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9-11 Elisha Zion Peace Foundation

 911 Pentagon Attack Survivors Elisha & April Gallop
9/11 Pentagon Attack Survivors April and Elishia Gallop
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"He was there for daycare and
   Elisha Zion Gallop is the only child to survive the 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon. Eight children died in that attack, but somehow, Elisha, the miracle baby survived. Elisha's was just 2 months old on September 11, 2001 when tons of concrete, office furnishings and debris fell on him during the attack on the Pentagon.

    His injuries included hearing loss and developmental delays due to a head injury. Although Elisha's injuries will likely interfere with his ability to take his rightful place in society the 9/11 Compensation Fund does not consider him to be a "real victim." Consequently, they do not not believe that he deserves compensation. Such compensation would allow him to have the benefit of "Early Intervention" and other such remedial services to help him catch up with and keep up with his peers. 

instead ended up fighting for his life."

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911 Pentagon Burning
9/11 Pentagon Burning
April & Elisha were inside

Wounded Elisha
wounded Elisha in the arms of a stranger following the 911 Attack of the Pentagon
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 Ignoring her own injuries
9/11 Survivor April Gallop's Purple Heart
she helped other wounded to safety

 

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"April had just turned on her computer 
when the plane hit. She was 
accustomed to unannounced 
security drills, but this was different; 
very different."
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"A Universe of Loss and Recovery 
for 9/11 Families, Survey Shows" 
NY Times, 9/7/04

For Whom The Bell Tolls
  "Almost half still have a hard time getting
a good night's sleep. A few said they no 
longer flew on airplanes. About a third 
have changed jobs or quit. About one in 
five have moved since 2001, and a fifth 
of those who still live where they did on
Sept. 11 would move if they could. Very 
few who lost a spouse have remarried."
   September 11, 2001 was April Gallop's first day back at work from  maternity leave. Elisha  was sitting in his stroller at his mother's desk when the airplane slammed into the Pentagon. On that fateful day April had been ordered to get a document from her computer for her commanding officer before taking Elisha to the Pentagon Child Care Center. 

     April had just turned on her computer when the plane hit. She was accustomed to unannounced security drills, but this was different; very different. The noise was like nothing she'd ever heard. It was deafening; it was so loud that it stopped her in her tracks. Then, in the next moment she found herself and Elisha being blown across the room by the concussive force of the explosion. 

    As she flew through the air she caught a glimpse of the horrendous fire ball that consumed unlucky co-workers. Then the lights went out and April loss consciousness. Sometime later she woke up to the sound of Elisha's cries. In spite of the darkness, smoke and the mounds of burning debris she was able to locate Elisha. Drawing on super human strength borne of such crises petite April pulled Elisha out of the rubble and carried him to safety.

    Ignoring her own injuries she helped other wounded to safety for which she has been duly nominated for a soldier's medal. Once she reached safety she fainted and Elisha tumbled into the arms of a bystander, a stranger,  who commandeered a passing vehicle and escorted them to George Washington Medical Center. 

    In the chaos and confusion of the days following 9/11 she was mistakenly reported dead on arrival (DOA), and Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL). While the record identifying her as DOA has been corrected, the record that lists her as AWOL has yet to be corrected in the 3 years since 9/11. 

  That erroneous record continues to interfered with her ability to receive the Soldier's Medal for which she has been duly nominated  for heroism in the face of extreme danger. While others were running away to save themselves, she took time to pull others from the rubble. 

     It seems that the medal is hung up in some bureaucratic snafu. This snafu has also interfered with her ability to receive relief funds from the military and private charities. It seems clear that this situation is a microcosm of the larger problem that created the conditions that allowed the terrorists to succeed in the 911 attack. 

    That is, somebody in the chain of command makes a mistake and fails to correct the record, and people up the line fail to check out the facts and they close ranks around the mistake. From that point the initial mistake takes on a life of its own and leads to continually unfolding series of tragedies. 

     This young single mom lives from eviction notice to eviction notice. Her child was deemed to be in need of early intervention, but 3 years later this innocent child has not received the care that he needs and deserves. Cannon Fodder - They sacrifice, and we turn a blind eye. I hope it hasn't come to that. Her experience as a 9/11 Pentagon survivor is chilling, and as a survey published in the 9/7/04 NY Times shows, is by no means an isolated case. 

    Despite her considerable difficulties April continues to reach out to others the Elisha Zion Peace Foundation promotes the needs of those who have fallen through the gaps in the safety net of the 9/11 relief agencies. 9-11 EZP Foundation has taken a proactive, leadership role before congress, institutions and policy makers regarding disaster preparedness and disaster relief. 9-11 EZP Foundation has spent hundreds of hours working on behalf of survivors and families. Through our programs, the EZ Peace Foundation ensures that  those  who have suffered disabling injuries due to the 9/11 attacks will not be left behind. 

    A medical board found April Gallop unfit to return to her duties as a soldier. Consequently she was forced to give up her career and her dream of attending officer's training school. Her partial disability rating has resulted in a drastic reduction in her income. Her military pay was her family's main source of income. She was the breadwinner. When this single mother survived the horrors of the attack on the Pentagon, she had no idea that she would spend the ensuing years fighting for her life in a bureaucratic morass.