National Medal for Healthcare Workers & First Responders

National Medal for Healthcare Workers & First Responders

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Clifford Catania started this petition to Federal Government and

I propose that a Corona/Covid Crisis National Medal be issued by the Federal Government to all Healthcare Providers and First Responders who will have served during this Pandemic. As a practicing Emergency Room Physician, I know well the sacrifices of my friends, colleagues in the Emergency Department, as well as Police and Ambulance squads. The recent outpouring of support for First Responders and Healthcare Workers has been tremendous. But like certificates and diplomas, sometimes a concrete form of recognition symbolizes the special effort. That is why I am proposing a National Medal for those who sacrificed and gave during this COVID crisis. In the Army and Civic Services, medals are given as a token of thanks. I think our Federal Government should issue Corona/Covid Crisis medals to all Healthcare Workers and First Responders. I would be very proud to own and display such a concrete honor for my work in helping others. In fact, there can be 3 versions of the medal: Bronze for having served during the crisis; Silver for those who became infected while serving; and Gold given to the families of those who died doing their duty. This would mimic the "gold star" put in the window during World War 2 by parents for a son who died in war. The name and type of service for each provider can be engraved on the medal or upon its rim. It will be crafted by an experienced medal/coin designer selected by a Government Committee which will choose the best entry. The government will give these free to the Responders or their Families with a certificate from The Health Secretary and POTUS. Other than World Wars, there have been few crises of greater magnitude. While in war, soldiers are specifically-trained and given heavy equipment for battle; in this case, Healthcare Workers and front-line First Responders are now doing the job purely with grit, perseverance, and rationed equipment. We must honor and thank them in a very concrete way! Therefore, our Federal Government should gratefully bestow such tokens to all of our New Heroes. Please sign this petition so that it will reach the proper authorities and make this plan a reality. Thank you. And stay safe!

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