Defend America's Heroes
  • Petitioning Stephen Nitzschke

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Stephen Nitzschke
Florida State House
U.S. Senate
Florida-005
State Rep. Marti Coley
Florida-01
Rep. Jeff Miller
Florida-14
Rep. Kathy Castor
Alabama
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Florida-16
Rep. Vern Buchanan
Florida-09
Rep. Alan Grayson
Florida-001
State Rep. Clay Ingram
Florida-002
State Rep. Mike Hill
Illinois-08
Rep. Tammy Duckworth
Florida-02
Rep. Steve Southerland
Florida
Gov. Richard Scott
Florida-03
Rep. Theodore Yoho
California-50
Rep. Duncan Hunter

Defend America's Heroes

    1. Elizabeth Langlais
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Langlais

      Land o' Lakes, FL

The epidemic of soldier suicides is specifically troubling. Troops are disciplined for minor infractions, with otherwise excellent records prior to mental health issues, facing disciplinary action and significant punishment, which is extremely detrimental to their well-being and dishonors the very same
organizations who sends them to war, only to turn their back on them. Troops face harrassment every single day by the very leaders that are supposed to protect them.  My daughter has been harassed for well over a year by members of her chain of command and most recently demoted, taking the last bit of dignity she had. This did nothing but exacerbate her illnesses and send her into financial turmoil with the severe pay cut the demotion resulted in. This is what our troops deserve? This is how they are treated? Unfortunately, yes this is how they are treated.

This Marine fought hard for her country and as a result will have serious medical and mental issues to deal with for the rest of her life. Many veterans are currently facing the same issues and this will only increase over the coming years. Harassment is one of the main reasons troops do not usually willingly seek out mental health treatment. Otherwise perfectly good soldiers, once problems arise and they are no longer of use, the military systematically disciplines them, and discards of them as damaged goods. They are thrown to the wolves. This type of treatment is being investigated by Congress as we speak.

The military discipline system needs to change. There is absolutely no reason why the military should be allowed to operate such a system that sends troops off to wars and then disciplines them for symptoms directly caused by mental health issues incurred in the line of duty. Military commanders should not be allowed to abuse their authority. Troops should not have to deal with harassment. Troops should not have their careers ruined.

This is a disgrace.
I cannot stand by and let this happen any longer, my daughter deserves better. Our heroes deserve better. Please support my cause.

Elizabeth Langlais

Mother of U.S.Marine Sgt. Renee Langlais


 



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    • Brenda Johnson CHANDLER, AZ
      • 5 months ago

      as a Marine Mother - I have seen the results. those who need treatment won't ask because of the stigma caused.

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    • John Swetland BUFFALO, NY
      • 5 months ago

      We protect our protectors

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      • 5 months ago

      I've personally seen too many soldiers coming back and not getting the help they need...instead they are harassed and cut loose with no recourse for their health problems....

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 8 months ago

      Hello!

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

      Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

      Here's why it's important:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.

      Thanks!

      A PITT

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 8 months ago

      Hello!

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

      Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

      Here's why it's important:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.

      Thanks!

      A PITT

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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