Thank You

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~ David Thomas
Thank you to the following:

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP
President, Institute for Safe Medication Practice
  • For being the first person to lend credibility to the tragic circumstances that resulted in the death of MSG Kinamon by validating that an avoidable mistake was made.
  • For using MSG Kinamon's story to educate others about the proper uses of medications and the heartbreaking real life consequences of making mistakes.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer  
  • For being our first media contact and keeping tabs on the effects of MSG Kinamon's story.
  • His August 27, 2007 article, "The Dangers of Drug Patches Overlooked" that appeared on the front page of the LA Times, finally confirmed the tragic and unnecessary loss of MSG Kinamon's life due to the disregard of multiple published warnings by MSG Kinamon's physician - a confirmation the family was hoping to receive from the military and the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.  

David Mattingly, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360 Correspondent; Chuck Hadad, CNN, Producer; Daniel Ruetenik, CNN

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  • For appealing to the Supreme Court in a case involving the death of Air Force Staff Sgt Dean Witt. They are attempting to do what 25 attorneys that I spoke to would not.
Congressman Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
  • For authoring H.R. 1478 to hold the military accountable for non-combat related medical malpractice resulting from the use of military medical facilities by active duty servicemembers. Other members of Congress were contacted, but you took action. 

  • For designing my "Custom Engraved" Bracelet. It reminds me that my brother's death will not be in vain.

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  • For recognizing the depth of love we feel for our brothers and sisters and the consequent grief felt at their passing. Aside from our parents, our siblings are the only people who have known us for our entire life.
TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors),
  • For the support system you provide through online chats, seminars, retreats, publications, meetings, etc.

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  • For hitting the nail on the head.
  • For your support of our Troops.

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." ~ Albert Pike