credit card debt. I was able to stop the harassing calls from creditors, which were causing her terrible distress. I expect that as the case moves forward, her debt will be discharged.
In another case, a 92-year old World War II veteran who also was surviving alone on Social Security, got behind on his car payments. I filed Chapter 13 for him, which enabled him to keep his car and remain independent.
It is my obligation to use my expertise to serve veterans, particularly elderly veterans. I encourage everyone in our community to step up and help when and where they can. We should stand together to help and support our veterans, instead of taking their service for granted.
– Chad Van Horn, founder, managing partner, Van Horn Law Group,
On Nov. 11, 1918, my mother gave birth to her first child in Boston, Massachusetts. From her hospital room, she heard loud shouting and cheering from the streets, marking the end of World War I. She named her son Victory Peace Silverman and, throughout his entire 88 years, he was known as Victor P. Silverman.
At the beginning of
World War II, Victor joined the U.S. Army and, as a top first sergeant, served in North Africa and Italy. His younger brother, Arthur, was in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in England. Sadly he was killed in an air mission over Germany. Victor could have come home as the surviving son, but he felt his duty was to serve his country.
By the end of the war, Victor’s parents and two sisters had moved from Boston to Miami Beach, where they owned the Frederick Hotel. His return was a momentous occasion, knowing he was coming home, but never certain when.
Then, on a particular evening, a call came through the switchboard. Victor was at the Miami train station. The folks happened to be out at the time, so our desk clerk gave him instructions on how to arrive, and then proceeded to activate all the neon lights in front of the hotel.
When the folks returned, Daddy questioned why so many expensive lights were all on. The clerk replied, “The lights are on again all over the world,” to which Mommy said, “Victor is home,” and then fainted!
This was a scene that will be etched in my heart forever. – Phyllis Green, – Aventura
LOOKING TO 2020
After the election, I feel that the glass is half full. Yes, the Democrats did some good things and had some wins, but having the House just won’t stop the Trump express train roaring through America.
Let’s thank all the women and vets and newcomers who got off the couch and ran for office. And let’s salute Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams for running flawless campaigns (no PAC money, inclusiveness, agenda for working people) in deeply red states.
At least now, Texas, Florida and Georgia may become purple states.
The bad news is that Republicans lied to voters about healthcare and their opponents, but triumphed through voter suppression. Trump abandoned his job as president to barnstorm the country and spread lies, hatred and racism. And now they will think this is the winning formula.
It will be a long slog turning this country around. Many of us are tired of the cheating and lying and making it difficult to vote. So, now on to 2020!
– Kitty A. Roedel,
Gov. Scott seems confused about vote fraud. Counting every vote, even if it takes time, is not vote fraud. Elected officials, such as governors, should know that is the responsibility of Boards of Elections.
The residents of Florida know every vote must be counted.
– Deborah L Scotello,
In Weston, one can smell the stench of political corruption in the air. And the foul winds are blowing from the Office of the Supervisor of Elections.
This is not Brenda
Snipes’ first rodeo; she already has quite a bit of mud on her from her office’s prior shows of bad faith, gaffes, mistakes or worse. Whether she is a Machiavellian player for the Democrats or just a hapless incompetent, I cannot say. Let the investigators and the courts get to the bottom of that.
Snipes should resign after the results of this mid-term election are made official. Astute observers realize that irreparable damage — to the candidates, to the election and to the electorate — has already been callously and cruelly inflicted.
No matter who ends up winning the contested races, half the voters in Broward and, indeed, the state, will conclude that there has been chicanery, fraud and, perhaps, criminal conduct. In the future, this important post should be appointed or the ballot entry should be non-party affiliated. – Ira Cohen,
Florida’s past history and the word “recount” do not exactly instill confidence in Democrats. Yet, Republicans Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are already screaming foul, attacking by using words like “unethical liberals,” and suing.
Their lack of confidence in their ability to secure votes has them channeling their inner Trump. They need to sit down, breathe and let democracy take its course. – Helene Davis,
Sen. Marco Rubio has surfaced from the depths of Doral and Venezuelan politics to now weigh in on the Trump and Rick Scott conspiracy theory of voting fraud in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Rubio’s involvement and comments now, as votes are still being counted, is typical for a man so full of himself that he still thinks he will one day be president of the United States. He has a better chance of becoming president of Venezuela.
– Harvey Slavin, Hallandale Beach
Doug Mayer’s Nov. 8 letter, “Game changer?” opines that 1.5 million exfelons will enable Democrats to win elections in Florida.
In counterpoint, I submit that Republicans have succeeded to elect numerous candidates under indictment, like Congressmen Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York this year.
I suppose it’s preparation for 2020, after the Mueller indictments of Donald Trump are revealed.
– James L. Wilson,
Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, responding to President Trump’s tweet that the Florida recounts are “an embarrassment to our country and democracy.”
WHERE TO RUN?
I am a Holocaust survivor personally familiar with history. President Trump and his cronies are more and more reminding me of Hitler and the Stalin-style purges of anyone not obedient.
America has a lot to worry about because, like it was during those historic times, who among the Republican leaders is even trying to rein in this egomaniac, Trump, who appears bent on destroying the America we know?
Is it time for me to again pack my bags?
– Gunther Karger,
BUT ... MEDICARE!
It’s interesting that Gov. Rick Scott, who once cheated millions out of Medicare, is now saying there is “rampant fraud” in Florida’s Senate recount.
If anyone knows about rampant fraud, it’s Rick Scott. – Glenn Huberman,
Can you imagine what the election season (three years of it?) would have been like if every speech and print ad were factchecked before the speeches were spoken and the print ads printed?
Utter silence and blank pages.
– Jim Barteld, Pompano Beach