[Ohio-talk] Email messages needed today and tomorrow

barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 16:17:36 UTC 2016

The legislative team at the National Center has asked us to write to Ohio members of the House Armed Services Committee to urge them to include our Space Available bill, HR 2264, in the National Defense Authorization Act, the NDSS. We have two members. Michael Turner of Dayton, and Brad Wenstrup of Cincinnati. Richard and Deborah should already be at work urging their chapter members to write messages to the two aides. But I don’t think it would hurt to have the rest of the state jump on the band wagon. The aides are Jessica Calia in Turner’s office and Lisa Collins in Wenstrup’s office. Their email addresses are 
Jessica.calia at mail.house.gov <mailto:Jessica.calia at mail.house.gov> and 
lisa.collins at mail.house.gov <mailto:lisa.collins at mail.house.gov>.  Here is my message to Ms. Collins. You can use it as a model, changing the things you need to. Please let me know what you have doe.

Thanks, and now here is my message:

Dear Ms. Collins,


At the Legislative Director of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio, I am reaching out to you to ask you to urge Mr. Wenstrup to fight for the inclusion of HR 2264 in the NDAA in the deliberations of the House Armed Services Committee. These 100 percent service-connected-disabled veterans deserve to be included in the Space Available Program. They have made a significant sacrifice for their country. Their earning power has been significantly decreased, and they need this perquisite. After all, their younger colleagues disabled after September 1993 are already included in the program. Justice demands that Congress do the same for them.


I urge you to do everything you can to see that Mr. Wenstrup presses for their inclusion.


Thank you for your consideration,


Barbara Pierce 
President Emerita
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
Barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you zwant; blindness is not what holds you back.

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