DECEMBER 7, 1941
WORLD WAR II WAS OVER
August 6, 1945
By Geoff Williams
As seniors adjust to new technology, they are prey in a new way to thieves who hunt on dating websites.
Neal Zipser’s father is in love, but he isn’t happy about his father’s romance. That’s because his dad, an 80-year-old who came into some considerable money in the 1980s, has spent over half a million dollars on his new girlfriend.
What’s more, Zipser’s father has never met his own girlfriend.
“It started when he got an email from a lady in Ghana. She sent a photo and said she was 37-year-old nurse who could take care of him in his old age, and they basically started an online dialogue,” said Zipser, who works two jobs in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
His father — who lives near Detroit and whose name Zipser wants to keep private — became a widower last April after his 78-year-old wife of 54 years died after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Zipser’s father joined some online dating services, which is how the email relationship began. Soon there were requests for money, including $50,000 to pay for his girlfriend’s mother’s heart surgery and a $25,000 payment to invest in a new business opportunity.
Zipser isn’t even sure his father’s girlfriend is female.
By Leigh Munsil
Former Sen. Bob Dole, a World War II veteran, says he worries about younger injured veterans at places like Walter Reed Army Medical Center, having himself lived for decades with a disability resulting from the wounds of war.
“When they’re there, they’re surrounded by people caring for them. Nurses, technicians, doctors,” the former Republican senator from Kansas and presidential candidate said. “I’ve often wondered if they realize what happens when they roll out their wheelchair and go home, if they understand in some cases this is forever. It’s a shock.”
Having worked with veterans for years, he added that he knows that veterans of conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan will be taken care of long after he’s gone.
“That’s what makes America so great,” he said. “We don’t forget those who fought for us.”
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