People are always saying, you should write your Congressman, or call the news papers, believe me I have, so just to make it clear, here is a list of people and organizations I have reached out to.
The New York Army National Guard Line of Duty Office: In the first couple of years they stated that they did not have a program set up for the soldiers injured or who got sick at the World Trade Center. Later when they did they said my case was well known and should not be that difficult to process. Than the man who was heading that up left and all of a sudden, they knew nothing of me and my case they would have to look into it. After about a year of that I called my congressman, and all of a sudden it was an even bigger problem. Now it is we are working on it. When can I expect an answer? We don’t know, because we have a lot of new claims to process. But I have been waiting 11 years! We understand, we have to send you to the doctor, and talk to legal. Okay when will that happen? We don’t know.
The New York National Guard JAG office: two years ago, said I should have been awarded the Purple Heart or a state medal for my injuries, and should contact me Congressman to help, Congressman Israel and State Senator Own Johnson received a letter from the Personnel Office of the National Guard saying I should not get it, so they dropped it without even looking at the regulations. Have sent them emails since the paper work for my line of duty is suppose to be in their office, have not heard back from them in 2 years.
The National Guard (HQ). Sent a letter and 3 emails. No reply
Congressman Steve Israel. Emails and phone calls. Talked to the National Guard and they said they would rush it. That was 2 years ago, and now that he is in a new area, I have to reach out to my new congressman.
Senator Charles Schumer: Emails and a letter, no reply
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Three emails, no reply
President Barrack Obama, three emails and a letter, no reply. Which I dont understand, in the past when I wrote presidents I would at least get a generic letter that they love helping soldiers, and did I see what they are doing for the environment.
ex-Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, emails, no reply
Hillary Clinton, three emails and a letter, no reply
State Senator Owen Johnson. Three emails, a letter, 12 phone calls, and walking into his office before he replied, now he is leaving office and can care less.
Newsday, New York Times, New York Post, Long Island News, Fios1 Long Island, News 12 Long Island, no reply
Washington Post, said they would ask someone at the National Guard Association for guidance. That was back in August, no reply since.