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THE MEANING OF FLAG DAY

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The Stars and Stripes, Flag of the United States of America! The world-wide hope of all who, under God, would be free to live and do His will.

Upon its fold is written the story of America – the epic of the mightiest and noblest in all history.

To what man or woman is given words adequate to tell the story of the building of this nation? That immortal story is written in blood and sweat, in heroic deeds and unremitting toil, in clearing the primeval forests and in planting of vast prairies where once the coyote and buffalo roamed. Onward swept the nation, spanning wide rivers, leaping vast mountain ranges, leaving in its path villages and farms, factories and cities, till at last this giant nation stood astride the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

This is the heritage of the people of the United States. It has been repurchased by each succeeding generation and must be rewon again, again and again until the end of time, lest it too shall pass like the ancient Empires of Greece and Rome.

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” What was won at Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill had to be repurchased at Ticonderoga and Yorktown.

What John Paul Jones achieved upon the high seas in the War of Independence had to be repurchased by Commodore Perry on Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

The prestige of Admiral Dewey's victory at Manilla Bay in 1898 was rewon by the naval battles in the seas about the far-distant islands of the Pacific, after the sneak attacks upon Peal Harbor and Manila in 1941 had summoned our country to assume its role in World War II.

What our troops achieved under the Stars and Stripes at Chateau-Thierry and Flanders in World War I, their sons were required to repurchase in World War II in the bloody trek across northern Africa, on the beachheads of Europe and in the Battle of the Bulge.

The Flag our American men raised at Iwo Jima was the same Flag later raised in the defense of Inchon, Pusan and Pork Chop Hill in far-off Korea. Then another generation under the same Flag bled to stem the threat of communism in far-off Vietnam.

Our young people were again called to carry our Flag in the defense of a free world in the actions in Grenada and Panama. Willingly, our brave men and women carried our Flag and the honor of the American people into battle in Operation Desert Storm.

And who among us will ever forget the sight of firefighters raising our Flag over the ruins of the World Trade Center, the military personnel draping our Flag on the side of the Pentagon, or the citizens of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, placing our Flag near the site where brave Americans died fighting the hijackers of Flight No. 93? No other symbol could have offered such comfort, as we still, today, endure the horrors of that day.

Today, American Armed Forces carry our Flag in the villages of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan and the jungles of the Philippines and where ever terrorism may reside. Their struggle against the sponsors of terrorism is the hardest battle yet, and this threat to our Nation, and to our way of life, is certainly as great a challenge as our Flags has ever seen.

The resurgence of patriotism since September 11, 2001, has rekindled respect for our Flag. Today, we see the Star Spangled Banner wherever we turn, on homes, businesses, automobiles and billboards. Such displays stimulate our love for our Nation and for what it stands; they remind us of the sacrifices being made by the men and women of our Armed Forces around the world; and, they are a tribute to the heroes of the Police and Fire Departments the Nation over.

The greatest significance of this Flag, however, lies in the influence it has in the hearts and minds of millions of people. It has waived over the unparalleled progress of a nation in developing democratic institutions, scientific and technological knowledge, education and culture. It has served as a beacon for millions of poor and oppressed refugees abroad and stands as a promise that the under-privileged will not be forgotten.

What is the meaning of the Flag of the United States? There can never be a definitive answer to that question. There are people in this world who see it as a symbol of imperialism; others see it as a destiny of the people. But reference to these and similar views of the Flag was resolved by Woodrow Wilson when he said: “This Flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thoughts and shape of this nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours.”

Only love, true love of our fellow man, can create peace. The emblem and token of that love is the Stars and Stripes, the symbol of the American way of life.

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Ritual for Flag Day.

D-Day plus 70 years

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By Attorney Ted Brown

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Known as “D-Day” it marked the beginning of the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II. The invasion remains the single largest military operation in the history of the world and was undertaken not for the purpose of conquest but rather to liberate an entire continent from the oppression and terror of Nazi control. The message “Ike” shared with his forces the night before the invasion says it best:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

-General Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 5th 1944

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Why Does the VA Sometime Require A Fiduciary and What Does This Mean?

By Steve Wright

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 1.45.30 PMWhenever the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approves a claim for pension benefits, they send a letter called an award letter. Occasionally, in this letter, the VA will also propose to appoint a fiduciary for the pension funds. This usually occurs when medical evidence submitted with the application indicates or suggest that the applicant has some form of diminished mental capacity.

But, what exactly is a fiduciary? A fiduciary is someone the VA appoints to receive and use the VA pension funds on your behalf. The VA will give you the opportunity to choose who this person will be. You can even choose to appoint your spouse. However, the VA does not make it very clear to you that you may choose who this person will be, and if you do not indicate your wishes to the VA in a reasonable time, than the VA will appoint a third-party as your fiduciary. Usually this third party is a person employed by the VA.

If a third party is appointed, then you could face hardships such as unreasonable delays in receiving your much needed pension funds. That is why in all matters relating to your VA claim and overall estate plan, it is critical that you seek professional help before you unknowingly give up a valuable right.

The attorneys at Cooper, Adel & Associates are VA accredited attorneys who believe in helping Ohio's veterans navigate through the complex and difficult VA process. We invite you to call our office for your free consultation.

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.
The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement. If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

The History of Memorial Day

By Attorney Ted Brown

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 10.22.34 AMToday Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season and a long weekend to relax or travel with friends and family. However, as you are enjoying your family road trip or backyard cook-out, I urge you to take a moment to remember the original meaning of Memorial Day.

Originally known as “Decoration Day”, the first observance was held on May 5, 1868 to honor the hundreds of thousand of soldiers who fought and died to preserve the Union. The holiday was first established the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans, to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. The month of May was chosen since flowers were in bloom across the country and would remain for the remainder of the summer.

Decoration Day was became known as Memorial Day in 1882 but was not made an official government holiday until 1967. In 1968, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May, creating the three-day weekend we know today.

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is working to get our veterans the VA benefits they rightfully deserve.  

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
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Interesting Times at Cooper & Adel

By Angela Hall

In my seven years of working for Cooper, Adel and Associates, I have met a variety of interesting people. I have been given the opportunity to meet and work with clients who have led very interesting lives – from the woman who was attacked by a dolphin, to the couple who travelled Ohio selling homemade ice cream. The thing I enjoy most about my job is getting to know my clients beyond the business part of what we do here. It's always a learning experience for me as well.

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 11.01.49 AMI recently met with a gentleman who had a long military career. He started out in the army during World War Two and was part of the newly formed Air Corps and flew fighter plans during the war. After WWII, he spent the rest of his career flying jets during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This year he turns 92 years old and has no plans of entering a nursing home. He is still actively involved in a fraternal organization that raises money for children's charities. He also enjoys spending the holidays with his daughter and granddaughter. But, he still realizes that his desire to spend his last days at home with his family instead of a nursing home may not be possible. I was able to explain to Thom's recommendation for him about veterans benefits that he may qualify for to help assist him if he were to need funds to help pay for care.

Contact Cooper, Adel and Associates to learn more about the veteran benefits that may be available to you or your loved ones.  

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
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The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement. If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

Are Veteran’s Benefits Available To Those Who Served But Not In a Combat Zone?

JM Megail Gaumer

The answer is YES!

Few veterans take advantage of the Veteran's Administration Aid & Attendance Benefit, often referred to as A&A benefits. This program can provide benefits to the Veteran or their surviving spouse of up to $2,085 per month to pay for expenses such as, long-term care, assisted living or even in home care.

To qualify the veteran did not have to serve in a combat zone rather, serve a minimum of 90 days of active duty with one day being during one of the following wartime windows:

  • World War II: December 7th, 1941, through December 31st, 1946

  • Korean War: June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955

  • Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961, for veterans who served "in country" before August 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975

  • Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by Presidential Proclamation or Law.

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 1.53.55 PMThe second requirement for qualification is the veteran or their surviving spouse must have a medical need for the “aid and attendance” of another. The veteran's family doctor can make that determination, it does not have to be made by a Veteran's Administration doctor. Further, the program is not limited to wounded veterans.

The third requirement is based on financial need, income and assets. That is not to say that if the veteran has too much income or assets they will be disqualified. Medical expenses play a part in the determination. For example if the veteran has recurring expenses like in-home care costs, that will reduce the amount of income that is counted.

A&A benefits are just one of many benefits that may be available to help cover the costs of long term care. The problem is that what you do to qualify for one program, could disqualify you from other programs you might need down the road. We can help. Contact us today to scheduled a complimentary consultation for advise on benefits available to you like A&A.

 

 

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
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The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement. If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

VA Benefits for Desert Storm Veterans

by Attorney Ted Brown

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 9.11.00 AMThis week will mark the 23rd anniversary of the beginning of Operation Desert Storm on January 17, 1991. This marked the beginning of the Persian Gulf War and the subsequent liberation of Kuwait by coalition forces. Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait in August of 1990 sparking global outrage. The United States, together with over 30 other nations, formed a multinational coalition to free Kuwait from Iraqi control.

Operation Desert Storm began with one of the most vigorous air campaigns in military history, spanning nearly 5 weeks of 24 hour-a-day operations including air-to-air dogfights with Iraqi aircraft and strategic and systematic strikes against Iraqi command and control sites on the ground. The air campaign was the first to use many of the state of the art precision guided weapons, stealth aircraft and other modern military technology still in use today. The air war was followed by the now famous “100-hour” ground invasion driving the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and entirely defeating what was then the 4th largest army in the world in just under 4 days. Offensive operations in the Persian Gulf concluded on February 28th, 1991.

Over 650,000 Americans served in the Persian Gulf War and the VA offers many benefits for those who served. Many Gulf War veterans are not aware of these benefits which include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. (Click on any of these links for information directly from the VA website)

Additionally, there are a variety of illnesses and conditions that are linked to service in the Persian Gulf that can entitle veterans to special pension benefits.

See the link below for more details:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-gulfwar.asp

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.
The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement. If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

Qualifying for Veterans Benefits

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Attorney Mitch Adel was a guest on Fox 28 recently to talk about veterans benefits and how to qualify. For even more information on the qualifications, be sure to check out our veterans benefits page

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.
The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement. If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

Remembering our Cold War Veterans

By Attorney Ted Brown

Cold war veteransAs we celebrate Veteran's Day 2013, it is important that we take a moment to remember the men and women who defended our nation from the nearly 50 year struggle known as the Cold War. Stretching from the end of World War II in 1945 until 1992, simply stated, the Cold War was the global ideological struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union.

This struggle took many forms and existed on many fronts, including division of Berlin, the Space Race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and global nuclear arms proliferation as well as the the so called “hot” conflicts of Korea and Vietnam.

The “soldiers” of the Cold War included not only traditional armed forces but also tens of thousands of unconventional military personnel tasked with maintaining a constant state of readiness including high-altitude aircrews, deep-sea submarine crews and land-based missile bases on alert 24 hours a day, as well as civilian personnel engaging in espionage, surveillance and clandestine missions, intercepting communications, other critical tasks.

One of these Cold War veterans was my Grandfather who served in the Air Force's Strategic Air Command. His squadron routinely flew 12 to 18 hour missions on fully armed B-47's and B-52's high over the Arctic Circle ready to attack strategic locations in Russia at a moment's notice.

He later commanded a nuclear missile base and supervised the routine drills to pressurize and fuel the missiles with highly-volatile liquid oxygen. In the event of war, this needed to be done in a matter of seconds and constant practice was required.

My Grandfather was one of many who served during this period who often go unrecognized for the perils and the unwavering stress they experienced while both preparing for and defending us from the constant threat of nuclear war.  

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.
The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement. If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

Veterans Day, 2013

By Attorney Dan Vu

 

Veterans Day For over 20 years, it has been our privilege to serve those who have served our country. With the clients we meet every day, we are reminded that many veterans and their widows who deserve benefits do not even know they are available. Instead, they struggle with red tape and delays as they try to work their way through the process of applying for benefits. That is why we are proud to work with veterans and their families to help them navigate through the VA benefits process and make sure that the steps they take to secure veterans benefits do not hurt their chances to obtain other government benefits.

 

We, at Cooper, Adel & Associates, will take a moment of silence on this Veterans Day to honor our veterans. We hope you will too.

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DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.
The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement. If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.



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