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Update on where we are now

Keep this moving around. Eventually it’s going to fall on the right ears.

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Thank You to Everyone!!

Here is my latest video. I promise this one is a lot shorter than the last one.

LINKS! People to CONTACT on Paul’s Behalf!

Want to write the Ellen Show?

http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=10

Sign a PETITION?

http://www.change.org/petitions/va-health-administration-approve-for-paul-klemm-to-receive-clinical-trial-meds-for-his-cancer

Share Paul’s YouTube Video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEfwlea7TAk&feature=share

Visit our local Congressmans Facebook Page and write a recommendation?

http://www.facebook.com/#!/BlakeFarenthold

Contact our local news station?

http://www.kristv.com/contact-us/

Write our local news paper?

e-mail them at webmaster@caller.com

Contact Fox News with a news tip?

e-mail them at  foxnewstips@foxnews.com

Need pictures to share so they can see an otherwise STRONG and HEALTHY 45 year old man being sent home to DIE by the VA? Use this one!

   Want them to see he is the FATHER of 2 beautiful children? Rachel (18) and Daniel (14). Let’s not forget Rachel lost her biological mother to cancer when she was 9 years old. Saving her fathers life is IMPERITIVE!! She should NOT be left without her father simply because we can’t afford the bill!! The VA needs to take care of this VETERAN and his FAMILY!

Want to write your Congressman on Paul’s behalf? HERE’S HOW!

FROM OUR VERY GOOD FRIEND RALPH GOONAN! WANT TO WRITE A LETTER ON PAULS BEHALF? HERE’S HOW!!

I sent this letter yesterday to Blake Farenthold and forwarded it to several friends in my network for them to send to their own representatives. In case you need a pre-written letter to pass on to your friends, feel free to use this one. Let them know they can look up the contact info for their own representatives at http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ ——–

July 17, 2012 The Honorable Blake Farenthold

2110 Rayburn House Office Building

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Farenthold,

I understand that members of Congress rarely receive constituent letters that express anything other than a complaint. I wish this letter were different. Please know that I certainly sympathize with how you must constantly listen to gripes and complaints from the citizens you represent. I thank you for your time and attention.

My good friend Paul Klemm of Portland, Texas, is a 10-year Navy veteran. His time of service included operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He served his country with honor and distinction. A native of Ohio, his Navy service took him around the world and ended with an assignment to Naval Station Ingleside. He remained in the area after his service, working as a financial expert, real estate agent, and as an amateur and semi-professional musician.

In 2011 he was diagnosed with ampullary cancer, a rare form of cancer whose victims are usually in their 70s (Paul is in his mid-40s). With the economic downturn forcing him out of the real estate business, his insurance with Veterans Affairs was his only coverage. The VA covered his initial treatments and surgeries, but eventually all treatment regimens approved by the Food and Drug Administration were exhausted with no improvement. Clinical trials are now his only hope for survival.

MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is willing to consult with Mr. Klemm and likely take him on as a patient. However, the VA is refusing to cover non-FDA-approved treatments. MD Anderson is now requiring Mr. Klemm to pay for any consultation and ensuing treatments up front, out of his own pocket. According to his most recent correspondence with MD Anderson, the consultation alone would cost over $14,000. The treatment cost will likely dwarf that amount.

It is appalling that a veteran like Mr. Klemm who served with such distinction would be denied VA coverage for treatments that may very well save his life. On the medical front, there is still hope. There may be several clinical trials being conducted at MD Anderson that could prove successful. Money seems to be the only barrier to finding out for sure. And it appears it’s not even an issue of money — rather, it’s an arbitrary rule that prevents the VA from covering the cost of treatment plans that have not been approved by the FDA. This is a rule put in place by Congressional decree. And if Congress has put this rule in place, it can remove it — or at least provide a way to prevent such rules from needlessly obstructing access to life-saving treatments.

Please take notice of Paul Klemm’s predicament. He maintains a blog detailing his experiences. One entry in particular sums up his current situation nicely. He has also made a YouTube video detailing his difficulties. The links are: Blog entry: https://littledogdiaries.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/what-now/ YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEfwlea7TAk&feature=player_embedded

No doubt you are aware that the VA has had difficulties providing the coverage and care that our honored veterans have earned for serving the United States. This is one case where bureaucratic difficulties can mean the difference between life and death.

Thank you for your service in Congress, and thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

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My Plea for help!!

A Plea for Help!!

This is a link to the video that I uploaded to Youtube the other day.  I will continue to load more videos updating everyone on what is happening.  I promise to keep them shorter from here on!

My thanks to everyone!!

Paul

MD Anderson says “Come On Down!…but bring that CHECKBOOK!”

Well, I spoke to someone from the Clinical Trials Department at MD Anderson and they are very happy to meet with us for a consultation….as long as we bring a check with us for $14,500 to pay for it….yes, you heard me right…14 THOUSAND 5 HUNDRED DOLLAR$!! And that’s ONLY for the consultation. If accepted into a study we will have to pay for all services up front since the VA won’t cover clinical trials. She said Medicare/Medicaid may pay for “standards of care” which include labs, basic x-rays (NOT CT scans or pet scans or any of the medications) so that would save us about $15,000 per cycle but the rest we have to pay ourselves. So if someone has an extra $250,000 laying around we might actually get to save my husbands life. Oh yea, no financial aid and no payments plans….payment in FULL upfront.
The bottom line to all this is we need to strong arm the VA into paying for this. It’s OBSCENE that they are sending an otherwise perfectly healthy 45 year old father of 2 home to die because they refuse to pay for clinical trials. Sorry sir, we know you served your country for 10 years of your life but hey, we did the 2 treatments that are FDA approved and they didn’t work so sorry, you are done….
We need anyone and EVERYONE with any connections to the news media, within the VA system or with MD Anderson to make some calls and write some letters. Even if you have no connections, write your local congressman, senator or VA representative! Write Oprah or Ellen or SOMEONE! I can’t even believe this is happening all because of $$MONEY$$!!!

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