Attorney Who Works With Veterans Urges Renewed Remembrance Of Americans Who Fell In Service To Their Nation

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NY lawyer Joseph W. Belluck says the real meaning of Memorial Day should be the focus in time of armed conflicts.

Joseph W. Belluck

At a time when Americans are fighting two armed conflicts, the meaning of Memorial Day should be stressed and appreciated anew.

Joseph W. Belluck, an attorney who works extensively with military veterans injured during their military service, said Americans should make a special effort during a time when so many soldiers are fighting overseas to remember those in U.S history who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Memorial Day marks the start of summer,” said Belluck, a partner in Belluck & Fox, LLP, a New York law firm. “But it’s also a time to remember those who gave their lives so that we might enjoy the freedom of this weekend. At a time when Americans are fighting two armed conflicts, the meaning of Memorial Day should be stressed and appreciated anew.”

Belluck & Fox, LLP represents many veterans who developed mesothelioma as a result of their exposure to asbestos in shipyards and other military facilities.

“In my work, I see the price many paid for service to their country,” Belluck said. “But Memorial Day is about the veterans who did not come home. Some of them were lost in wars long ago. Some were lost in the past year.”

Among foreign wars, World War II was the deadliest for the U.S. with 405,399 lives lost. The number of U.S. military personnel killed in the Korean War was 33,686 and in the Vietnam War 58,209. Current U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far have claimed 5,490 American lives.

Many veterans who returned home were subsequently lost to devastating diseases like mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos in the U.S. Navy and other branches of the military.

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is dedicated to American military men and women who have died in service to the U.S. Many cities and towns claim to have originated the day, but it was officially first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers at Arlington Cemetery.

The National Holiday Act of 1971 changed Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May. Some veterans think the change makes the day more of an occasion for leisure than remembrance and they advocate a return to holding the national holiday on the fixed date of May 30. In 1999, bills in Congress proposing the change failed to get out of committee.

About Belluck & Fox

Belluck & Fox, LLP is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims, as well as victims of crime, medical malpractice, motorcycle crashes, lead paint and other serious injuries. The firm provides personalized and professional representation and has won nearly $225 million in compensation for clients and their families.

Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and to Super Lawyers. On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year.

Partner Joseph W. Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and in Super Lawyers. Mr. Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco and lead paint, including a recent asbestos case that settled for more than $12 million.

For more information, contact the firm at 877-695-2909 or through the firm's website.

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