Tony Rose recites the Pledge of Allegiance with some of his friends during his naturalization ceremony as a U.S. citizen in Hastings at the Veterans Home where he resides. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff)
Editors Note: After an over four-year battle with the Departments of Immigration, Homeland Security and Social Security, the U.S. government conceded Tony Rose, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and worked in this country for 40 years, in fact never left the country, is an American citizen and can draw his Social Security pension.
"Tony Rose said he now feels a sense of gratification. And who can blame him? His over 4-year crusade for Social Security benefits is over — and he won.
Rose, a longtime chef and baker said things started to go his way because of Stella Mednik, a New York immigration attorney who worked on his behalf at no charge for 17 months"