A military blog by Howard Altman
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If it weren’t for Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lewis Collins, Walter Padron might not have been able to go on a family cruise to the Caribbean for his granddaughter’s 15th birthday.
Around 4 p.m. July 10, Collins, the working-dog kennel master with the 6th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, was returning from a doctor’s appointment when he saw a man on a bicycle hit by a 1995 green Toyota sedan at Spruce Street and MacDill Avenue.
Collins stopped his car and jumped out. Trained in first aid, he was prepared to help.
By Howard Altman
St. Petersburg-based lawyer Matt Weidner devotes a good deal of time helping veterans navigate the legal system.
He says his motivation is simple.
“I feel guilty about not being a veteran,” Weidner says. “I was not man enough to serve, and so while I have regrets, I realize I have other skills. I just started trying to find other ways to help.”