My Uncle Tom, A True World War II Hero!

Believe it or not, for much of the 20th century, asbestos was as normal in the United States military as red, white and blue. Asbestos was everywhere to be found in the military due to its ability to insulate and fireproof! The men and women whose job it was to protect our country viewed asbestos as a vital ingredient to help safeguard them. Asbestos was prevalent in all branches of services and was everywhere by design as mandated from the top.

Today, asbestos is another story, a sad story, a story of illness, disabilities and sometimes, even death! Many of our Veterans who risked their lives for our freedom are forced to cope with life-changing illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestos-caused lung cancer and asbestosis. Often times the life expectancy of the disease is short compared to that of other cancers and quite frequently patients are not diagnosed properly until the disease is in its late stages.

I recently visited with my Uncle Tom, a World War II Veteran who is unfortunately ailing from mesothelioma. He told me about Weitz & Luxenberg, a law firm which has become a household name due to their television commercials regarding asbestos. Uncle Tom informed me that they are the top asbestos lawyers in the country and he is so grateful to have found them. Although Uncle Tom, is quite ill, he was pleased to tell me that for the first time in months, he feels hopeful, not only that he will get the medical treatment he needs but also because he was compensated monetarily. He said Weitz & Luxenberg held his hand from the minute he walked into their offices. They guided him to Asbestos Veteran an organization that matched him with a veteran advocate who advised him every step of the way.

I am so happy Uncle Tom’s questions and needs are being handled by competent, trustworthy people. I hope other veterans are as fortunate as my dear Uncle Tom and find their way to Weitz & Luxenberg!

“I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July”

God Bless America, God Bless Our Veterans and God Bless The Home of the Brave!

Don’t Miss Lady Liberty!

I heard on the news that the Statue of Liberty will reopen on July 4th, 2013 after it was closed in October 2012. Liberty Island suffered significant infrastructure damage from Hurricane Sandy which rocked the east coast.

Did you know that Lady Liberty officially celebrated her 100th birthday in 1986? The Statue was given to the United States by France in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Lady Liberty’s symbolism has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as international friendship.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island embraces one of this nation’s most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern, and eastern Europeans into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains, that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. The Island served these immigrants as the gateway to the realization of their hopes and dreams of a new life in America.

My maternal grandfather passed through Ellis Island way back in the early 1900s and I think his name may even be engraved on the walls. I plan on visiting this summer with all of my family to pay tribute to all who passed through and will continue to pass through to live in the great United States of America, the land of freedom and opportunity. As a tribute to Lady Liberty, I discovered 4th of July Military Gifts for friends of mine in the military to show my appreciation for all they do for our Country and other countries throughout the world. I bought a bunch of USA Flags and USA Home of the Brave Caps. Be sure to visit my blog for pictures of the group. It is going to be a glorious celebration!

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The Statue of Liberty Ellis Island, Symbol of Freedom & Opportunity!