Editor’s Note: This Yahoo piece honors my great Dad on Veterans Day
My father, Robert Balancia, has survived as a cop on the streets of New York City, and has won accolades as a top attorney defending the innocent.
But to me, his best accomplishment was becoming a U.S. Navy Pilot, flying off aircraft carriers during World War II.
And his experience has been a blessing to me!
My father’s Navy training gave him the ability to negotiate the rough times throughout his life. The Navy was his escape from a poverty-stricken childhood in New York City and enabled him to get an education that today would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.