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house Bill H.R. 3834

Should First Responders Who Died of 9/11-Linked Health Conditions be Eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor?

Argument in favor

This is a commonsense bill that recognizes the sacrifices of first responders who died of illnesses stemming from their work at Ground Zero responding to the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Brian's Opinion
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09/27/2018
This is a commonsense bill that recognizes the sacrifices of first responders who died of illnesses stemming from their work at Ground Zero responding to the 9/11 terrorist attack.
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Argument opposed

While it may be well-intended, first responders who died of health conditions stemming from their work at Ground Zero responding to the 9/11 terrorist attack shouldn’t be eligible for the medal.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/26/2018
The 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor was a one time act to honor the 442 officers who died in the line of duty during the attacks. I’m not saying those that we lost to lingering complications much later on shouldn’t get something, just not this. This posthumous award was for people who died THAT DAY.
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  • EnactedNovember 3rd, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed October 11th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed September 26th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedSeptember 26th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 3834?

This bill would make eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor any public safety officer who participated in the response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and died because of such participation as a result of a World Trade Center-related health condition.

Impact

Public safety officers who died from health related conditions from participating in the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3834

A CBO cost estimate unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Joseph Crowley  (D-NY) introduced this bill on Sept. 26, 2017  to recognize the heroism of public safety officers who responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and subsequently died of 9/11-related health conditions:

“The Medal of Valor is but a small token of appreciation for the bravery and strength of the men and women who sacrificed their lives answering the call in our nation’s darkest hour.  We lost hundreds of public servants that day, but many more have since been taken from us, succumbing to 9/11 related illnesses. They too are heroes and deserving of this recognition. America has not forgotten them and we are eternally grateful for their service.”

This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and has the support of 31 cosponsors, including 26 Democrats and 5 Republicans.


Of Note: The 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor was first awarded on September 9, 2005 to 442 public safety officers who were killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2001.

The original Medal of Valor was created through an executive order by President Bill Clinton. Before the establishment of the Medal of Valor, there were no federal awards to specifically acknowledge the heroic deeds by public safety officers throughout the U.S.


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Summary by Tyler Taggart

(Photo Credit: DMZ111 via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017

Official Title

To provide that members of public safety agencies who died of 9/11-related health conditions are eligible for the Presidential 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor, and for other purposes.

    The 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor was a one time act to honor the 442 officers who died in the line of duty during the attacks. I’m not saying those that we lost to lingering complications much later on shouldn’t get something, just not this. This posthumous award was for people who died THAT DAY.
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    This is a commonsense bill that recognizes the sacrifices of first responders who died of illnesses stemming from their work at Ground Zero responding to the 9/11 terrorist attack.
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    They gave their lives, n a more poignant way, than others. Their sacrifice, suffered over years, should be recognized equally!
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    This is a commonsense bill that recognizes the sacrifices of first responders who died of illnesses stemming from their work at Ground Zero responding to the 9/11 terrorist attack.
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    I saw the site of the towers a week after. The dust, the chemical smell is in my memory after all these years. The responders were truly brave patriotic individuals who deserve recognition
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    Yes that I was a tragic moment.
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    Yes of course. They selflessly ran into a dangerous situation to help innocent people. They should be honored and remembered.
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    After seeing my friends and past patients slowly die from injuries received in Vietnam, I can wholeheartedly support this.
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