Friday, October 18, 2013

Government Claims Vet's Estate; First Suit Filed

Youngstown Vindicator, April 24, 1950
Alexander Zakowski's stay in Eloise was only roughly two years but the WWI vet's unfortunate life and death afterwards was a basis for legal precedence. After joining the army during the first world war he became mentally ill and upon his return home was ordered to Eloise in 1922. After being transferred to the Veteran's Hospital at Fort Custer in 1924 he lived 22 years, accruing some $6,000+ in disability pension funds. Since he had no heirs or descendants it was ruled that the money in his estate should be returned to the federal government based on a recent statute concerning military pension funds and the deceased.

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