Thanks so much for sharing the tips and experiences. They are
helpful. I'll try to use the ones that I can. Unfortunately I won't
be able to schmooze with the aides who will be doing the bulk of the
work. They are in Washington, DC and I am in NH. I do have a
caseworker who is semi-local with whom I have a good working
relationship. She's expecting the letter and will get it to the
right people in Washington. I trust her to move things along.
Our request is being made on behalf of all RPCVs with service-related
injuries or illnesses. Since I don't want to emphasize certain
conditions at the expense of others (or even appear to be doing so)
I'm going to pass on your suggestion of using "Taken As Directed"--at
least for now.
--- In email@example.com, "jeanne lese" <jlese@...> wrote:
> I have a few ideas about the letter. We know from experience that
> can be helpful allies. Because of one Lariam survivor's personal
> Senator Dianne Feinstein of CA became an ally. This man started
> aide at his local office. Eventually he met the senator in
> couple of times. She asked for and received more than 100 letters
> Lariam victims in several states. She wrote 6 official letters
> (to Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, the CDC, FDA, etc.).
> only got letters since this happened before the Dems had a
> the Press Room at www.lariaminfo.org/.)
> 1. Start with pointed cover letter -- one page highly desirable.
> 2. For details, stories, backup info use appendices, prefaced by a
> what's there.
> 3. Use numbers (as you do) and bullets for quick comprehension. Cut
> 4. When it's ready, plan before you send. Call to get the name of
> in your senator's local office that handles PC or Workers Comp
> Always call and write to this same aide. You want them to remember
> 4. Rather than sending, ask for a meeting with that aide and hand
> the letter. If there are two people from NH, go together. Have a
> notes. Get names, ideas for next steps.
> 5. I would highly recommend one more thing. At the end of the
> the Peace Corps section of "Taken As Directed," a documentary about
> (Arrange for this ahead of time.) Tell them exactly how long the
> This visual will reinforce most of the points in your letter. Leave
> and ask the aide to watch the whole thing. Maybe others in the
> watch it-- ultimately maybe even the senator.
> If you are interested in Taken As Directed, let me know off list
> buy it. See the website for a film clip and background.
> www.takenasdirected.com/ .
> Jeanne Lese
> Co-director, Lariam Action USA, www.lariaminfo.org
> Co-producer, Taken As Directed, www.takenasdirected.com