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Ever had to call on Rep. C.W. Bill Young? Share your story

One thing U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young's office has excelled at has been responding to constituents. Tell us, readers, do you have such a story to share?

Here's mine:

When my nephew Anthony's Marine unit was heading to Afghanistan in January 2011, he called my sister, who is a doctor in Portland, Ore. He asked her if she could get her hospital to donate some medical supplies because he was alarmed that they were rationing supplies like burn cream.

My sister was naturally flabbergasted and sent out the word to the whole family to call their local Congress members to get them more medical supplies.

My sister's congressman in Oregon never did return her phone call and she got a form letter to her email a week later. But when our sister Ellen wrote an email to Young's office, she had a phone call within the hour and the next morning my nephew was in a general's office.

"You aren't in trouble, son," he told him. In fact, he thanked him. When the head of the House Appropriations Subcommittee calls, you can bet the situation gets looked into.

The next day, Chadwick L. Maxey, Young's military legislative assistant, sent an email to my sister saying, "We have been assured that the unit will receive medical kits in Camp Leatherneck. Your son's unit is very well prepared."

Needless to say, this made a worried family feel much better and we were very happy when our Marine returned home safely a year later.

So tell us readers, do you have a similar story to share? Add to the comments section below and we may use it in our coverage in the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday.

Ever had to call on Rep. C.W. Bill Young? Share your story 10/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:58pm]
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