On December 7th, 2011, Pearl Harbor Survivor and Navy Veteran, Frank Curre, passed away exactly 70 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Curre, who had shared his harrowing experience with others, not only suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) type symptoms, but suffered from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer most often linked to asbestos exposure, a type of exposure which was common for Navy veterans before regulations on the use of asbestos were established. Today, many Navy Veterans who served during the Vietnam War are the faces of mesothelioma victims.
The most famous case of driving while intoxicated, or DWI, occurred so far in the past that most of today’s gen X’ers (not to mention gens Y and Z) have never heard of it. For the Boomers and their peer groups, however, it stands as a beacon of what not to do when driving drunk with a passenger when the vehicle leaves the road.
The case is known as the Chappaquiddick Incident, and involves now-deceased Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy, former President John Kennedy’s youngest brother and a charismatic politician in his own right.
If you’ve ever watched an episode of Jerry Springer or People’s Court, you might find yourself shaking your head and thinking, “I can’t believe they are suing over that!” It seems that in many personal injury lawsuits, a “personal injury” is loosely defined and filed by plaintiffs who put themselves in dangerous situations or made a bad choice. Instead of admitting to wrongdoing, plaintiffs file lawsuits for situations that many would call “ridiculous”. Personal lawsuits are meant to help injured individuals seek compensation for financial, physical and emotional losses related to the incident. Some injured individuals feel their personal injury lawsuit is legitimate while others are just trying to make money. It’s amazing what some people will do to try to make a buck!
Congratulations! You made it through Navy Boot Camp. Are you prepared for an exciting life at sea? During your training you may have learned a bit about asbestos exposure and the potential health dangers it has on Navy veterans. A high percentage of asbestos exposure took place on navy vessels prior to the 1970s, leaving many veterans with asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, a cancer that may take 10 – 45 years before the first signs. Some of those vessels have been retired to the shipyards, while others are still in use. As a seaman, it’s important that you have asbestos awareness and that you know how to protect yourself and others from unnecessary asbestos exposure.
Has the ocean been calling your name? Have you always felt called to serve your country and stand up to protect your family? If you are considering joining the Navy, or any other branch, then it is imperative that you understand what you are signing up for.
Enlisting as a Seaman can be the start of an exciting and character building adventure. Although many items mentioned here could be applied to those preparing for other branches of services, the Navy has certain unique differences that can’t be found anywhere else. Becoming a Seaman means living at sea, usually aboard a navy vessel or submarine. Unlike other newly enlisted men and women, seamen will go through boot camp training at the only naval boot camp base, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Because all training will be done indoors, in order to prepare seamen for conditions on a navy vessel, it’s important to be prepared for a life with limitations to the outside world. Get your sea legs ready and prepare yourself with a Navy checklist.
As many baby boomers enter their golden years, it becomes imperative to have their finances in order. Much like the preparation for life after college, it is now time to prepare for life after retirement. Social Security is a type of social insurance meant to protect citizens from succumbing to financial troubles from unemployment or underemployment due to age, disability, and other special circumstances.
While there remains an ongoing stereotype that seniors no nothing about computers and have very little understanding of how to do anything online, the truth is that large numbers of American seniors work, socialize, and get information online just like younger Americans.
As with most things in life, the Internet serves as a blessing and a curse. It’s a great way for seniors to meet, talk, share ideas, and maybe even get involved in a fantasy football league or two. But the Internet also serves as a tool for people to create a range of scams and frauds targeted directly at seniors.
Those who serve in the military deal with challenges, risks, dangers, and a level of commitment that most of us can never fully understand. They are on the front-line of defense risking their lives, possible future post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and much more in an effort to give us the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy each and every day. Unfortunately for many former military personnel, returning to civilian life offers an entirely new set of obstacles. While healthcare for former military personnel remains a major topic in Washington DC, and across the country, the fact that many who have served are struggling to find jobs once they leave the military has remained a woefully overlooked issue.
November 6, 2012 marked the date of an extremely controversial and shocking election on both federal and state levels. One nationally dividing issue actually came from a state election in Washington and Colorado, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
What makes this issue so interesting is that non-users of this drug are coming to the support of this act. Many citizens, law enforcement professionals, and politicians are coming to the defense of the legalization of cannabis as a part of the efforts to limit the power of the federal government. As a part of this movement, people believe that the Feds have far too much power over the state and individuals.