Re: some of the recipients
1) if a guy was injured at work at Home Depot, he TOTALLY would have been able to receive WORKER'S COMPENSATION!! I suspect the family turned it down in favor of litigation and it's tied up in court right now (and could be for years). Otherwise, the best gift they could have given the family was A LAWYER.
2) the Navy guy would TOTALLY get veterans compensation! Again, the system could be holding up benefits. He also would get service-related disability payments FOR LIFE.
Clearly, some of these folks need good lawyers. Maybe that should be Oprah's next show: finding high-powered lawyers for down and out folk who can't get past the receptionists at some of the big law firms. If Stephen Spielberg's sister could get $700,000 because her plane dropped 1,000 feet during a flight ... (she sued the airline for flying during bad weather) then some of these people are probably in line for millions.