Help our 9/11 First Responder Families: We Need Tax-free Pensions Now
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My husband was a 9/11 first responder. Over the years, many ground zero first responders have fallen ill due to their exposure to toxic substances. Some of the first responders, like my husband, retired PRIOR to showing severe signs of work-related illnesses and have since taken on second jobs to supplement their regular taxable pensions.
Now my husband has become ill, we're fearful that our family’s financial future is in jeopardy. He’s afraid of losing his current job due to the time off he must take to deal with medical conditions that will plague him for the rest of his life. He needs a tax-free pension now.
He’s attempted to collect his disability pension, but has been denied -- on multiple occasions -- despite showing tons of documentation that his illnesses are 9/11 related. Social Security Disability Insurance is also extremely difficult to get. It requires years of applying, waiting, denials, and appeals. Our families simply can’t wait for benefits that may never come. We need financial relief now.
Anyone who worked at ground zero or any ancillary dumping sites -- and is now showing signs of toxic-exposure related illness -- should be eligible for a tax-free pension. This means more money to support the 9/11 first responders who put their lives and health on the line to serve and their families.
Please sign our petition and help families of medically disabled 9/11 first responders like mine get the tax-relief they deserve. Our first responders need tax-free pensions now!
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