Military Benefits

Salute To Veterans

On this Veterans Day weekend, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and best wishes to all veterans, past and present, for their service to our country. As a veteran myself, I know the sacrifice of both veterans and their families. I pay special tribute to those who were injured while on duty and those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. I know most don’t often talk about their service to the country, and I’m not sure many in our current culture even recognize the past and present price that has been paid for their freedom. Each year when my sons call me and say, “Thank you for your service Dad,” I know it was well worth it.

For all the veterans out there, here is a link to get information and/or questions answered about your benefits:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


I’m a bit more tan as I write this blog as I just returned from a great getaway to Florida. It’s interesting that I often hear Florida being joked about on television. You know, the comments such as, “God’s waiting room,” etc. Well, let me tell you, retired or not, there is simply something about the warm weather, blue skies, palm trees swaying in the breeze, great food, and laid back spirit that could relax the most tense among us. I caught myself sleeping in until 8:30 or 9:00, and that was with the benefit of a 3 hour time difference. While the summers are hot and humid, from November to April, Florida is really a paradise. If you’ve never been there, do yourself a favor and make the trip. You will love it.

Oh, and if you ever get to South Florida and the Jupiter/Hobe Sound area, when hungry I suggest you make your way to Dune Dogs, The Catfish House, and Harry and the Natives. If you would enjoy watching boats cruise the intercoastal while eating crab-dip nachos with a beverage, I suggest the Waterway Cafe. Just to be sure of my recommendations, I spent a lot of time in each establishment on my latest visit. You’re welcome.

Military Benefits

As we age, our mortality is not a favorite subject. The fact is, we can really make it much easier on those we leave behind if we do some planning. I have mentioned in a previous blog the wonderful planning forms in our book The Best of Our Lives. Not trying to sell you a book because the forms can be found free on our website I’m sure most of you have had the experience of dealing with the death of a loved one, and our complex society makes these situations increasingly more difficult. Be responsible and make your plans now, your loved ones will be forever grateful.

For those of you who have served in the military, remember, with anything other than a dishonorable discharge you are entitled to a cemetery plot and burial service. In this day and age, that will save your family a large amount of money. For those of you retired military, your family is also eligible for other monetary benefits.

A few years back, my mother was reading a newspaper article about a woman who had lost her husband on D-Day in World War II and discovered she was elegible for monthly benefits. One of my mother’s best friends had lost her first husband on that very day. She was also struggling financially. Mom called her immediately to tell her about the article she had read. Currently her friend is not only receiving monthly benefits, but she got a sizeable retroactive sum. If you need any information related to your veteran’s benefits, you can go to this website:

I am very proud of my military service (USAF) and feel very strongly about the men and woman who serve this country. If you are a veteran, check out your benefits and make it part of your planning. Be a responsible retiree.

CBS Evening New Story

Let me begin by thanking all the people who have called and written with wonderful comments about the CBS Evening News story on my late father Frank Parker. When you do any kind of a media interview, you never know how it will turn out. For the most part, CBS did a good job and the way they edited the photos and videos of my father were very touching. Of course, I would have preferred more than a fleeting shot of my wife and grandson, but that’s television. Understanding the pre-determined conclusion of their story, that Dodger fans were unhappy with ownership, I’m not pleased with the story’s last comment which paraphrased me as saying the only good thing about my dad’s passing was he did not have to watch what’s happened to his team. Let me be clear, although I was asked numerous questions that tried to get me to make such a comment, I did not. There was nothing “good” about my dad’s passing.