2014-02-14 / Columnists

Spotlight on Elderlaw

Tribute to the Greatest Generation
By Nancy J. Brady, RN, Esq.,


Walter E. Brady, 1924-2014 Walter E. Brady, 1924-2014 Every generation has extraordinary people that stand out from the others for one reason or another. The generation of Americans who were children during the Great Depression has been dubbed the “Greatest Generation” by journalist Tom Brokaw. This generation of Americans was extraordinary just by being themselves.

The men and women of this so-called “Greatest Generation” volunteered by the hundreds of thousands for military service. By the end of the war, there were 16 million veterans in this country. These men and women fought for their country, returned home to work hard for their families and future generations, and build the nation’s economy through their work ethic and productivity. They did it all because it was the right thing to do.

According to statistics kept by the National World War II Museum, since the year 2000 we have been losing veterans from the Greatest Generation at the rate of approximately one million per year, and as of this year, there are only about one million remaining. By the year 2036 it is estimated that there will be no living veterans of World War II remaining. As a law firm with an area of practice in elder-law, we are fortunate to have many members of this wonderful, “Greatest Generation” as our clients. As a “baby boomer” I am the child of parents from the “Greatest Generation” and I have, therefore, witnessed first-hand the strength of character, work ethic and patriotism possessed by the “Greatest Generation” as described by Mr. Brokaw.

Over the past several weeks, our firm has lost several members of this generation who were near and dear to us. All three gentlemen were veterans. Two of these gentlemen were our long time clients, one was my father. All three died at home, surrounded by their spouses and loved ones. In each case, these gentlemen died as they had lived, quietly, and with dignity. I consider myself lucky to have known them. Nancy J. Brady is a partner in the law firm Brady & Marshak, LLP. The attorneys can be reached at 1-718-738- 8500.

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