Success: Healthcare Guaranteed for 9/11 First Responders

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Target: Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator

Goal: Praise Congress for passing a health coverage law for 9/11 first responders.

Thanks in part to the Force Change community, 9/11 first responders will now receive life-saving healthcare. The new law guarantees $2.4 billion in funding towards research, diagnosis, and treatment of 9/11 related ailments. Join us in praising the United States Congress and President Obama for their part in saving our first responders.

The casualties of 9/11 did not end in 2001. Over 30,000 9/11 first responders have at least one health condition related to their presence at ground zero, and early 5,000 of them have been diagnosed with cancer. More than a quarter of first responders have asthma and 42 percent have been diagnosed with sinusitis due to inhalation of toxic dust. The “Zadroga Act” guarantees health coverage and compensation for thousands of first responders battling these and other ailments. Due to this act, funding is now provided for the treatment of current ailments in first responders and for the prevention of potential diseases. First responders can even track and treat illnesses before it is too late. Over 1,700 people have already died due to 9/11 related illnesses, but thanks to the passing of the “Zadroga Act,” chances of survival are better than ever.

Previous attempts to pass this health plan have failed. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Congress, the law has been passed and will provide much needed health coverage for first responders through 2090. Join us in thanking Congress for giving first responders a chance at improved health and longer lives.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Gillibrand,

Thanks to your dedication and unremitting efforts, 9/11 first responders will finally have access to long-term healthcare. Fourteen years in the making, the “Zadroga Act” has been passed by Congress and will allow for health coverage for all 9/11 first responders through 2090. Your efforts will likely save the lives of many first responders and will not go without notice.

Over 1,700 first responders have already died due to their presence at ground zero. The toxic dust from the debris pile causes ailments such as asthma, sinusitis, lung cancer, and digestive issues. Over 30,000 9/11 responders suffer from these or similar ailments.

The long-awaited “Zadroga Act” will not only treat current illnesses but also monitor first responders for early symptoms of new illnesses. Many of these illnesses can be treated if caught early enough. Thanks to the passing of the “Zadroga Act,” early detection is now possible. We thank you for your time and dedication to promote this plan. It has made all the difference.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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