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Stop Washington From Hurting Troops and Veterans
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Stop Washington From Hurting Troops and Veterans

    1. Petition by

      Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

It’s shameful. 

Since the government shutdown, five American service members have given their lives in Afghanistan. But their families will not receive their $100,000 death gratuity from the Pentagon because of political games in Washington. Our country is failing our men and women in uniform. 

With the shutdown in place for over a week now, our brave veterans and their families are being hurt in many ways.

•  VA has suspended vital services.

•  National Guard drills are being cancelled in many states, affecting critical troop readiness and pay.

•  The Pentagon can’t pay $100,000 in death gratuity benefits to grieving families. 

Yes, you heard that right. Politicians are still receiving paychecks, but our government is unable to provide the money to support the families of warriors killed in action. 

This is a very stressful time for millions of vets and their families. Sign the petition now and tell Washington to keep our veterans out of their political nonsense. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Big news on the government shutdown

      Washington is finally starting to listen.

      Because Americans came together and raised hell, the families of those killed in action will get their death gratuity benefits on time and be able to travel to Dover to receive their loved ones. We’re thankful to the Fisher House Foundation for stepping up and taking care of the military families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

      We’ve updated our Shutdown FAQ feed on our site with today’s news and continue to update it when new information becomes available. Head to IAVA.org to read the updated FAQ and bookmark it so you can check in every day.

      But the shutdown is still hurting veterans in many other ways. We continue to demand that Washington end the shutdown.

      We’ll continue to keep you updated.

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sherry Grey MARYSVILLE, CA
      • 8 days ago

      It's absolutely ridiculous that on this Country our veterans have to come back injured and scarred and have to wage another kind of war to get the benefits they so richly deserve. It's an outrage that our country asks these men and women to fight for us but give NOTHING in return.

    • scott Engelhardt PHOENIX, AZ
      • 9 days ago

      They risk Their Lives and lose and they depend on that contract to take care of their family, because they no longer can.

    • Constance Forst OAK CREEK, WI
      • 14 days ago

      Our service men and women sacrifice so much for our country and they do not deserve being treated poorly by the Obama Administration.

    • John Jerry Dyal SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 14 days ago

      I am a Vietnam Veteran.

    • Debra Young GROVELAND, MA
      • 16 days ago

      We live in peace... only because they are their to watch over us.They are the best of all of us, and we need to care for them.


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