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CONTACT: Dana Loncar
October 3, 2018
First Responders Announce Support for
Worked Across the Aisle on Bipartisan PTSD Law
Orlando, FL – Today, Mike Miller’s Campaign announced the endorsement of the Oviedo Professional Firefighters, Local 3476.
“Mike has worked tirelessly to support first responders and ensure we can receive the same benefits for PTSD as they can for physical injuries,” a letter from the firefighters stated. “He listens and understands the challenges we face every day. We are proud to support his campaign for Congress and look forward to him representing us in Congress! Thank you again for your dedication to our first responders, the letter concluded.”
Also, on Monday, a law that allows first responders in Florida to receive workers’ compensation for PTSD went into effect, thanks to the bipartisan efforts of Rep. Matt Willhite (D) and Rep. Mike Miller (R) during the 2018 Legislative Session.
In 2017, Rep. Miller filed an amendment to workers’ compensation legislation that removed the requirement that claims could only be filed for physical injuries sustained on the job. After the Pulse nightclub shooting, Rep. Miller heard from first responders suffering from the effects of PTSD and were unable to return to work after the tragedy. Unfortunately, the comprehensive legislation did not make it through the session, but Rep. Miller remained committed to solving this problem. The following year, Rep. Matt Willhite, a first responder himself, decided to file Rep. Miller’s amendment as a free-standing bill, and the two legislators worked to ensure its passage.
“Mike Miller and I may be on opposite sides of the aisle, but I am proud of what we accomplished for first responders in our state,” said Willhite. “This is how we get things done in Tallahassee, and I know Mike will always be committed to making the lives of first responders paramount,” he concluded.
“Providing relief for those suffering from PTSD is one of the issues I am most proud to have been a part of in Tallahassee,” said Miller. “Working alongside Democratic colleagues, like Rep. Willhite, is how I will continue to work in Washington.”