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Legislation to Overturn Feres Doctrine Moves Forward

The Feres Doctrine unconscionably bars active-duty military personnel from filing claims against military doctors and other health care providers for medical malpractice. Federal lawmakers have begun to recognize the injustice inherent in the Feres Doctrine and have drafted a bill titled the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act to overturn the rule. In his latest post to the Norfolk Injuryboard, my colleague Rick Shapiro notes with approval that the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has sent the bill to the full House for a vote. Rick also calls on the Senate for swift and positive action on the bill.

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Time sensitive: Please forward this e-mail to everyone you know! Remembering the meaning of Veterans Day. Remembering our Soldiers. Remembering the People. As Veterans Day approaches, November 11, 2009, for some it's a day of honor, for others it's just a day off from work, and for many businesses a veterans day sale! It is, in fact, a day of remembrance. One honoring all those who have fought and died for our country, and for showing gratitude and respect for those who are currently fighting and dying for our country. Those people are your fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends, relatives, somebody you know or even yourself. You are receiving this letter because we know that you are going to act on it and to do the right thing in response. U.S. Military Health Care has a law called the Feres Doctrine that does not allow military doctors to be held accountable for negligent care. That means that if you or a loved one is seriously injured because of military medical malpractice that you are pretty much S.O.L.! NY Congressman Hinchey's Bill; The Carmelo Rodriguez Military Malpractice Accountability Act of 2009 H.R. 1478 and NY Senator Schumer's sister bill S. 1347 will change that! These Bills have a great chance of being voted into law very soon, but only if everyone of us tells our congressmen and senators that we, their respective constituents insist that they at the very least vote in favor of these bills or better still become cosponsors of the bills. That's all you have to do! LET THEM KNOW NOW that you support the bills too! We've made it so easy for you to follow through. Here's how. 1. Attached to this email, you will find The Veterans Day Proposal and a Petition for all of you to sign. Have everyone you know sign it too. We would like to collect as many signed petitions by the 25th of November, so please hurry. Even if you don't live in Oregon, send your petition to us and we can get it to the right place. 2. Also please CALL your senators and congressman and have everyone you know do so as well on Veterans Day. Let them know where you stand on this issue! There is information on finding your Congressmen in The Veterans Day Proposal. 3. Please PASS this email onto your friends and families. We need to make and impact on November 11, 2009 4. Please visit for updates and additional information. Thank you for making Veterans Day 2009 the day you can truly say "I supported the troops!" "I supported our veterans!" "I support the lives of people I care about!"
by November 5, 2009 at 11:53 PM
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