A World War II Veteran Purged from Florida Voter Rolls

WWII Veteran Bill Internicola. Photo by Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel/MCT

An Army World War II Veteran, who was awarded the Bronze Star as a medic in the Battle of the Bulge and honored by France with its Chevalier Legion of Honour, received another distinction from the State of Florida.

Ninety-one year old Bill Internicola, the Stars and Stripes reports, got a letter recently that purged him from the voter rolls. It stated:
“The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office has received information from the state of Florida that you are not a United States citizen; however you are registered to vote.’’

Florida is a vital swing state in this year’s presidential election. The WWII Veteran participated in a news conference hoping to demonstrate flaws in the state’s effort to purge voter rolls prior to the election. Continue reading

Third Veterans Court to Open in South Florida

Image by Salvatore Vuono (Free Digital Photos.net)

Florida will soon be getting another Veterans Court, this one is scheduled to open this spring in Broward County. Chief Judge Peter Weinstein is leading the effort according to the Sun Sentinel:

“These soldiers are coming home to rebuild their lives and some will have difficulties. Often the horrors of what they saw at war can end up playing a heavy role in their conduct,” said Weinstein. “They served this country and we want to treat them with respect and get them the help they need. We have tremendous resources to help to put them back on the right track. We want this to be a therapeutic court.”

A planning session was held in December, and Weinstein has visited the Palm Beach Veterans Court, which opened almost 15 months ago. In March, the Miami-Dade Drug Court launched a similar specialized track for veterans.

The Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow the establishment of a Veterans Court in each judicial circuit. The Sun Sentinel reports that the bill was unanimously passed in House Appropriations Committee and similar bills are being considered in the Senate.

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