Law Office of William F. Underwood - November 2019

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Fighting to Live THE COMPLEXITIES OF SERVING YOUR COUNTRY

My dad chose the wrong time to flunk out of college.

order for the strikes that his fellow servicemen would fire into the combat zone. It was a dangerous job; soldiers in this position were heavily targeted. His worst nightmare was about to become reality, and to this day, I can’t imagine what must have been running through his mind.

Just as the Vietnam War draft was beginning in 1969, my dad flunked out of the University of Georgia. He received his draft notice in the mail shortly after because he was no longer protected from service. Panicked, my father struck a deal with a local recruiter, in which he agreed to join the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) while finishing the last few semesters he had left at the University of Georgia. After he graduated, he would enlist as a lieutenant. Now, my father wasn’t unfamiliar with military service. His father and uncle had both served in World War II, and his uncle also served in World War I. He even started college at a military school. My dad understood what it took to be in the military, and he wasn’t unfamiliar with the sacrifice. It just wasn’t the life he wanted for himself, and he struck this deal thinking what many people thought at the time: There’s no way Vietnam could last that long.

But there was some luck on my dad’s side.

Throughout the war, my dad was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where he trained while the last years of the war waged on. I know he was thankful to have never seen any combat during his active and reserve duties, but I also know that among his fears and worries, he gleaned a few lessons. He always had respect for the chain of command, and his discipline carried him far in the courtroom and in building his practice. When I was in college at Ole Miss, I told him I was going to enroll in the National Guard. This was right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks had ravaged our country, and I felt compelled to serve. I had even considered working in the legal arena within the military because this gave law students direct access to practicing in a real courtroom. But my dad didn’t want me to take that plunge into the military. The years he spent doing all he could to avoid combat, and seeing soldiers return from Vietnam, left him with a more realistic understanding of what combat entails.

Instead, the war was just getting cranked up.

As promised, my father enlisted in the Army and requested an artillery division to hopefully avoid combat. However, the Army assigned my dad to the artillery division as an foreign observer, which was the one position in his division that was assigned to an infantry unit. His role would be to call up an

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Thanksgiving is an excellent time to teach children about gratefulness. By planning some fun, gratitude-themed games, you can impart a valuable lesson and spend some quality family time together. Get your kids in the holiday spirit by adding a Thanksgiving twist to these classic games. WITH THESE GRATITUDE- THEMED GAMES ENGAGE YOUR KIDS ON THANKSGIVING

paper and put it in a bowl. Then, at the dinner table, have each person draw a random slip and read what it says without saying the name while everyone else tries to guess who wrote it. While Pictionary may get your kids talking about what they are thankful for, Guess Who? will tune them into what others around them are thankful for too.

Pictionary

Pick-Up Sticks

Want to bring out your kids’ creative sides? Pictionary is the perfect way to encourage artistic expression and grateful thinking. Try adding a rule where players have to draw something they’re grateful for. This will get your kids thinking beyond turkey and stuffing and give them an imaginative way to express their gratitude. Plus, who doesn’t love a good art contest?

Like regular pick-up sticks, the goal is to remove a stick from a haphazard pile without disturbing the others. However, by using colored sticks that represent different kinds of thankfulness — such as places, people, or food — you can make players think outside the box. This will ensure you get a wide range of creative, thoughtful answers whenever the kids pick up a stick. These modified games are great for helping your kids realize how much they have to be thankful for. Use these to spend some fun, educational, quality time with your family this Thanksgiving. yourself on the dangers and techniques of frying a turkey. Deadly burns and house fires are common because of improper fryer education and training. Baby’s First Turkey Thanksgiving is the best holiday for passing down traditions and family recipes, but the kitchen isn’t child-friendly. As the oven flies open, the stovetop blazes with heat, and the vegetables get chopped, there are plenty of opportunities for little ones to fall into danger. Instead, set your helpful kiddos up with easy tasks, like rolling out the dough, stirring mixtures together, and setting the table. Teenagers can be given more complex tasks and even trained in secret family recipes, but use caution as you go. On the Road Again After being stuffed into a comatose state from gobbling up turkey all day, shoppers looking to score the perfect deal will head to local department stores for Black Friday sales. But as more drivers gather on the road, the chance for accident or injury increases, especially when these drivers are filled to the brim with food and may have indulged in alcoholic beverages. At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., we understand just how devastating an accident can be, and we will always fight to get the compensation they deserve. On the road, you can do your part by driving sober or using a ride-share, putting away distractions, and avoiding heavily congested areas. No matter how you prepare, accidents happen. Our experienced team can get you the compensation you need to land back on your feet. Find out how by calling 229-888-0888 or visit PuttingPeopleFirst.law.

GuessWho?

To play gratitude-themed Guess Who?, have each participant write down their name and something they’re thankful for on a slip of

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CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING SAFELY WITH THESE TIPS

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration, gratitude, and, best of all, the greatest meal of the entire year! But while you prepare to gather around a feast this year, don’t forget that the holidays can also be dangerous. Keep these Thanksgiving safety tips in mind before heading into the kitchen. A Very Well-Done Turkey According to the National Fire Prevention Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Mitigate this danger by first testing your smoke detectors. Next, always have someone in the kitchen when the stovetop is running, and keep your kitchen clear of flammable items or unnecessary, obstructing objects. Finally, educate

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STAY SAFE And Bag Your Buck With These Hunting Reminders

Hunting is a Georgian tradition enjoyed by eager participants every autumn, but with changing laws, dangerous weapons, and an influx of people in our forests and river valleys, it’s important to brush up on hunting techniques and rules. Before beginning the big hunt, read up on any changes to quotas or limits imposed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this season. For example, a hunter cannot bag more than 12 deer in one season, and no more than two of those deer can be antlered. Refreshing your knowledge also applies to understanding the appropriate way to hunt. Using deer as an example again, it’s illegal to kill a deer while they are in a lake, stream, or pond, and you can only use a dog to hunt for deer with a special permit. The DNR makes these restrictions based on the count of the herd, population fluctuations after hunting seasons, and areas with protected wildlife. Remember, the purpose of hunting and fishing is to control the wildlife population and ensure a balanced, thriving ecosystem. Adhering to set quotas and limits is you doing your part to better our Georgia wildlife.

has been added to the southern bear-hunting zone, and firearms deer-hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, and portions of Fulton and Glynn counties. In addition, keep in mind that the maximum age for hunting in wildlife management areas has decreased from 17 years old to 16.

Traditionally, youth hunting has been a great way to introduce the sport to aspiring hunters,

but it’s never too late to learn. The Georgia DNR has mentorship programs

available to hunters of all ages. Learn more about these classes

and stay up to date on the latest law changes by visiting GeorgiaWildlife.com.

The experts at the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help you find the compensation you deserve when a hunting accident leaves you injured. Call 229-888-0888 or visit PuttingPeopleFirst.law today, and stay safe this season.

Another key item to consider when preparing for a hunt is the restrictions in your hunting region. For example, Camden County

We Value You! At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., the trust we build with our clients is our most valuable asset. To show our appreciation, we would like to thank the following clients who have referred others to us since our October newsletter: Your recommendation is greatly treasured by everyone at our office. Clients can also leave their comments on our services through Google reviews ! These statements give us critical feedback and help other clients facing stressful life situations find dependable lawyers. Previous and current clients can also receive free notary services at our office. Learn more about this service by giving us a call at 229-888-0888. Garmyle Clinton and Jerry Harrison

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Still, he was proud of the service his father did in the Air Force as a pilot, and to this day, my great Uncle Tom is one of our family’s greatest heroes. He served in the Navy in both World Wars and came back with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his efforts. (Fun fact: John F. Kennedy was my great uncle’s bunkmate.) Sometimes I regret not joining the military and carrying on a great family tradition of service, but I understand my dad’s reservations. I believe that’s why I feel so compelled to help veterans living with hearing loss issues after service, thanks to faulty earplugs produced by 3M. I have seen the emotional, physical, and mental toll that military service requires, and if I can alleviate some of that pain, I will have paid back a small portion of the dedication they made to this country.

To all veterans, thank you for your service.

Thank you for trusting us to serve you!

-William F. “Trey” Underwood, III

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inside Trey Underwood Reflects on His Family’s Military Service PAGE 1 Gratitude-Themed Games for Kids PAGE 2 Stay Safe With These Thanksgiving Safety Tips PAGE 2 Keep These Hunting Regulations in Mind PAGE 3 Is Going Green Good Business? PAGE 4

How to Get Rich Without Hurting the Planet

As awareness about the global impact of climate change rises, consumers have started to vote with their dollars for companies that offer greener, more sustainable products and practices. Slowly, that

In 2009, Interface created and sold over 83 million square yards of carpet without negatively impacting the planet or losing revenue. Anderson chronicles his journey from point A to point B in his book, “Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist.” According to Inc. magazine, Anderson, who passed away in 2011, was considered “the greenest CEO in America.” His company mastered sustainable innovation, and its patents, products, and processes are revealed in his book, which is as much a guide for entrepreneurs of the future as it is for those of the present. One reader on Amazon reviewed the book as “Inspiring,” writing, “If only the world had more Ray Andersons. The fact that he turned a company reliant on the use of petrochemicals for the production of its core product into [a company] with sustainability as its core ideology and was able to improve his profits is outstanding. Any and every company can learn something from this book.” If you’re trying to lessen your business’s impact on the planet and tap into a market of environmentally conscious consumers, “Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist” is the place to start.

groundswell has caused businesses to shift their

priorities and take steps to track and reduce their environmental impact. But long before the green movement began in earnest, there was Ray Anderson — one man who decided to flip the script. In 1994, Anderson was 60 years old, the CEO of the modular carpet company Interface, Inc., and no more environmentally aware than his contemporaries. But when his customers started asking about the environmental impact of his carpets, he dropped into the rabbit hole of environmental research and emerged a changed man. He had a new goal for his $1 billion company: It would take nothing from the earth that the planet couldn’t replace.

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