on this day 10/25 2001- It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.


1415 – In Northern France, England won the Battle of Agincourt over France during the Hundred Years’ War. Almost 6000 Frenchmen were killed while fewer than 400 were lost by the English.

1812 – During the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.

1854 – The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.

1870 – The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.

1881 – The founder of “Cubism,” Pablo Picasso, was born in Malaga, Spain.

1917 – The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.

1929 – Alber B. Fall, of U.S. President Harding‘s cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.

1939 – “The Time of Your Life,” by William Saroyan, opened in New York.

1951 – In Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days.

1954 – A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.

1955 – The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.

1958 – U.S. Marines withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon. They had been sent in on July 25, 1958, to protect the nation’s pro-Western government.

1960 – The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company was introduced.

1962 – U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence to the United Nations Security Council. The photos were of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

1962 – American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

1971 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China.

1983 – U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded  `Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada’s Communist (pro-Cuban) government.

1990 – It was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney that the Pentagon was planning to send 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.

2000 – AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).

2001 – It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.

Approve my Myoelectric Prosthesis


November 2, 2016, I had a traumatic amputation of my left hand. I lost my hand while trying to put out a firework with water. I didn’t know that a firework with a wax fuse could not be put out with water, the water actually accelerated the explosion. Exploding my whole hand. I am amputated at my wrist.

Prior to the accident, I was in my third year studying Industrial Technology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I was an active member of the Pride of Acadiana Marching Band and could play almost every brass instrument, guitar and piano. I also loved to cook and workout. Not only did I lose the ability to do the things I love but I also lost the ability to do things I need to care for myself.

This will be the first year I will not march in the marching band. Because of this, I lost my band scholarship that paid for my housing in college. I thought I would have a prosthesis by now, but due to ongoing issues with our health insurance, my life has been put on pause. I am covered by my Step- Father’s insurance plan (United Healthcare) and my secondary insurance (Gilsbar) provided by my Father.  United Healthcare is saying it is not medically necessary, even though my Doctors and Occupational Therapist all say I would thrive with the Bebontic (myoelectric) prosthesis and is medically necessary. With as much insurance as I have you would think I wouldn’t be having so many problem. My secondary says they can’t pay because my primary insurance is saying it’s not medically necessary; even though a team of doctors who know me and treat me say it is.

I am back at college and trying to manage life as best as I can. I struggle with everyday things like tying my shoes, brushing my hair, dressing , cleaning and cooking. There is a list of things I can not do without assistance. Not to even mention how difficult my engineering classes are in college cause I need two hands. A basic body powered hook is not going to give me the grip patterns, and the ability to control how hard or soft I hold something.

Having this prosthesis would give me my independence back. This prosthesis would boost my self confidence and optimism toward the future. Which I truly believe would dramatically improve my quality of life and the ability to take care of myself.

My Mother and I have been fighting with my insurance for over 9 months to cover what they are supposed to cover. I just want my life back.

This petition will be delivered to:

on this day 10/25


1415 – In Northern France, England won the Battle of Agincourt over France during the Hundred Years’ War. Almost 6000 Frenchmen were killed while fewer than 400 were lost by the English.

1812 – During the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.

1854 – The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.

1870 – The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.

1881 – The founder of “Cubism,” Pablo Picasso, was born in Malaga, Spain.

1917 – The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.

1929 – Alber B. Fall, of U.S. President Harding‘s cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.

1939 – “The Time of Your Life,” by William Saroyan, opened in New York.

1951 – In Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days.

1954 – A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.

1955 – The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.

1958 – U.S. Marines withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon. They had been sent in on July 25, 1958, to protect the nation’s pro-Western government.

1960 – The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company was introduced.

1962 – U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence to the United Nations Security Council. The photos were of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

1962 – American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

1971 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China.

1983 – U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada’s Communist (pro-Cuban) government.

1990 – It was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney that the Pentagon was planning to send 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.

2000 – AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).

2001 – It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.