9/11 Remembrance

by Robyn Hatch

Dennis Groulx and Channel Simard, waiting for the event to begin

On September 11, 2009, the Salem Fire Department on Main Street held a Remembrance Ceremony, including a prayer given by Father Paul Ruzzo.

On September 11, 2001, on a beautiful fall-like morning, four commercial aircrafts that were taking off from airports in the Northeast were hijacked by terrorists.  At 8:46 a.m., one of these jets flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City; at 9:05 a.m., a second jet flew into the South Tower.  At 10:05 a.m., the South Tower collapsed; at 10:28 a.m., the North Tower collapsed.  This event was witnessed by hundreds of firefighters rushing towards the Towers to perform rescues — many never returned.  In all, almost 3,000 civilians, 343 firefighters, and 72 police officers were killed in the attack.  Terrorists also crashed planes into the Pentagon building and, due to the courageous efforts of brave passengers, into a field in Pennsylvania.

To remember all who were lost in those terrible few moments, let us never forget what happened.

Flag to half-staff by 2 members of the duty crew

Moment of silence with Fr. Paul Ruzzo

MSI Mechanical Systems Receives Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve

Mr. Brian Hooper, Vice President of MSI Mechanical Systems, Inc. (right) was presented an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support.  David Follansbee, an Employer Outreach Volunteer made the presentation at MSI’s 10-12 Delaware Drive facility in Salem.

The Statement of Support confirms that MSI joins other employers in pledging that:  We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA). 

Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.  ESGR is asking all New Hampshire employers to review and amend their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law (USERRA).  Many state and local employers provide ‘Above and Beyond’ support to current and former members of our military services.  These companies deserve tremendous thanks.

In accepting this recognition, Brian stated “It’s the very least we can do to show our support of the men and women who serve in today’s military forces.  I feel as though it is my responsibility to help those who are currently serving.  We are very happy to show our support”.

MSI joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces.  By accepting this Statement of Support, MSI is sending a clear message to the employment community that they are true Patriots.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972.  The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through informal mediation.  ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors.  More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil, or by calling Jim Goss, Executive Director of the New Hampshire ESGR Committee, at (603) 225-1342.

Mother Searching Help for Sick Son

by Robyn Hatch

Sean William Corey

This is being written because Patricia Corey, a Salem resident, needs some help.  Because so many of you Salem residents have contacts, please take the time to read this and offer any help if possible.

Sean William Corey was born on March 19, 2007 and diagnosed with severe bilateral hydronephrosis (dual kidney failure), posterior urethral valves (PUVs), extrinsic obstruction of his right ureter, reflux ephropathy,

azotemia, hypertension, a compromised immune system, and a heart murmur.

Sean’s chronic kidney disease is extremely rare and degenerative.  Both of Sean’s kidneys are severely damaged.  His decreased kidney function required bilateral percutaneous nephrostomy tubes at birth and ultimately an ureterostomy (which requires constant wound care).  Sean’s chronic kidney disease has led to many significant medical complications requiring extensive care.  He has been approved for the HC-CSD eligibility (Home Care for Children with Severs Disabilities), also known as Katie Beckett.  However, Patricia has already had a 26-month battle with trying to obtain medical services and supplies for Sean, and the battle is becoming even more difficult.

 Patricia has been unable to return to work because Sean’s care is demanding and no local care facilities in NH or MA will accept Sean.  Patricia also manages Sean’s care as a single parent, as his father quickly abandoned him.  Every care facility contacted by Patricia has turned Sean away.  Sean currently has an ureterostomy and special medical needs.  No local facility will accept the liability of care for Sean’s ureterostomy and medical conditions, not even for just a few hours a day.

Sean was approved for the ‘In Home Support Waiver’ grant on March 10, 2009; yet, as of today, Sean has not received a single benefit from his waiver.  Patricia was advised that an individual from Region 10 placed a “hold” on Sean’s grant for “another review” even though Patricia has waited almost 24 months for the grant and the State approval.

There are many agencies in the State of New Hampshire that provide services and benefits for children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs.  These same agencies do not provide equal health care benefits for children with special medical needs.  The population of children with chronic illnesses and special medical needs is neglected with regards to healthcare benefits.  Children with chronic illnesses and special medical needs DO NOT receive equal healthcare benefits as do children with developmental disabilities and special needs.

  There is no bureau of special medical needs or chronic illnesses under Health and Human Services, yet NH has bureaus for behavioral health, developmental services, adult and elderly services, community-based care services, alcohol and drug policy, and more.  Who cares for children with chronic illnesses and special medical needs?  Human intelligence and science have evolved to save infants with chronic health problems — patients who historically would not have survived.  Patricia was advised that 20 years ago Sean would not have survived past the first three days of his life.  Why hasn’t the healthcare system evolved to address and provide equal care and benefit to children with chronic illnesses and special needs?

  Forty-three care facilities and not one will accept Sean, not even for a few hours.  How is Patricia supposed to return to work?  Who cares for Sean so she can return to the workforce?  Prior to Sean’s birth, Patricia was an executive advisor, management consultant, and faculty scholar who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA in Management from Georgia State University.  Patricia has been running a non-stop marathon for the past 26 months caring for Sean and trying to prevent him from progressing to end-stage renal disease.  She would like the opportunity to return to the workforce, yet no local daycare, childcare center, respite care center, or nanny service will accept Sean.  She feels she is not the only parent in this tuition; hence, there has to be a solution.  The healthcare system needs to evolve to provide equal care and benefits to children with chronic illness and special medical needs.

Please, if anyone out there has any suggestions, any contacts, or can help, please contact Patricia Corey at PO Box 961, Salem, NH 03079, (603) 858-5721.

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