DEDICATION TO COUNTRY HAVING PRIDE IN MY FAMILY’S MILITARY SERVICE
My parents have a quintessential love story. They met in their hometown, grew up together, and married when they were just 18 years old. But their story differs from other love stories of the past; after they were married, they enlisted in the Army. My parents served during WWII and were stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. I was born after they left the Army, so all my stories come from their recollections. I know they were both extremely proud of what they were able to do for this nation while being stationed stateside, but I specifically remember my mom talking about her experiences in the Women’s Army Corps, which began in the early 1940s. She used to tell this one story about a time when they had her run the marching drill, and she got so nervous that she couldn’t say “halt” and she ran the group right into the ocean! My mom was a one-of-a-kind mother, who was the most caring and generous person I knew. She was my biggest cheerleader, never missing a football game. She taught me how to slow dance and that a fresh tomato will always taste better than a store-bought one. Her green thumb was passed on to me, and now, as a master gardener, I’ve taken on her talent for growing the biggest and tastiest tomatoes. Since she was 9 years old, Mom worked in the textile industry in my hometown of Shelby, North Carolina, and she didn’t quit working until she was in her 70s. Even then, she continued to tend to her garden. She always encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do. Being the first in my family to become a lawyer, no one was more proud of me than Mom.
American flag at my home. As I married and began a family of my own, I’ve since added more pride in the dedication to service of my loved ones.
Though my father-in-law didn’t talk too much about his service, he was a fighter
pilot in WWII before he was shot down while flying over England. He was forced to parachute out of his plane, but his flying mate was killed in a mid-air collision. Despite this devastation, he
remained a strong military man, and after the war, he joined the Air Force Reserve, where he eventually became a two-star general. While in the reserves he became a lawyer, practiced law, and went on to become a Judge. Later, it was his dedication to this country that had a direct influence on his grandson. I always say that my son was born with the uniform on, and this was only encouraged further by his devoted grandfather. Growing up, he built forts in the backyard and always wore camouflage. Like his grandfather, he joined the Air Force, and he currently serves in the reserves, leaving the states each summer to serve for a month in Italy. My son eventually became a police officer, and he has since moved his way up to working with the FBI. When Memorial Day and Mother’s Day roll around this May, I hope you will take time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom and thank your mom for her guidance and support. I’ll forever remember the sacrifices made decades
I’m incredibly proud of my parents, and I was raised with a strong sense of patriotism and respect for sacrifice. I even fly the
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ago by my parents and my father-in-law and the dedication my son continues to carry for our family and country today. From everyone at Don Turner Legal Team, have a safe and happy Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
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BRAVE LITTLE CHER AMI THE WAR PIGEON WHO SAVED THE ‘LOST BATTALION’
Long before the invention
raining down on the 77th, Major Charles White Whittlesey felt he had no choice but to send the last pigeon, Cher Ami. The pigeon’s desperate note read:
of radios and cellphones, homing pigeons were used to send messages as early as the sixth century. During World War I, war pigeons carried lifesaving messages past enemy lines for the American and French armies, often being wounded in the
“We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.”
can be more crucial for motorcyclists than automobile drivers, but allowing your body to fully heal after an injury will give you a solid foundation for the future. Get permission from your doctor before jumping back into driving, and start slow. Finally, take time to practice. Following your accident, driving may feel abnormal or strange. Your muscle memory may not kick in right away, so you need to pay close attention to the road and re-familiarize yourself with your ride. Before you set off on big adventures, spend a few weeks taking short and slow rides, practice in a parking lot, and ask your friends for guidance. If you’re nervous about your skills, contact a local driving or motorcycle school to revamp your skills. At Don Turner Legal Team, our experts have seen the tremendous toll the aftermath of an accident can take on our clients, but we know there is relief. If you have a question about your case or would like more information about our legal offerings, visit DonTurnerLegalTeam.com or call 770-594-1777. As Cher Ami rose from the brush, she was shot down, to the despair of the watching soldiers. However, after a few seconds, she fought her way back into the air, flew through a torrent of gunfire, and made it to division headquarters 25 miles away. She had been shot in the breast, the eye, and the leg. Because of Cher Ami’s brave flight, 194 of the original 554 men of the 77th Infantry Division survived the battle. One month later, World War I came to an end. Cher Ami survived the war as well, thanks to the surgeons who performed emergency surgery on her. One soldier even carved her a little wooden leg. She became a well-known hero to both soldiers and children in the States. For her service in Verdun, the French Army awarded her the Croix de Guerre, and she was inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame. Cher Ami finally succumbed to her wounds in June of 1919 and is now on display in the Smithsonian alongside Sergeant Stubby, a terrier who served 18 months on the Western Front.
process. In 1918, Cher Ami, a black check hen used by the U.S. Signal Corps, became the most famous of them all.
On Oct. 2, the United States 77th Infantry Division was trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest during the Meuse- Argonne Offensive, a three-month push by the Allies during the final throes of World War I to force the Germans to surrender. It became the bloodiest battle in U.S. history. For six days, the encircled division endured relentless attacks and suffered heavy casualties, but their orders were clear: Don’t retreat and don’t surrender.
The division dispatched two homing pigeons with requests for help, but both birds were shot down. When friendly fire began
Whether it’s a motorcycle accident or a collision in an automobile, accidents can throw a wrench into your life. Seeking legal help and surrounding yourself with a support system are some of the best ways to reclaim your life after an accident, but what happens when it’s time to hop on the motorcycle or drive your car again? For some, driving again is easier said than done. An accident can leave you mentally exhausted, and some people struggle with post-traumatic stress symptoms in the aftermath of an accident. This can appear in the form of nightmares, fear of the location where the accident happened, and panic attacks at the thought of getting into a vehicle or onto your motorcycle again. It’s important to remember that this fear and anxiety is normal for anyone after an accident, and there are resources to help. Call your doctor, a local riding club, or local mental health professionals for resources to support your well-being. HOW YOU CAN DRIVE AGAIN AFTER A MOTORCYCLE OR AUTO ACCIDENT GET BACK IN THE SADDLE
Once you’ve taken stock of your mental health, examine if you are physically ready to get back in the driver’s seat again. This
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Why Legal RepresentationMatters DO I NEED A LAWYER?
You’re probably somewhat of an expert at your job, whether it’s working in a restaurant, teaching kids, or driving a semitruck. So, would you trust a lawyer to flambé your dessert, educate 8-year- olds on the basics of long division, or execute the perfect U-turn in your rig? Of course not, so you shouldn’t try to do a lawyer’s job when you’re facing legal trouble. Lawyers are specialized professionals who must obtain a bachelor’s degree in order to complete their Juris Doctor degree. After seven years of schooling, attorneys must pass the state bar exam, continue their education throughout their career, and gain years of experience through internships and low-level jobs. Long story short: They’re the experts you want analyzing the legal predicaments after an arrest or injury. There are many questions that follow an accident or an arrest. Maybe you’re asking yourself if you can afford legal help. The insurance adjuster may say the process will be easy, so you might question if you even need to hire a lawyer. Maybe you worry about being a hassle. However, keep in mind that the opposing party in your situation will likely have their own attorney. Insurance companies have lawyers whose entire careers are built on their ability to make
the company money, while the state has specialized prosecutors who work closely with law officers, laboratories, and county officials. When you hire a lawyer to fight for your case, you are hiring someone who has the expertise and knowledge to ask the tough questions and analyze opposing tactics. Despite the knowledge attorneys have, those facing criminal charges or living through the aftermath of an injury hesitate seeking legal help because of the cost associated with attorneys. But there are solutions for those who can’t afford these services. Free consultations provide potential clients an opportunity to learn more about their case, the options they have moving forward, and what the outcomes could be. Additionally, when you take this free first step, you establish a relationship with an attorney who can then guide you on your next steps and possible payment options. At Don Turner Legal Team, we have decades of experience helping clients find viable solutions that fit into their lives. Schedule your free case consultation by calling 770-594-1777 or visit DonTurnerLegalTeam.com.
MOM’S BARBECUE SLAW
There’s nothing quite like a backyard barbecue, especially when you combine it with the perfect weather and perfect friends. But before you fire up the grill, don’t forget one key ingredient in every barbecue: The slaw! This summer, try Don Turner’s mom’s famous barbecue slaw recipe for an ultimate party favorite.
2 pounds chopped cabbage (not grated)
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1 tablespoon salt 1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
DIRECTIONS 1. Once you have gathered your ingredients, making this dish is as easy as eating it! Mix the ingredients, let it stand 1 hour before serving, and enjoy a Turner family favorite.
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1 Remembering My Mom and Honoring My Family 2 Brave Little Cher Ami Tips for Driving After an Accident 3 Why You Need a Lawyer Mom’s Barbecue Slaw 4 The Golden Era of Athletes on Social Media INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Out of the Dark and Onto the Web
THE GOLDEN ERA OF ATHLETES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
It’s not an overstatement to say that social media has revolutionized the way we live our lives today. But with that massively powerful platform comes a massive responsibility, especially if you’re already in the spotlight. Athletes have taken the opportunity social media affords them to build their personal brands and engage in community outreach with the fans who look to them as role models. But there’s a downside to cataloging years of unfiltered thoughts on the internet. For better or worse, social media is here to stay, and we have full access to all the drama that unfolds for our entertainment. Despite the web’s potential for good, some pros can’t seem to get the message that every post falls under the scrutiny of the public. PR firms representing players have now made it a top priority to keep their clients’ images in line by scrubbing old posts that could be offensive and land them in hot water. Still, though, it seems like there’s a new controversy every week. One of the best examples comes courtesy of former football star “Johnny Football” Manziel. The former Heisman Trophy winner was notorious for posting embarrassing images of himself partying when he should have been practicing, and he often
blasted his private issues in public, seemingly with no filter. He’s out of a job now, most recently having been banned from the Canadian Football League. For every bad apple, though, there is a bushel of athletes who use their platforms for the greater good. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, five-time Pro Bowler and NFL star, has used his social media “juice” to spread the word about his charity, raising over $4.6 million for youth athletic programs and organizations. Philanthropy aside, part of the beauty of celebrity social media is that the people who seem so much larger than life become accessible because of it. In decades past, you might have written a letter that, if you were fortunate, got a response from some unpaid intern. Today, fans can reach out directly to their favorite athletes. It is a personal connection unparalleled in history. What a time to be alive.
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