Petition to Support Officers in Newtown and Connecticut Suffering from PTSD

I just received an email form Sgt. Sofia Gulino from Norwalk PD, Connecticut asking for our support with a petition to expand workers compensation coverage in Connecticut for workers diagnosed with PTSD. This is your opportunity to help your brother and sister officers in Newtown, all of Connecticut and perhaps set a precedent for making changes in the way we support officers with PTSD around the United States.

Since 12/14/12 Sgt. Gulino has been co-piloting a fund raiser for the Newtown CT police officers that responded to the Sandy Hook Massacre. Some of these Officers have been unable to return to work as a result of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Others show up, but leave when overwhelmed. On the table now is Senate Bill 823 to change the way we support people with PTSD.

If Senate Bill 823 passes, workers compensation coverage would be expanded to cover all individuals diagnosed with PTSD as a result of witnessing the death or maiming of another human being, such as the Officers in Newtown. I believe EVERY officer should sign this bill, as well as their family and friends.

She and I are humbly requesting that you sign or share a petition to support this bill. The town of Newtown is NOT backing the bill or their own officers. We need to be our brothers keepers. Most Officers have no idea that this bill is even on the table. They deserve… to have their voices heard. This law could potentially affect all first responders nationally.


CLICK HERE to sign the online petition at

Please CLICK HERE to contact Sgt. Gulino for more information.

It appears as if this bill will presented this coming Wednesday March 6, 2013. Anyone who can sign the petition would help push this in the right direction.

You can also contact Linda Antignani, who started the petition by CLICKING HERE.

Additionally, everyone should stop by their Facebook page, “Adopt A Sandy Hook/Newtown Cop Program“. Linda has been raising money, 100 percent of which has been turned over to Newtown PD Union President Scott Rusczyk.

While the officers out as a result of PTSD (they used all their sick time etc) their pay is being covered/supplemented by an account we are contributing to. There are different items for sale there, to support these guys.

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