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25 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 43 (2017)
Vets and Debts

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                                 JACK F. WLLIAMS*

     On  October  30, 2015, the American   Bankruptcy  Institute Law  Review,  the St.
John's  Center for Bankruptcy   Studies, and the Armed  Forces  Society  at St. John's
University  School  of Law joined  the New  York  State Division of Veterans' Affairs
for their symposium,  entitled Veterans in Bankruptcy.  Dr. Jack Williams  gave the
keynote  address.  The  following  is a revised  and  annotated  transcription of his


     Throughout  history, societies have attempted,  in one way   or another, to help
those who   have fought  and sacrificed for them.  This noble form  of recognition of
the few  by  the many   appears to transcend  time, space, and  culture. It is not an
artifact nestled within traditional western civilization; its presence goes well beyond
that. Special dispensation to those who  fight may be found  in holy texts, such as the
Torah,  Christian religious writings, and the Qu-ran.  The United  States of America
is no  different in this regard. We  have,  with a few  notable  exceptions, honored
those that have served this country in its armed forces.
     Professor Ray  Warner,' a thoughtful scholar and  great friend, introduced me to
you  all as an anthropologist and law professor.  That is not quite the case; I am an
archaeologist   and  law  professor.   An   archaeologist,  being  introduced  as  an
anthropologist,  is like a Yankees  fan being  introduced  as a Red  Sox  fan or vice
versa.   Just to give  you  a taste of the  difference between  the  two  disciplines:
anthropologists  believe that the  way  to understand  culture and  civilization is to
embed   yourself.   You  learn  through  observation.   You  study  with  the people,
partake  in their rituals, their habits, their routines, you talk with them, walk with
them,  eat with them; you  engage  them in a robust manner  over  a significant period
of time.

  * I would like to thank the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, the St. John's Center for
Bankruptcy Studies, the Armed Forces Society at St. John's University School of Law, and the New York
State Division of Veterans' Affairs for sponsoring this symposium. I further would like to thank my
colleague, Susan H. Seabury, Esq., for her helpful comments on this speech. I would also like to thank Tosha
Donn, Georgia State Law class of 2017, and the wonderful staff at the Law Review for their great help.
Finally, I would like to thank the present servicemembers, veterans, and their families for their service. My
email is jwilliamsgsu.edu. My office number is (404) 413-9149. Any errors are mine alone.
  1 Professor of Law and former Associate Dean of Bankruptcy at St. John's University School of Law.
Professor Warner has written articles for numerous bankruptcy, commercial law, and consumer law
publications. He is also a Director and Former Secretary of the American Bankruptcy Institute and Co-
Advisor to the American Bankruptcy Law Review at St. John's. Professor G. Ray Warner Biography, ST.
JOHN'S U. SCH. OF L., http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/bio/g-ray-warner (last visited Nov. 10, 2016).


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