Newtown resident sues VFW on behalf of her late husband

Full story: NewsTimes.com

The widow of a former town employee who also fought in the Vietnam War is suing the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, saying a fall her husband took in its parking lot resulted in his death less than a dozen days later.

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luke

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#41
Aug 15, 2009
 
Post is 308 yes they play cards and yes Orten and his wife use to go there. But if you do not see eye to eye with the commander you do not feel like you belong there. The bartenders are the best.
Danbury Ed

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Aug 15, 2009
 
Unfortunate wrote:
I have been to the VFW post 308 in Newtown. The people are friendly and it is a wonderful place to socialize, play cards or have a drink. It was a terrible tragedy that happened to Mr. Orten. Until everyone knows the facts about what happened-no one should judge the widow's decision to sue. She frequented the VFW with her husband and I am sure it was not an easy decision for her to make; to hire a lawyer to try abd recoup some of the expenses (hospital bills, funeral expenses, etc.)that resulted from her husbands death.
Hmmm.. If she had problems with money, maybe if she'd asked for help, the VFW would've responded with a fund raiser to help her out. I go by 2 rules in life:
1. Bad stuff happens sometimes. You have to roll with it. Sadness, death, sickness? Happens to everyone.
2. You don't sue your friends.. and you should think twice about suing anyone. What goes around comes around.
whatever

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#43
Aug 15, 2009
 
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Its the property owners responsibilty to sand the driveway. If you rent an apt is it your responsinibilty to sand your driveway. Most likely it is the landlords responsibilty. This was not the members responsibilty. It was the property owners.
They own the property the post is on so it was there responsiblity
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Aug 15, 2009
 

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It is so frustrating to hear people stating as fact things they have no idea about.
The property owners were at fault, not the members? What if the members are the property owners!
VFWs are just places to drink and overserve people? Newtown is a bad example for VFW's? What planet is this guy from? Profits from the canteen/bar plus renting out their facilities for functions, etc., are put to good use. Supporting veterans' programs, little league teams, sick children in the community, providing scholarships to deserving students, plus more.
Don't spout off when you don't know what you are talking about.
Newtown is a very bad example of the Veterans and the VFW that is not a VFW it is the commanders private club right "junie"?
christy

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Post is 308 yes they play cards and yes Orten and his wife use to go there. But if you do not see eye to eye with the commander you do not feel like you belong there. The bartenders are the best.
The commander will bar you from there just because he dont like you that shouldn't be allowed to be a vfw at all maybe the state officers of the vfw should check into this place
Two from Sandy Hook

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#46
Aug 16, 2009
 
I know for fact walkways & parking lot where always being shoveled & salted... The VFW is a volunteer club, they where both member's.. She walked out 1st came back in said it's slippery watch your step.. Salt bag is ALWAYS by the door, WHY did she not Salt???? She also knew her husbanb was not feeling well was she watching out for her LOVING husband?? I think not seeing he lay there for 10 min. or longer!!!!!!!!!! If I went to warm up the car and MY spouse was not feeling well I WOULD BE LOOKING OUT for HIM!!!!!!!!!! That was also a very cold and wet winter WE DID THE VERY BEST WITH WHAT MOTHER NATURE GAVE US.......AS for you mrs. O. SHAME SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!! And they had insurance he worked for the Town, she is just $$$$$$$$$$ hungery and chep!
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#47
Aug 16, 2009
 
That is so not true.... I would chalenge YOU any day to DO WHAT HE HAS TO and NO ONE ELSE HAS THE BALLS TO! But maybe talk behind your back. YOU may not like his decisions and he may not always be right by 5%. But HE has done a lot more then most there. What have YOU done?????????? AS for Mr. O & Mrs. O. he did not treat them bad!
Ashamed

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Aug 17, 2009
 
Unfortunate wrote:
I have been to the VFW post 308 in Newtown. The people are friendly and it is a wonderful place to socialize, play cards or have a drink. It was a terrible tragedy that happened to Mr. Orten. Until everyone knows the facts about what happened-no one should judge the widow's decision to sue. She frequented the VFW with her husband and I am sure it was not an easy decision for her to make; to hire a lawyer to try abd recoup some of the expenses (hospital bills, funeral expenses, etc.)that resulted from her husbands death.
EXCEPT!! The amount she is sueing for is way above and beyond "recouping expenses". It's all about the money and nothing else.
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#49
Aug 17, 2009
 
We have the Post 308 bashers & the Junie bashers. And yes zoo is correct... people show up, sign the book and someone else signs them in to stay (not even knowing the person). I am a frequent flyer and I know they try their best to keep the lot safe. The thing that many of us are appalled about is what she is suing for. To sue for medical expenses as well as funeral fees, well we probably wouldn't bat an eye. It is sad she lost her husband and soulmate, but the question still is who's fault is it. I'm on the fence w/ this. There was a day when bartenders would shut you off and maybe even get some coffee in you before they let you even walk out. Nowadays MOST bars just keep serving (walking or driving). However we as humans have to pay attention to our limits. As a friend let alone a spouse we should also assist/ protect that person.
MOUSE

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Aug 17, 2009
 
whatever no one is walking in her shoes. The commander puts his little slaves to work for him. They do the work not him. He gives the orders. Well for your information someone else has run the post 308 and did a damm good job. He would not even come in while the other person was commander. His day is coming when people find out what kind of a person he is. If he did not drink for nothing he would not be there every day.
REMEMBER WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND SOME DAY.
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#51
Aug 17, 2009
 
What dose this have to do with O's slipping on the ice? Sounds like you both have personal problems. Or just plan old butt heads and maybe you should go else where. Bet neither one of you do much to help just complain how things should be done. Then bit__ when there not done to your liking. So try sticking to the true subject. Take your bit__'ing to a meeting or another offical (have you got the nerve to do that) think not !!
ICare

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Sep 10, 2009
 
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Like going to the beach and sueing cause you got eaten by a shark. folks... january, ice, nightime -
this like any risky combination equalz danger. we as a society need to pay the price for the risks we take and quit blaming others for our actions.
Thats fine until it happenes to one of YOURS! Parking lot should have been cleaned and prepared for everyone who they want to take money from!
ICare

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Sep 10, 2009
 
Steve Brookfield CT wrote:
Let's see:
Leaving VFW bar on a Friday night one day after the new years holiday, slips and falls on the Ice and it is the VFW post that is to blame.
I have to think her husband is rolling over in his grave on this one.
YOU obviously dont know the whole story - If you fell and died on the parking lot, who would be laughing at you?

A place of buisnesss should always be prepared to take care of their customers and the VFW did not clean there parking lot, it was all ICE
ICare

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#54
Sep 10, 2009
 
MOUSE wrote:
whatever no one is walking in her shoes. The commander puts his little slaves to work for him. They do the work not him. He gives the orders. Well for your information someone else has run the post 308 and did a damm good job. He would not even come in while the other person was commander. His day is coming when people find out what kind of a person he is. If he did not drink for nothing he would not be there every day.
REMEMBER WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND SOME DAY.
You are sooooo right! Thanks, someone with a brain.
ICare

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Sep 10, 2009
 
Ashamed wrote:
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EXCEPT!! The amount she is sueing for is way above and beyond "recouping expenses". It's all about the money and nothing else.
It's not about the money - It's about the Loss (most people who loose a true LOVED one, would understand), What is the price for you - If you lost a loved one. Is there a price? And in fact, on one knows the true story of how it happened! This should never have happened!
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Sep 10, 2009
 
To Christy wrote:
That is so not true.... I would chalenge YOU any day to DO WHAT HE HAS TO and NO ONE ELSE HAS THE BALLS TO! But maybe talk behind your back. YOU may not like his decisions and he may not always be right by 5%. But HE has done a lot more then most there. What have YOU done?????????? AS for Mr. O & Mrs. O. he did not treat them bad!
Oh yes he most certainly DID! He didnt even show face at the funeral (before or after). No acknowledgement for Mr. Orten as a Veteran or a Member of the VFW (over 20 years). He's totally Wrong!
Danbury Ed

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#58
Sep 10, 2009
 
Sue sue sue...Money will make everything better...
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#59
Sep 16, 2009
 
all of you should be ashamed.... Rick did everything for everyone and his wife was by his side 110% shame on all of you.
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#61
Sep 16, 2009
 
POST 308 SUCKS AND I WILL MAKE SURE THE WORD GETS OUT
sandyhook

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Sep 16, 2009
 
armywife wrote:
POST 308 **** AND I WILL MAKE SURE THE WORD GETS OUT
What word do you want to put out there???? That you are ignorant on the matter!!!!

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