Re: [owcp] Important: PLEASE READ (and Respond, if possible)
- My problem has been mainly that no one at the Department
of Labor has ever even heard of Lariam and typically they
aren't used to dealing with complicated psychological
problems. Often, they will refuse to pay one doctor or
another because they can't see how a panic disorder
relates to eye problems (although they are both related to
the brain damage that Lariam causes) or something like
that. While the Peace Corps doesn't like to deal with
Lariam, at least they have heard of it. I can't see how
to document this problem, though. -- Felicia
> I spoke with Josh Blumenfeld and two of his colleagues
> (all from Senator
> Dodd's office) on November 7. They are going to make some
> inquiries on
> our behalf, starting with the offices of Senator Gregg and
> the Peace
> Corps Inspector General.
> What I need from YOU are copies of letters that you have
> received from
> Peace Corps or OWCP that demonstrate just how unhelpful
> those agencies
> are. For example, I'm going to submit to Senator Dodd's
> office a recent
> letter from Michelle K. Brooks, the Director of Peace
> Corps' Office of
> Congressional Relations, in which she states:
> " ... Given that Mr. Clark's claim is an accepted claim,
> the Peace Corps
> cannot provide any further assistance. At this point in
> the process, we
> can only recommend that he follow up directly with DOL."
> This is precisely the type of brush-off that members of
> our group have
> gotten from Peace Corps over and over again. (I realize
> that I'm
> preaching to the choir!)
> I am aware that you may possess letters that contain
> information that you don't want to release. If that's the
> case, please
> consider whether you could black out the personal
> information and leave
> the tone of the letter intact.
> Many thanks. We need to act--and act now.
- Hi Andy,
This appeal for information has little to do with my personal case.
Rather, I'm trying to respond to Senator Dodd's request for
documentation from all of us that demonstrates how unresponsive Peace
Corps (and OWCP) is to our needs.
I'll expand on this in my upcoming reply to Felicia.
--- In email@example.com, Andrew Sterioff <apsterioff@...> wrote:
> Have you tried the Inspector General of the Department of Labor.
Their e-mail address is: hotline@... and their phone number is: 1-
800-347-3756. I had limited success in getting my claim expidited.
> Andy Sterioff
- Hi Felicia,
There are a number of ways to document our issues. The one that is
preferred by Senator Dodd's office is a paper trail; i.e., letters from
Peace Corps (and/or OWCP) that demonstrate the agency's unwillingness
or inability to help us. If letters are unavailable, or fail to show
the whole picture, then written accounts of our experiences would be
helpful. This anecdotal approach is best if it is detailed, on point,
and supported by contemporaneous documents (e.g., notes taken while
talking to OMS, claims examiners, etc.).
The bottom line: Provide what you can. Even if it is limited, it is
vastly better than nothing at all.
What you've written below is helpful, and I will forward it to Josh in
Senator Dodd's office. If you could elaborate on "Peace Corps doesn't
like to deal with [the Lariam issue]," that would be wonderful. For
example: Who did you speak with at Peace Corps? When? What did they
say? Did they help you in any way? Were they willing to advocate for
you when you were dealing with OWCP? (And anything else that you think
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Felicia" <felicia@...> wrote:
> My problem has been mainly that no one at the Department
> of Labor has ever even heard of Lariam and typically they
> aren't used to dealing with complicated psychological
> problems. Often, they will refuse to pay one doctor or
> another because they can't see how a panic disorder
> relates to eye problems (although they are both related to
> the brain damage that Lariam causes) or something like
> that. While the Peace Corps doesn't like to deal with
> Lariam, at least they have heard of it. I can't see how
> to document this problem, though. -- Felicia