• Petitioned Department of Veterans Affairs

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Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
Director, VA Regional Office, Columbia, SC
Howard Metcalf
Dr. Steedman Sarbah

Veterans Affairs: Approve the liver transplant of Vietnam veteran Lucius Littlejohn

    1. Tracy Mathews
    2. Petition by

      Tracy Mathews

      Clayton, NC

My father served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1967-1969. While on duty, his platoon was directly sprayed by Agent Orange- an extremely toxic herbicide used by the United States military- which, 40 years later, caused his liver to fail.  A liver transplant could save my father's life.

Duke University Hospital is ready to perform the transplant once they receive the necessary insurance money to pay for it.  Unfortunately, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has been dragging their feet to approve the insurance benefits my father is entitled to as a veteran.  The VA said that my father qualifies for the insurance over 2 years ago but little action has been taken.  So now, my father is dying in Duke University Hospital while the VA takes their time in processing his paperwork. 

A doctor in the VA has already told us that if we don't seek outside help, my father will soon die.  He is only 62 years old and wants to watch his two grandchildren- Cody, 6, and Kenzie, 2- grow up.  Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is pushing the VA to approve the liver transplant for my father but we need more voices.  Please add your voice to save the life of Lucius Littlejohn: a father, grandfather and United States war veteran. 

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    1. Lucius has passed away....

      Tracy Mathews
      Petition Organizer

      It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that because of the VA dragging their feet our father has passed away. Sept 13 at 5:15pm he just couldn't fight any longer. Thank you all for your support. Our family would like to encourage everyone to be organ donors!!

    2. Lucius moved to Pittsburg VA Hospital

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Lucius has been moved the the VA hospital in Pittsburgh. Doctors told his family that he has been placed on the liver transplant list. The family is anxiously awaiting the surgery.

      In response to the outpouring of support that Tracy Mathews has received from so many signers asking what can be done to help Lucius, she asked to relay this message:

      "Go and donate blood at your local blood bank in HONOR of him! Even though it will not come directly to him, in most cases, it will help someone else because he has had to have blood and will need lots while in surgery when they get a liver."

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    • Ray Stephens VIENNA, VA
      • 9 months ago

      I have the same situation as a Vietnam Vet with stage 4 Liver Cancer....

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    • Gregory L Tony Blint LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is "Very" Important to me because I Am a "Viet Nam Vet" myself,

      and this is not right to treat a man who served his Country as I and

      many others do and will continue to do. This is wrong . I am Outraged at this. My heart goes out to this man

      and his Family, and I Pray to God that the V.A. will Honor this man

      with Dignity, and do the "Right" thing and care for him.

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    • ROBERT FORTON GREENVILLE, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I WAS IN COUNTRY THE SAME TIME FRAME AS LITTLEJOHN. V.A. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELF. I BET NOT ONE OF THE DECISI0N MAKERS AT V.A. WERE ANYWHERE NEAR ANY KIND OF COMBAT. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE. STALL PUT OFF WAIT IN HOPES HE WILL DIE THEN THEIR OFF THE HOOK. MAYBE THEIR LIVES SHOULD BE PUT IN THE HANDS OF A TEAM OF COMBAT VETS WITH THE SAME KINDA AGENDA . ROBERT FORTON 1MARDIV

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    • Maria Aceilo Yambao NEW YORK, SC
      • almost 2 years ago

      This man has fought for his country. And when he has given to his country, is when he can ask, what will his country do for him?

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    • Ling Vargas LANCASTER, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Veterans suffer enough for keeping this country safe. As soldiers, the government applauded their acts of bravery and when they return, the government gives them a swift kick behind the knees and labels them as invalids... Talk about hypocracy. Whether one is for war or against it, it doesn't not matter. The VA needs to start moving, It seems none of its members know how to empathize, most likely because they have no miliatry experience or have no loved ones with war experience.

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