His former partner got to the table and began to tell the room about the man David Booker is. What kind of officer he was? He asked them where the humanity was. I would like to know that too.
Dave gets up to leave and the media starts to move too. He has captured the attention of the room for many reasons. The emotions are high and the words spoken of him are ones to be admired.
We say goodbye to a very tired Dave and we head to lunch.
We come back to a very nasty CLERB Protest. A blog for another time. But Sydney runs in to Mr. Robinson and he tells her the Bookers insurance is taken care of and everything will be fine. Sure enough I go ask and he says yes indeed, Dave now has disability and she will be able to take the individual plan with a 70% subsidy. I am momentarily confused until my Facebook feed blows up and I see the video at the beginning of the blog. As of this blog it has been seen 40,264 times and shared over 750 times. Negative press in an election year! Heaven Forbid!
I call Kim after a long meeting filled with more angry emotions. I am so glad Dave left and that many of my cop friends weren't there. Again, another blog for another day. Kim said, "now that didn't take long!" I said not in an election year and after watching the raw video myself I can see this is damaging and they are doing damage control. The problem is that when Kim called HR they told her a different story. They said October 1st, everything could change and that nothing could be finalized without the city council and they did not believe Kim could stay on the individual plan as promised. Needless to day, we are keeping our meeting Thursday.
The Bookers want to relay this message. They want everyone to have the benefits they were promised.
"I would like to say that by no means do Dave and I think we are "the only ones" and expect special treatment. All long we know and pray for families that are worse off than us, we know that there are officers and families that during an illness the security of ones home is the only life they have and with Dave's illness - his home is his life. We have all long wanted the city to be fair to all, to be able to put their head down at night and not worry about "is it going" to change again. If you are a caregiver you have enough to worry about, if you are pre 65 and still raising a family you should have the right to give your family the comfort and security that was promised to you. I have been told so many this and thats since last summer I am truly looking forward to seeing on paper what healthcare with cost we will get and I think everyone out there is entitled to what Dave said today "I just want to home while I still have one". Our city have put a value on so many "projects" that seems to be "What we the city needs" so you get it, when if we have to change our lifestyles the city should too and above all one's life is priceless. One last thing coming home after settling Dave down and having a prayer for our city, our leaders, our men and women in uniform and families that are suffering and the people who are our voices, Dave says, do I get to keep my house, I replied Yes honey you do but will they raise it again like last year, I said I hope not, THEN he says what about those of officers will they get to keep their houses." Kim Booker Via Facebook
I want to thank Mike Matthews who went out of his way to make sure Dave's story was told. He even contacted the Mayor's office himself and posted the correspondence. He is determined to get this man's story heard and for that I cannot thank him enough. He is doing battle behind the scenes for the retirees and that makes a responsible media and that is not to be taken for granted. Thank you so much for your hard work and your Kindness.
"The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:6 This morning this is the first verse I seen for my devotion. Wow. God does have a way of always calming my fears (I just have to give him the control) If I understand right, Dave's medicare kicked in July 1. We are thankful because the 3 1/2 years he worked as a county electrical inspector before being laid off made him eligible for medicare, but it was a 3 year battle and lots and lots of doctor reports to get him that. So he has medicare, I will not be in the spousal carveout and receive 70% insurance 30% me, I am not sure what deductibles are, I will meet with Mr. Robinson in the morning. I was told on the phone a couple of weeks ago that with his medicare I would still have to fall under the FAMILY PLAN because he was the retiree and I was the spouse, even with the medicare and at that time I would be looking at premiums of $1650.00 or WHAT EVER the city voted on, I was told it was a wait and see, they COULD not for sure tell me anything else. I told I was grandfathered in and when I mentioned that the person said will I don't know anything about that and that TOO could change. So now after yesterday I am OK, I am not unappreciated,I am but I will have a couple of questions, there are others of you out there that did your job, and have medical problems with both spouse and the retiree, or a child, why, why do we one by one have to be put thru this. Many of you know Dave's medical condition and his home is all he has, his security. Other things in life do not "come" to play in his life (except his TV). His brain only knows HIS home and he does not process what he once was able to do and I know that there are others loosing something can effect their medical condition greatly. I don't know how much longer I will have my DAVE, slowly each day things change, I have been told that by years' end I would have to have him put in a nursing home because I will not be able to care for him. I will keep him for as long as I can do him right. We need our home now for what life he knows and what good memories we can make. I also would like to know if every May/June/July/August this going to be an ongoing heartbreaking time in our lives. My heart breaks for you. the men and women in uniform now how this is affecting you and your families as you plan for your future, and my heart breaks for you who have retired and did have your future planned. Things happened in life that we have no control over such as illness to make our path change but what we earned to help with that path change WE should have control over, value human life over city projects, pilot plans, use OUR money for what was promised to us in our contracts. I pray that "The LORD is my helper, I will not fear." will prevail for all our fellow officers, and the city will do EVERYONE RIGHT. "Hear O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, by my helper" Ps. 30:10
Thank you all for your care and concern and most of all your prayers, I will continue to help others in their fight, Dave is just one Life story, as I have said before God is Good, Dave does have a heart, a heart for the men and women in/retired and service and thru it all he loves Memphis and HE WANTS TO LIVE.
Our prayers are with you all, Love Kim and Dave Booker