Support SPC Kyle Sebring
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Support SPC Kyle Sebring

    1. Theresa Schuhmacher
    2. Petition by

      Theresa Schuhmacher

      Mt Pleasant, MI

Prevent an honorable, decorated combat soldier from being unjustly stripped of his rank, his deserved pay and all future military benefits (education, medical); prevent future mistreatment of American soldiers injured during combat.

Kyle Sebring is a United States Army soldier who has served two tours in Afghanistan. SPC Sebring, is a wounded warrior, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Chronic Kidney Problems that began as a result of his first deployment. His military Lieutenant Colonel is pursuing to dishonorably discharge this warrior for an event directly related to, and caused by his scars of war.

SPC Sebring was admitted to a German hospital where he was being treated for Kidney stones. His anti-depressants were withheld by his commanding officers, he was in a great deal of pain, and was under the influence of heavy IV pain killers. Additionally, SPC Sebring was given medical advice from two German doctors to drink a few beers to help pass the stones. Drinking the two beers at the hospital was the last thing SPC Sebring remembered. SPC Sebring blacked-out and left the hospital during a PTSD related flashback. As a result of this incident, he is being charged with misconduct and a Chapter 14 Discharge for, “leaving his place of duty.”  (His place of duty was the hospital.)

SPC Kyle Sebring has already been unjustly demoted in rank and therefore salary, as a result. He had to pay fines for his so-called 'misconduct'. He has also been repeatedly denied medical care by his unit and has been forced to seek civilian medical attention on numerous occasions. Sebring faces harassment on a daily basis from members of his unit. A Chapter 14 Discharge would eliminate all benefits he has worked for and deserves, such as furthering his education and his medical (VA) benefits.

SPC Sebring’s medical doctors believe he should be honorably-medically separated from the United States Army due to the severity of his combat related medical problems.

SPC Kyle Sebring has selflessly served his country since September 2006. He has served with honor, integrity and valor, receiving multiple awards and commendations for his service. In exchange for his dedication, Sebring deserves to be restored to his proper rank of 'Specialist E-4 Promotable'. He deserves to be reimbursed for lost wages and unjustly imposed fines. He deserves to receive prompt and appropriate medical attention when needed for his combat-caused medical problems. He deserves to further his education and continue to receive medical treatment after seperation for the Army. He deserves to heal, both physically and mentally, from the wounds of war.

SPC Kyle Sebring deserves to be honorably discharged.

 

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. HALF-WAY!

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      We are half-way to our goal in only 19 days! Congratulations to all who have signed and to all who have clicked the "SHARE" button repeatedly. Can we get to our goal in just a month? We can with your continued support! Thank you :)

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Pressure Critical!

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached over 1500 signatures! Thank you! Because of you, our Congressman continues to investigate and military leadership are feeling the pressure of your support! It is important that we make a dramatic impact in the next few days. Please continue to "share" this petition and encourage others to sign. Thank you, again, for your continued support - we could not do this without you!

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Need for Signatures Critical

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters -
      A thank you from our family goes out to each and every one of you - I don't think we will feel we could ever thank you enough! We need your help and support more now than ever - we need to reach our goal of 5000 signatures by Tuesday. Please help spread the word and encourage everyone you know to sign this petition. It is absolutely CRTICIAL that we reach this goal by Tuesday. Again, thank you for all you have done already and all you continue to do to show your support!!

    7. Support Continues!

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      1250 signatures now! Thank you to each of you for taking the time to sign this petition and for all of the suggestions/shares to friends and family. Our family truly appreciates all of your support.

      Update: a third mental-health professional diagnosed Kyle w/ severe PTSD & mild-moderate TBI. Both psychiatrists & the psychologist agree that Kyle should be 'medically-honorably' discharged & have made that recommendation to unit leadership. It is now in the hands of the LTC. (Similar cases have taken years to resolve.)

      Mrs. Sebring interviewed live on the radio show, "What Every Veteran Needs to Know" (February 6 http://itunes.apple.com/​podcast/​what-vets-need-to-know/​id280339430) & Kyle's story is now featured in the Porcupine Press online edition & will run in their March/April print edition (http://upmag.net/?1422). Rep. Dave Camp-MI recently inquired of Mrs. Sebring and is currently becoming familiar with Kyle's case.

      Slight progress! Keep the momentum going! Thank you!

    8. 1,000 Signatures Reached!

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      Kyle's story is starting to get noticed - keep the momentum going strong! Please suggest all of your friends and family sign this petition...and 'like' our Facebook page. Thank you for your continued support!

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. 750 Signatures!

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks, again, to each of you. Please help us keep the momentum going strong by sharing this petition with all you know and urging them to sign. Also, if you haven't visited the page on Facebook yet, please stop by and 'LIKE' us! Thank you!!

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. 408 Signatures in our first 24-hours. Thanks, everyone!!

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      You continue to make a difference. We've gotten our congressman's attention, now let's convince him to take action!

    13. 10 hours since creation = 257 signatures!!

      Theresa Schuhmacher
      Petition Organizer

      The support is wonderful. Thank you, again, to all who have signed. You are making a difference! You can also show support on our Facebook page.

    14. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Amber Davis TROY, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      W“leaving his place of duty.” (His place of duty was the hospital.)

      hy is this important to you?

      That's the reason why. Why would do that? What to make a false example out of him or to insult him more? It's really the military Lt. C I think who should be stripped down a rank and found out why he kept his man in pain.

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    • Aundrea Hunt TEMPLE HILLS, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Many Service Members are being denied access to critical care and benefits that they've earned..Please Sign the Petition to support care in accordance with current DOD policy http://www.change.org/petitions/us-senate-and-house-enforce-equal-access-to-medical-mental-health-care-for-guard-reserve-iaw-current-dod-policy-when-does-suicide-become-an-epidemic

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    • Alan Parker LEBANON, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Viet Nam vet and have a lot of heartburn with the way our soldiers are being treated today. I thought that kind of thing had ended with us. Restore his rank, give him his back pay and give him an honorable medical discharge, but don't treat him like a criminal. He and all of these soldiers deserve better than what they are getting from Uncle Sam.

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    • Melanie Mocini SAVANNAH, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I understand what you are going through. I am dealing with similar circumstances. My heart goes out to you and your family and I will keep you in my thoughts.

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    • Diane Brown MONROE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a travesty yet typical for the military. This soldier's case needs to be reviewed, as thousands of others are, and the Army needs to take care of this warrior. SHAME on you big Army, big bully!!

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