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Police Officers Death & Disability Act

Jim Bragg

Hey folks, lets support this and get it to become a reality. Copy this and sign it stating your support for it and fax it to ALL of your US Congressmen, US Senators, LE Agencies, FOP’s and Police

Police Officers Death and Disability Act

As Americans of the United States, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are a supportive nation; one that stands strong and fights for freedom in our country. When we hear this we immediately think of those in the military, rightly so. However, there is another group of men and women that face the same adversity and immediate danger everyday that go unnoticed. The police officers, the men and women in blue, that serve and protect us civilians 24/7. These individuals do their jobs just as honorably as those in the military, but yet, are not given the same respect or viewed on equal grounds as to those who are actively serving in either the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. Why? Some of these same individuals did serve their country and then chose a life style that is parallel to the military in many respects, but are not entitled to the same benefits should he/she become injured to the capacity of no longer being able to perform their job or worse killed in the line of duty. Who protects those that protect us? What happens to these individuals that are taken down in the prime of their lives and leave a family behind or have a whole new other lifestyle to adjust to? One of continuous physical pain, mental anguish, and the memory of what was at one time, what life used to be like prior to “that day.”

It is out of respect and gratitude to those individuals that risked their lives and lost theirs while performing their job as they were trained, to serve and protect. Two little words, (serve, protect) that have such a powerful message and sometimes tragic consequence is the result. Who knew that those two words (serve, protect) came with just as much of a high price as freedom does?

Therefore, a proposal supporting these men and women is being put into place, called the, “Police Officers Death and Disability Act.” This federally funded act would provide protection to those who did the protecting and can no longer actively serve in that role. Through this proposal would enable these police officers to have their medical bills paid for by the government and that their families’ medical expenses are covered as well. We, as a nation, do this for our Veterans, why not police officers who have provided the same service, but only right next to us, not overseas, not 3 states away or on a gulf coast somewhere, but as local/state police officers that patrol our street/city at night while we are sleeping and during the day when we are at work. These men and women are protecting us, where ever we may be and our neighborhoods while we are not there. In this line of duty, these men and women work 24/7 for us civilians, to protect us and our families. By having this act supported, this would be the greatest, “thank you” to give back to these police officers at the local and state levels and provide us civilians the opportunity to turn around and protect those that did the protecting.

The following provisions will apply to the “Police Officers Death and Disability Act:”

If a Law Enforcement Officer should become injured in the line of duty to the extent that they are no longer able to perform their duties as a Law Enforcement Officer and must retire due to disability, then the Officer shall be determined to fall under this act. Disabled/retired Officers will become eligible for 100% paid medical coverage at the date of retirement paid for by the Federal Government under this bill. The Officer, spouse and children 18 years of age and under, or those who are 21 years of age and under if they remain a full-time student will also be covered under this provision. Those covered under this Bill shall be issued a medical identification card at no cost and it will serve as an insurance card accepted by all licensed medical practitioners and facilities and all charges are to be paid by the United States Government. (This bill shall also include 100% costs of medical prescriptions; such as medication, equipment or any other means that are necessary to aid in the officers’ recovery due to the injury the officer has sustained.)

If a Law Enforcement Officer should become disabled in the line of duty, this bill shall also provide the officer with a monthly pension supplement payment of $1,000 for the disabled officer until his/her death. If the officer should be killed in the Line of Duty then, his/her widow shall also receive said benefit for 1 year or until remarried.

If the police officer should be killed in the LOD, the surviving spouse and children under the age of 18 or 21 if the child is in school will continue their medical coverage 100%. After 1 year, from said date, the medical coverage for the surviving spouse would terminate, however the children would remain covered fully 100% until the ages of 18 or 21, if the child is in school.

Should the surviving spouse remarry before the 1 year said date, coverage for the spouse is terminated immediately upon remarrying. However, the children would maintain 100% medical coverage until the ages of 18 or 21 are reached if the child or children are still in school.


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    4barE

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I am totally disabled from an in the line of duty injury. I did not qualify for any federal money because my injury pre-dated the federal law that provide financial assistance to totally disabled police officers. I am also one of those officers hired initially in the mid 1980's and was part of a retirement plan that precluded me from paying into medicare. My state, nor my employer provides medical coverage for disabled police officers or their families. I cannot get medicare either and am not quite broke enough to qualify for medicaid. I still have school aged children and a wife who cannot find a job in this economy that provides good health benefits. We need a federal law to cover all those who have fallen through the cracks. However, unlike past laws intended to help disabled officers and or their families, the law needs to cover those disabled in the past, as well as those who are injured after the passage of such a law. I am in my 50's and still have teenagers at home. I've never aske anyone for help. right now though, I need help.

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    cop4910

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I am a disabled retired police officer. I was pulled from a moving car and suffered total permanent disability. There is a Federal PSOB but I'm told you had to file for it within 3 years of the incident. I didn't even know any of this stuff existed until now. I got hurt October of 1999. Any advise?

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    poptrousdell

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Is this act going to be retroactive? I was disabled in the line of duty in 1998 and because I had less than 10 years on the job I was not able to afford healthcare for my family. It would have cost more than half of my disability pay. I have observed, since I was disabled, that their is a serious problem with the care given to disabled law enforcement officers. If I had been killed, my family would have been well cared for. In fact, it seems that officers being sued for whatever reason get more support from their agencies than disabled officers. I was shocked by the lack of concern for my situation by the agency that I worked for.

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    mppdk9

    over 5 years ago

    566 Comments

    Outstanding, I will pass it along in my shift briefing in the a.m.

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    dburns

    almost 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    I think that this is the best news a police officer can hear. I am doing a research paper on why police officers should get at least 100% of their salary or 100% of their medical if injured in the line of duty. This bill would be a great victory for police officers across the nation. If their are any police officers in the state of Texas that wouldn't mind sharing their story with me if they were injured in the line of duty and forced to retire. I would love to hear from you. Hear is my e-mail address: darrylburns@sbcglobal.net or my cell number: 713-410-9332. Good Luck with the bill count me in. Darrell Burns Houston ISD Police Dept.

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    sexypolice204

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I agree with this bill seeing as how when I got injuried I have had to fight for every little thing pretaing to my injury.

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    rodeo_96915

    over 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    I fully support this 100%!!!! This has been deeded for a very long time.

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    rodeo_96915

    over 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    I fully support this 100%!!!! This has been needed for a very long time.

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    gerpet1964

    over 6 years ago

    934 Comments

    I hit the wrong star!! it shoudl have been 5 stars!! I posted in the original and I have already written one congressman and I am drafting a written snail mail for the other. I think this is a great act and I support it 100 %

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    Robocop33

    over 6 years ago

    14600 Comments

    I wish that this discussion could be found easier than having to do a damn search!

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    Robocop33

    over 6 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Well I do disagree that is is a Federal Issue as the States are and would be unable to GTY this program or administer it properly. No I do not think nor do I want it to be anything like the VA. That simply does not work and loses millions of dollars yearly because of poor administration. All that is necessary is a Federal Issued Insurance ID Card good for all licensed medical facilities and personnel. Very simple and cost effective. Being military you should understand the concept of the special units of KISS, keep it simple stupid. Well, that works.
    As for individuals and the special problems that you are having, not much that can be done on an individual basis. I am also not thinking as an individual, if I did it would be about me and what would help me. This isn't. It would have helped me quite a bit when I was first disabled and it will help thousands of other Officers when they are hurt and crippled while doing their duty protecting our citizens. That is what this is all about, helping provide as best we can in as simple a matter as possible, for the most individuals possible. Some places DO continue insurance for their disabled Officers and that is great, but they are few and far between that do. I spoke to a Major from Athens, Ga and they are covered if they get hurt but he understands that most are not and he and his department are going to support this so that they can help their fellow LEO's None of this is going to take away from anyone, especially those in the military. The money to fund this program is a drop in the bucket and can be made up for with the simple dropping of one or two pork projects that are completely unnecessary like a multi-million dollar rd in Alaska that only goes to some complete wilderness that happens to be owned by someone who contributes lots of money to some other Rep's campaign, or some grant money to a nation or dictator that hates the USA anyway. Priorities people, priorities. Let's show support for this and download this bill, sign it and send it to your Congressmen and Senators and spread the word. Thanks.

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    flilly

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Hello, I am one of the hundreds of thousand disabled retired police officers. However, my former agency's govenment does pay 100% percent of my medical bills. My only issue is that I was forced to retire withonly 15 months left for retirement and told how much money I can make leaving me with a salary cap. After my retirement 6 other officers and myself approached the government to have the cap dropped, which yielded negative results. In 1996 my yearly salary was $58.950.00 per year. At reirement I was dropped to $31,000.00 per year with a $28,000.00 cap. Due you think it is fair that officers in my position should be restricted as to their potential earnings.
    FL

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    bsmedmpa

    over 6 years ago

    254 Comments

    Hey Robo, don't get me wrong, I think Public Safety Professionals should be covered 100% for everything. But I'm not the man in charge, yet! You make my point even clearer. The government you work for, small town, city, county, state is responsible for the benefits you recieve and desire. Its not a federal issue, plain and simple. There are so many aspects to this idea. So many areas that would have to be amended.
    Check this out, the VA and the US Military, as I'm sure you've heard, can't get it together 100% for service members and Veterans and these two systems have been around for how long? And now, you want an entirely new insurance and disability system put in place for LEO? Man, your reaching for the stars, go for it but I disagree with it. Amendment 10, US Constitution, State Rights, right. Well, get your state to act on them. It is not a federal issue. I do believe a KIA officer or LOD is already paid 100K by the Federal Government plus survivor benefits to spouse & children. A disabled or medically retired officer gets some sort of pension as dictated by Union Contract, department insurance, and state law. That does not preclude the officer from trying to obtain federal disability benefits under current laws and programs.
    You ask why I came back into the Miitary after experiencing small town, rural police no benefits? Well, I'll tell ya, the pay sucked, the retirement sucked, no medical upon retirement not to mention the amount of small town BS. I did what I wanted to do, be a cop. I had fun, learned alot, and realized I could do it again except this time, have more stability with being retired from the military. Make no mistake Sir, I will put that blue/tan/black uniform back on some day but I'll be a little bit more wiser and better protected in case of injury and death. You speak of D&D coverage. Some states, Georgia, still don't even have a LEO Bill of Rights, is an at will hire/fire state, 95% of departments there are still non-union, non-civil service and or merit board protected. How about, get those kinds of things passed into state law first, then push for better state benefits for D& D. The point is, it all goes back to your employer. My employer just so happens to have some better benefits than other employers. Some agencies, mostly NE and California, probably have better than I do. I'm not complaining one bit about what I'm eligible for or will/might recieve one day, fact is, its better than most but that was my choice to put the green back on and sacrifice my life to do America's international policing. It was my decision to take mere boys into hell and bring em back, well, most of them anyway, because I'm good at what I do. Nothing makes me happier or more pumped up than a good fire fight, knowing I made the world a better place today by getting rid of some bad apples. I like what I do, it's fun. I get to shoot all kinds of guns and blow stuff up!!! LOL What more could certain types of men ask for?
    Again, I'm all for LEO getting what they are whole heartedly earned by way of D&D benefits, my only part is, it is not a FEDERAL ISSUE as local, county, state officers are not employed by the Federal Government.
    Also, don't forget, all citizens have dual citizenship. Every US Citizen is a Citizen of the United States and the State of their legal Residence...as a US Citizen, with a permit to Carry in TWO states, STATE of legal residence and Georgia, where I am stationed. GA state laws allows miltary and College students not a resident, to apply for and be issued a Concealed Carry Permit. Point is, there are several states that would not or will not, honor one or both. I feel as a US Citizen, Former highly trained Police Officer, Mutli-War, Multiple-deployed US Army Infantry soldier, I am more than qualified to carry and protect myself and family while on vacation, yet I know, as well as you do, some cop out there would arrest me, you, or any other officer from out of state carrying a concealed weapon in his automobile, fully knowing that violent crime and gun violence is on the rise. So, when we get Federal Laws overriding state laws and those states finally respect and accept federal law, ie 2nd Amendment, I'll support your legislation. Fact is, I would love to see all Law Enforcement be moved to County, state, or Federal level as there is to much BS between agenies, small town politics, training, equipment, reports, etc...One Standard! How many agencies nationwide don't talk to one another for whatever reason about area/regional crime? Town police vs sheriff, city against state, Freakin Super Troopers is the most accurate movie true behind hte scene BS in police work. LOL We all know it, yet, someone will say it's not like that. Well, maybe no everywhere but alot of places, it is.
    Ok, hell of a long speech. Be safe all, good luck!!!

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    allen02019

    over 6 years ago

    84 Comments

    I am just Security Officer but I would be happy to push something like this throught. You People work hard out
    there. I do support for all you men/ women out there that put your life one the line for us " Thank You" .

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    Robocop33

    over 6 years ago

    14600 Comments

    bsmedmpa, You have the right to your opinion of course but understand this, nobody is asking for a hand-out. All that we LEO's are asking is that the Government who we work for take care of those warriors who fight against crime and terrorism here at home and are killed or crippled doing so. Understand that we CANNOT buy insurance. You are not covered for any pre-existing conditions which are specifically those injuries we suffered protecting our community right here at home. The reason it needs to be Federal is because if it isn't then not only will you have to fight with each individual State to pass something like this, but if the Officer chose to move from that State they would not be covered and that my friend violates their right to the pursuit of happiness and freedom to live where they choose, sometimes because of health reasons. Most of us are already military vets who have served honorably in the US Armed Forces but we have for whatever reason chosen to continue to serve locally. Nobody is asking to anything that they have not earned and earned with their blood anymore than the US Military Vet has. They very much deserve to be treated well and taken care of should they become injured. We owe it to them. Are those that Serve in the US any less deserving? Remember that a Military Vet does not have to see combat, ever go outside the USA or even get hurt carrying out his military duties but he is taken care of for life is he/she should be injured. I think this only fair. All we are asking is to be treated along similar lines that if we are killed or crippled in the performance of our duties to the Citizens of the USA that we are cared for and not abandoned. BTW Why are you a former Police Officer? Did you not have the commitment to serve your fellow man?

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