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Clarity Update and a Call to Action (Netflix users needed)

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by Deety, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Deety

    Deety GO BUCKS! Staff Member

    Clarity Update and a Call to Action

    Those of you who have been here for years have a sense of what Will has gone through, not only in dealing with his medical conditions but also in getting a diagnosis or access to medical care without one.

    For those who are not familiar with the situation, Will's immune system is systematically attacking and in some cases severely damaging his lungs, liver, sinuses, central nervous system, and connective tissues. His symptoms make simple activities many of us take for granted extraordinarily difficult, and it is nearly impossible for him to leave the house even for a visit to a nearby doctor save in very carefully controlled, limited circumstances. While his condition keeps him from posting as much as we would all like, he directs most of his available energy into building, updating, and maintaining the site behind the scenes on a daily basis.

    Here is Clarity's thread from the 2006 drive. Please take a moment to look at it - this is where things stood at that time, with no diagnosis, no medical care to help figure it out, not even consensus that it was all connected. Two years later, in 2008, Congress mandated that the Marine Corps notify former base residents of Camp Lejeune of a serious water contamination issue affecting a couple generations of Marines and their dependents.

    Today, in large part with BP's help and support, Will has a diagnosis, limited access to medical care, and at least some of the questions finally have answers.

    Semper Fi: Always Faithful

    MSNBC recently aired a documentary detailing the contamination and the work former Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger has done to bring the issue to light. Here is where you can find information about the documentary, which is discussed in this thread.

    Semper Fi: Always Faithful - MSNBC page
    Semper Fi: Always Faithful - Documentary page
    Netflix
    iTunes ($9.99 purchase)
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Semper-Fi-Always-Faithful/dp/B006YMLR9Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1326824452&sr=1-1"]Amazon[/ame] ($3.99 rental, $9.99 purchase)

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szjk8TKE_Hw"]SemperFi: Always Faithful - YouTube[/ame]

    Call to Action

    Here is the legislation that would be essential for opening up the availability of medical services to Will and many, many others affected by the contamination:

    H.R.1742 -- Janey Ensminger Act
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.1742.IH:

    Please take a moment and support this legislation. The links below make it easy to do so, and it's very important.

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  2. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    You can send your Congresscritter and both Senators in your state a letter asking that they support the House Bill and S 277 the sister legislation in the Senate via Open Congress. I just did and I urge all members of this site to do likewise.

    And Deety - I'll be getting a 2012 ribbon the old-fashioned way, once PayPal is straightened out. :wink2:
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  3. jlb1705

    jlb1705 I'm on a bloodbuzz. Staff Member Moderator Bookie

    Done. The Open Congress link makes it easy. They give you a lot of message building options and pull the contact info for your representative and both senators just by entering your zip code. I copied the sample letter from semperfialwaysfaithful.com into Open Congress and sent it off. It also gives you an option to post your letter to Twitter and Facebook so you can help spread the word to people outside of BP.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012
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  4. fanaticbuckeye

    fanaticbuckeye Rule number one, I'm number one.

    Done.
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  5. Basebuck

    Basebuck In Texas..

    Done.
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  6. localyokel

    localyokel Allergic to Kool-Aid

    Done. Also linked the docu & Open Congress site on facebook.
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  7. Folanator

    Folanator Brawndo's got electrolytes...

  8. southcampus

    southcampus Go Bucks

    done.
  9. Deety

    Deety GO BUCKS! Staff Member

    Big news!

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  10. jwinslow

    jwinslow You know... not... GOOD! Staff Member

  11. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye The OSU Armory 1897-1958

    Great news!

    I assume BP subscriptions will now be reduced to $49 (regularly $77)?
  12. Fungo Squiggly

    Fungo Squiggly Too confusing to be offensive

  13. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

  14. colobuck79

    colobuck79 tilter of windmills

    Awesome! Better late than never!
  15. Taosman

    Taosman I'm a reflection of the community.

    This has been a long time coming and it's great to see people step up and get this done.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2012

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