“George Word says his wife, Connie didn’t get the health care promised by the State Department when she suffered a debilitating brain injury. Connie Word is in a persistent vegative state. She has been for 6-years, but her husband says were it not for the negligence of the federal government, Connie could have had a nearly full recovery from her brain injury and a chance at a normal life.
George wants accountability from the state department, something his U.S. senators have been able to help him get, despite their repeated efforts. While Connie Word is fighting for her life, her husband, George, is fighting one of the most powerful bureaucracies in the world, the U.S. State Department. Connie suffered a heart attack while George was serving as Chief Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 44-year-old was walking the couple’s children to the school bus stop when she collapsed.”
So George hired an attorney to help determine his rights as an employee. Turns out, the state department does have an avenue for disputing denied payments. It’s called an administrative review. All decisions are final as foreign affairs manual says there are no appeals. George was able to get an administrative review. The department decided they wouldn’t pay for Connie to go back to Baptist, but they would pay for her nursing home expenses, on one condition.
(Word) “Out of a humanitarian gesture, the State Department is willing to pay for Connie’s nursing home care for the rest of her life if you’ll sign a non-disclosure statement, more or less saying this never happened, and just walk away.”
Against the advice of his attorney, George refused the offer and instead went to his senators for help, who immediately started writing letters on George and Connie’s behalf.
George says despite his refusal to sign a non-disclosure, the State Department continues to pay for Connie nursing home care, though he say’s he has no idea how long that will last.