This is just a quick word to congratulate 9/11 First Responders on the renewal of the James Zadroga Act, which will now continue affording them access to healthcare for illnesses resulting from their heroic service. The police, firefighters and other emergency personnel lobbied hard for years to have the act extended, so that they could get the lifesaving medical care that they deserved after their incredible commitment to saving and protecting their fellow citizens.
The law was renewed on December 18th, permanently extending healthcare benefits via the World Trade Center Health Program, while extending the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund for another five years.
If you know somebody who is a First Responder, please send along the good news, and thank them again for their bravery on behalf of their family, friends and neighbors.
For more information, please see Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act here:
Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act
For some background about 9/11 First Responders’ need to lobby for this critically needed law, and Jon Stewart’s advocacy on their behalf, there’s an excellent December 23rd article in the Huffington Post here:
“Why Jon Stewart Fought So Hard for 9/11 Responders,” by Michael McAuliff
From first responder John Feal, who is currently leading efforts to secure potentially lifesaving medical care for the surviving 9/11 first responders:
Please contact Senator Mitch McConnell immediately.
Dec 2, 2015 — I’m outside of Senator McConnell’s office right now and need your help because he’s holding up our bill. Please reach out to Senator Mitch McConnell’s office immediately and tell him to meet with first responders who are outside his office in the Senate Russell Building:
Call: (202) 224-2541 or (502) 582-6304
If no one answers, try again!
All you need to say is “Tell Senator McConnell to meet with 9/11 first responders. As an American taxpayer I expect our government to give permanent health coverage to those who risked their lives on 9/11. Will Senator Mitch McConnell stand with the American people who will never forget? I hope he knows our heroes were there for our nation on that tragic day so we should be for them now instead of playing politics with human lives.”
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Please call your representatives in Congress to support urgently needed medical care for 9/11 First Responders. Congress will vote this week on whether or not to extend the James Zadroga Act, which supports potentially lifesaving care for police, fire & rescue, and recovery workers at the site of the World Trade Center attack.
It’s quick and easy. Just dial the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121, and they can connect you with your Representative and both of your Senators.
Or, you find the numbers for your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
and both of your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&Sort=ASC .
For more information on the efforts of First Responders to ask Congress to support this critically needed law, click here for a message from First Responder John Feal:
Again, I am especially hoping that my fellow New Yorkers will take the time to do this. On September 11, 2001, these men and women were there for us. Now it is our turn to be there for them.
PLEASE sign this quick and easy online petition in support of extending the James Zadroga Act, which will continue to provide lifesaving medical care to 9/11 First Responders. The act is named for NYPD Officer James Zadroga, who died in 2006 due to his exposure to toxic chemicals during his rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was the first police officer whose death was attributed to an illness resulting from the rescue efforts.
The link below will take you directly to a change.org petition to ask Congress to extend the act, and you can read a personal appeal by John Feal, a United States Army Veteran who was himself a First Responder.
I am reaching out in particular to all of my fellow New Yorkers. Signing this petition took me less than four seconds. If we all sign and then share this link, it will be the very least that we can do to help the bravest and best of New Yorkers, who now, in turn, need our help.
Please share this petition as well, and talk to your family and friends about this. Again, this really is the very least that we can do.
“Tell Congress We Will Never Forget 9/11 First Responders”
You can also learn more about the efforts of First Responders to seek the care that they deserve right here: