Congress: Rescind Insulting Document Against Veterans and Apologize
  • Petitioned Jeff Bjornstad

This petition was delivered to:

Chief of Staff to Patty Murray
Jeff Bjornstad
Chief of Staff to Bob Filner
Dan McFaul
Chief of Staff to Richard Burr
Chris Joyner
Chief of Staff to Jeff Miller
Tony Buckles
California-51
Rep. Juan Vargas
Florida-01
Rep. Jeff Miller
North Carolina
Sen. Richard Burr
Washington
Sen. Patty Murray

Congress: Rescind Insulting Document Against Veterans and Apologize

    1. Jay Breneman
    2. Petition by

      Jay Breneman

      Erie, PA

In a recent -- and rare -- joint letter, Senators Murray and Burr, and Representatives Miller and Filner, insulted and disgraced those that have served the United States.

In this letter they -- who are tasked with protecting the benefits earned by America's military men and women -- stated that they are open to any cuts to veteran benefits.

Additionally, the letter stated that they "...believe no constituency better understands the challenge America faces, and no constituency is better suited to, again, lead by example by putting country first..." and accept cuts in their benefits.

As Chair of the Congressional "Super Committee," Sen. Murray has unprecedented influence to cut such funding without having to answer for it, and both House and Senate Veteran Affairs Committees positioned America's veterans as deserving to be victims of such cuts.

Veterans already face higher rates of unemployment and homelessness than the average American, and struggle to reintegrate into society after so many years of war. Thousands of these men and women have come back with significant injuries, while also remembering those comrades of theirs that did not make it back.

More than an error in judgment, they have shown callousness, and demonstrated just how disconnected they are from America and the brave people that have served.

Fewer than 1% have served in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. More than 11,000 of these veterans were homeless in 2009 (and thousands more veterans of earlier wars). 84% of veterans feel that America does not understand the problems that they face, and this panel of Senators and Representatives prove just that.

Tell these elected officials to rescind the letter, now!

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Recent Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Comprise Larger Share of Homeless

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      The HUD-VA study noted that while recently discharged veterans make up only about 5% of the nation's veteran population, they constitute nearly 9% of all former servicemembers who are homeless.

    3. Veterans More Likely to Die in Car Accidents, Congress Wants VA Benefit Cut

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are 75% more likely to die in car accidents than the general population. Historically, veterans have had increased fatalities following their service. Vietnam vets were twice as likely to die in crashes than non-veterans, and Gulf War veterans had a 30% to 50% greater risk of dying in crashes.

      Meanwhile, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL), and Representative Bob Filner (D-CA) believe that "...no constituency better understands the challenge America faces, and no constituency is better suited to, again, lead by example by putting country first..." and take benefit cuts.

      They want America's veterans to sacrifice more, and be the first ones to do so. Are they fit to represent our veterans in Congress? After their recent letter, it is hard to believe.

    4. Petition Supporters Reach Important Milestone

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      The first 100 signatures on any petition are always the most difficult, but the message has carried far and wide to veterans, their families, friends, and supporters, all of whom decided to stand by the few American's that have answered the call to serve our great country.

      I thank you, and sincerely appreciate your support and dedication.

      Meanwhile, the four senators and representatives that wrote and supported a blatant slap in the face to veterans, have yet to face serious consequences for having volunteered America's veterans for greater sacrifice.

      The solution? Share this petition on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and word of mouth, for all to see! Continue the fight to support those that already gave so much!

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. VFW Calls on Super Congress to Preserve G.I. Bill

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      On Friday, the VFW sent a letter to the co-chairmen of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or Super Congress, asking the committee to preserve the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefit.

      This step was necessary after Senators Patty Murray and Richard Burr, and Representatives Jeff Miller and Bob Filner, pledged that all veteran benefits were "on the table," and that veterans should "lead by example" in way of cuts.

      Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is Chair of the JSC "Super Committee," and Chair of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

      Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is the Ranking Member of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

      Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) is the Chair of the House Veteran Affairs Committee

      Representative Bob Filner (D-CA) is the Ranking Member of the House Veteran Affairs Committee

    7. Rep. Filner Turns Off Comments On His Facebook Page After Veteran Outcry

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      Days after being repeatedly questioned for his stance on cutting Veteran benefits, and for stating that Veterans should lead by example by taking cuts, Representative Bob Filner (D-CA) removed some of the comments and shut off the posting and commenting options on his Facebook page.

    8. Veteran Homelessness Skyrocketing, Congress Believes They Deserve Cuts

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, women make up a growing number of homeless veterans, a group usually associated with combat-hardened men unable to cope with civilian life. Homelessness among female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has increased every year for the last six years - from 150 in 2006 to 1,700 this year.

      According to Senators Patty Murray and Richard Burr, and Representatives Jeff Miller and Bob Filner, these veterans should lead by example and take cuts in benefits. Additionally, these elected officials have stated that ALL benefits are "on the table."

    9. 10 Signatures Shy of 100

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to the 89 of you that stood by our veterans, and called upon Congress to apologize and rescind their insult against the men and women that have served. We are now only 10 signatures shy of 100, and it is VITAL that we make these 4 senators and representatives answer for their offensive actions!

      I urge you to get the message out there! Post it to Facebook and Twitter, and send out emails. If nobody will stand for the minority of men and women that have answered our nation's call for service, then surely these out of touch and callous elected officials will have their way.

    10. DAV’s Letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      The Disabled American Veterans organization sent a letter to the 'super committee' stating "while we recognize the difficult work facing the JSC to make reductions in federal spending, we believe it would be irresponsible to target cuts at those who have already sacrificed so much for their country."

    11. Reached 50 signatures
    12. On Facebook, Rep. Miller utilizes backtalk to sanction his actions

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      In reply to outrage by a veteran to Rep. Miller's letter, Rep. Miller stated that he is both "open to cuts ANYWHERE in the government" ... and that his priority as Chair of the House Veteran Affairs Committee is to "ensure earned beneficent remain secure" ... by which he means that he intends to cut those benefits, and though he is open to all cuts, it is clear he expects veterans to "lead the by example" as his letter put it and take the cuts he and his bipartisan cohorts are planning on.

    13. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Thomas Reinert PACOIMA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I think it's disgraceful to suggest that the veterans are the 1% that should be asked to sacrifice. There is 1% that should sacrifice, and everyone know who they are. It isn't the veterans. Any Senators that signed or supported the joint letter should be forced to resign immediately.

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    • Kenneth Strait ASHLAND, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      ," Sen. Murray has unprecedented influence to cut such funding without having to answer for it,..." Conversely, perhaps the good senators can justify then why their pay and benefits never fall victim to cuts. Veterans AND their families HAVE sacrificed much! When do the uncaring and self serving in Washigton take their turn?

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    • Chief Parker PIQUA, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      I've paid my dues. Now it is time for the billionaire hedge fund managers to pony up.

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    • Ryan Grasher HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because thes people have no business being in charge of anything. Veterans need to be on this comitee.

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    • Steven Smith CAIRO, GA
      • almost 3 years ago

      SGT Smith, Steven, US Army, Veteran of Iraq x2 and Afganistan. Thank you congress for showing the balls to send us to war and then turn around and slit our throats from behind. You might as well say any service member who comes home with missing body parts they need to pay for it themselves. How bout you all stop hiding behind your desks and send yourselves or your own children to war.

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