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  • Petitioned President Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand (D) NY, Joe Wilson (R) SC, Thomas R. Lamont and SGM Byrd

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Armed Services Committees and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
President Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand (D) NY, Joe Wilson (R) SC, Thomas R. Lamont and SGM Byrd
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

"One EVERY 65 minutes" Demand EQUAL Access to Military Treatment Facilities the Reserves Components

    1. Aundrea Hunt
    2. Petition by

      Aundrea Hunt

      Temple Hills, MD

"When we are losing more Soldiers (Reserve Component) to suicide than the Afghanistan war, it is an epidemic" -Suicide and the Military © by Amy Menna, Ph.D., LMHC, CAP & Gift From Within

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The most extensive study yet by the U.S. government on suicide among military veterans shows more veterans are killing themselves than previously thought, with 22 deaths a day - or one every 65 minutes, on average http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01/military-suicides-us-veterans_n_2602602

In July 2012, the Veterans Administration (VA) reported that 18 VETERANS a day will commit suicide and 950 per month will attempt suicide. "Suicide No. 2 cause of death (those still serving) in the US Military" http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-06-13/military-suicides/55585182/1

What are the mortality rates for the untreated/under-treated National Guardsmen and Reservists waiting to access VA Care that were eligible for care through Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) and Tri-Service Medical Care (TRICARE)?

National Guardsmen and Reservist are systematically DENIED access to the Health Care Benefits that they EARN. Despite the fact that the DOD created Medical Treatment Programs to ensure EQUAL access and standardization of treatment;National Guardsmen and Reservist are routinely Released From Active Duty (REFRAD) WITHOUT any of these criteria being met. www.armyg1.army.mil/wtu/docs/WTUConsolidatedGuidanceAdministrative.pdf
 
Medical diagnoses, access to care and treatment at these Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) is often based on the Service Member's Service Component Affiliation (Active/Guard/Reserve) and NOT the current DOD policy for assessing and treating the injury/illness.http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-08-09/army-suicides/57096238/1

When every physician in these Soldier Centered Programs begins an appointment with, "Are you (Active/Guard/Reserve) ?" Disparities between treatment are difficult to ignore and easy to explain. National Guardsmen and Reservist, remain misdiagnosed and untreated/under-treated" for what may potentially be life altering/threatening illnesses.

Given the current argument by DOD for keeping the "Feres Doctrine", when obligatory moral and professional Medical responsibility fails there is little regulatory incentive to bolster those shortcoming. http://www.stripes.com/news/the-argument-for-keeping-the-feres-doctrine-1.173370

A Service Member, that knows the regulations and has a supportive Senator or Representative, may wait several months to years before their Medical records are corrected and they gain access to the Health Care and Benefits that they EARNED.

It has taken me MORE than 1 year 5 months 13 days from my redeployment from Afghanistan to correct parts of my Medical records; I am one of the "success stories".Most Service Members WILL NOT gain access to THEIR benefits.

Army National Guardsmen and United States Army Reservist wear the SAME uniforms, support the SAME missions, EARN the SAME Health Care."Demand EQUAL Access to Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) and TRICARE in accordance with current DOD Policy.

 

 

 

 

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Volunteers Wanted to get the word out about their Medical Experience

      Aundrea Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Full name:
      Current/Retired Rank:
      Branch of Service:
      Active Duty, Guard or Reserve:
      Date Released from Active-Duty (REFRAD):
      Date Referred To Medical Board (if applicable):
      Date Medically Retired or expected date of retirement (if applicable):
      Medical Condition Referred For:
      Explain the quality of care you received:
      Was your health condition pawned off onto the VA (if so explain how):
      Any other pertinent information you feel will expose the quality of
      care received:

      This is tedious and mundane BUT in order to facilitate change,
      issues have to be presented to the public and policymakers. PLEASE consider sharing your story. Also,
      feel free to ask me any questions. I look forward to hearing from you

      I have attached a link to the facebook group where you may provide answers to these questions and request information and support for the quest for Medical Care. Please feel free to join us

    3. S!O!S! launched the "Save Our Service Members" page on facebook

      Aundrea Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Please join us in sharing updates and personal stories on the battle for gaining equal access to Medical and Mental Health Care for National Guardsmen and Reservists at the Military Treatment Facilities that were established to treat ALL Uniformed Service Members.

    4. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • 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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    • Jason Bartlett RIVERSIDE, RI
      • over 1 year ago

      Transgender people are banned from joining the military. Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/transmilitary We need as many people as possible to support this cause in order to show the government this is an important cause. "Don't ask don't tell" isn't over yet. The military still discriminates against transgender people. Don't ask don't tell only affected sexual orientation. Gender Dysphoria is now the classification in the DSW medical book so the military has no reason to discriminate based on the fact that a mental health diagnosis can prevent transgender people from serving in the military. Unfortunately, at this time they can prevent transgender people from serving in the United Stated military. Here are some articles about it: The New DADT: The Military's Ban on Transgender Service: http://outservemag.com/2012/01/the-new-dadt-the-militarys-ban-on-transgender-service/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/10/for-transgendered-soldiers-dont-ask-dont-tell-carries-on/264225/

      My dad always dreamed of me joining the Coast Guard. As a kid, like passing by, he'd be like "[Jason], that’s the Coast Guard. They pay for school and its fun." So, it stuck. Passing by the Coast Guard with my dad was just as important as going to a nature walk with him, because he was concerned about my future, and those times I’ll never forget. Please sign the petition to help his dream and mine for other transgender people come true.

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    • Jean Dismuke CLEVELAND, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      No distinction in treatment for all who serve our country. These men and women sacrificed a lot to keep America free. Freedom is not free; there's a price which must be paid, the returning wounded is evident of the price in humanity we pay. TREAT THEM FAIRLY.

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    • Larry Reid ANTIOCH, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a Vietnam veteran I know that all who serve in combat zones need help later. Do this!

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      • almost 2 years ago

      Because our veterans come home wounded in many ways. PTSD, and the like, are some of them. It goes untreated and ignored as an essential part of coming home and living an fruitful life in a world they were deprogrammed from.

      If left without help (tey deserve!) whole families and thus whole generations are affected.

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