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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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    Editor

    over 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    As an FYI, this is a proposal and is not law.

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    Law1955

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    My husband has been disabled oin a line of duty accident and he never got anything but a hard time the goverrment doesn't recognize the civil servants who put their life on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice in a different way.. I am sorry to say that it is harder on a family to watch the pain and suffering year in and year out.

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    FormerCar03

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    This is great news for all law enforcement! But i also have a question,i am a former dispatcher, court house security and road deputy,i have under 5 years service, after making the move from court house security to road deputy i worked on the road for a total of around 1 year before attending the full acadamy course, around 3/4 way through the academy i landed on my neck during a traing exercise, to make a long story short i had my first back surgery to remove disc tissue from my lower back and returned to my sheriffs dept and worked on the road for 3 months before returning to the academy, Before returning to the academy a second time to finish out my training i reruptured 2 discs in my lower spine, causing more nerve damge in my left leg,2 more surgerys, and a nerve stimulater implant later i am told i will never be able to work in law enforcement again,i am 30 years old, i have a wife and 3 small children, will this cover my family and myself?

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    4barE

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    over 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

    almost 6 years ago

    566 Comments

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

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    dburns

    over 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

    almost 7 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

    almost 7 years ago

    6 Comments

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

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    rodeo_96915

    almost 7 years ago

    6 Comments

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

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    gerpet1964

    almost 7 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

    almost 7 years ago

    14642 Comments

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

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    Robocop33

    almost 7 years ago

    14642 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

    almost 7 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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