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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:50 PM

GOOD NEWS! Remember the petition I started for FEMA first responders to get health benefits?

Last edited Mon Dec 17, 2012, 06:32 PM - Edit history (2)

I created a petition the Tuesday after Sandy hit. It got press coverage after receiving 115k signatures in one week and subsequent statements from FEMA indicating victory.

Well.....for the last few weeks there has been NOTHING. I've been stonewalled, knowing the ball was most definitely in FEMA's court, in spite of the bureaucratic red tape involved in such changes. I couldn't get the press back on board because, once victory was claimed (though even I felt it was premature to say that), they had no interest.

I kept being the PITA that I am and, as of today, a definitive victory has indeed been proclaimed!!!

As of early 2013, the thousands of FEMA Reservists (the on-call first responders) will be eligible to enroll in the federal health benefit plan. They've received official notification of the same.



Here's my blog post which gives the background history and an update.

Thought we could all use some good news, especially a David vs. Goliath type of good news.


EDIT TO ADD: NEXT UP, UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!!!




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Reply GOOD NEWS! Remember the petition I started for FEMA first responders to get health benefits? (Original post)
OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 OP
Scuba Dec 2012 #1
OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 #3
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #2
OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 #6
Kaleva Dec 2012 #4
OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 #7
Whisp Dec 2012 #5
OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 #8
Whisp Dec 2012 #9
HappyMe Dec 2012 #10
bluestate10 Dec 2012 #11

Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:02 PM

1. One person does one thing and improves the lives of many. Thank you.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:53 PM

3. ...

It was my pleasure. I told my daughter I can die now, knowing I've made a tangible difference along the way. Of course, there are more battles to be fought, so I don't plan on going anywhere.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:22 PM

2. Most excellent!!!!!!

rec

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 06:13 PM

6. Thanks, dixiegrrrrl!!!



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:56 PM

4. That's great news! I recall signing your petition.

Kudos to you for keeping up the fight!

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 06:13 PM

7. Thank you for signing it, Kaleva!



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:56 PM

5. wow.

you are my favourite DUer.

awesome work, just amazing. I bow before you.

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Response to Whisp (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 06:14 PM

8. Dang, Whisp....

I've been crying for days (like so many); you made me get all weepy again, but out of gratitude.

Thank you so much for the kind words.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:10 AM

9. kicking because this should get a thousand recs!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:37 AM

10. k&r

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:42 AM

11. Good job. nt

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