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Meet Waltraud and Sheldon Goldberg

Meet Waltraud and Sheldon Goldberg
"The payout rate of the annuity caught my eye. We were looking for a way to help ourselves and support a good cause..."
– Lt. Col. Sheldon Goldberg, USAF Ret.

An assignment to West Germany brought Sheldon Goldberg, a young Air Force musician and now a retired lieutenant colonel, and his wife Waltraud, together. Togetherness and family are the tenets they live by today.

Sheldon and Waltraud, known as "Wally," met on a blind date in 1957. "We almost missed meeting each other, but we met and hit it off," he said, remembering their first date which was a dance featuring the Les Brown Orchestra. Sheldon was a clarinetist in the US Air Force Band in Europe. Always wanting to fly planes, he applied to officer candidate school, received a commission, and became a navigator. He flew fighter planes during the Vietnam War and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism. Sheldon later served as Air Force Advisor to the German Command and General Staff College. A sixteen-year tenure working for the US Government followed his retirement from the Air Force. Together, the Goldbergs have traveled the world and raised three children.

Today, Sheldon remains very active with a number of retired military and Veterans Service Organizations. He is the National Executive Committee representative for the Department of Maryland, Jewish War Veterans of the USA and member of the National Rules Committee, Adjutant of the Greenberg-Lerner Post 692, JWV, and since earning his Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Maryland in 2012, he was appointed a docent/historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. He is also the commander of the General George G. Meade Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, the secretary of the Wilbur Wright, National Capital Region Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society and a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. An amateur genealogist, he has connected with newly-found family in Israel. Wally jokingly says that she "tolerates" all of her husband's activities. They continue to travel, recently returning from a Panama Canal cruise.

The Goldbergs were frequent visitors to the Hebrew Home when Sheldon's father was a resident. They remember enjoying Restaurant Nights and other programs.

"I want to pass a heritage to our children and grandchildren," says Sheldon of his quest to trace his family's history. They've done very much the same for CESLC. The Goldbergs have established a Charitable Gift Annuity and are members of the Builders of the Future Society. Gift annuities provide partially tax-free payments for life. "The payout rate of the annuity caught my eye. We were looking for a way to help ourselves and support a good cause, and we're always happy to discover a way to reduce our taxes. It's a good investment and a way to help secure our futures," said Sheldon.

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