After the War my father did not receive benefits or any acknowledge of his services in the Vietnam War until Senator Carl Levins of Michigian pushed Veterans Department to search and find paper work pertaining to my fathers tours of duty and was eventually recognized as a veteran in 2003.
Sgt. Zellner filed a case after case to receive benefits denied to him for 30 years. His cases went all the way to the US Appeals Court in Washington D.C. Even though he did not prevail in his case and was denied retroactive payments, I could not be more proud of my father as I sat in court with him September 11, 2011 right next door to the White House. He pushed for retroactive benefits not for himself but for his childern, for me who would have gone to college for free if given the full benefits he was due.
Now it is time to say good bye to my Hero, a veteran, a role model, and our American Hero. Giving is receiving so please help my family to honor a man worth honoring and your life will be blessed ten fold.
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