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Petitioning The Department of Veteran's Affairs, San Diego, CA and 3 others

Allow Veterans to seek immediate, lifesaving treatments outside the V.A.


2,710
Supporters

Two-tour Iraq veteran Clay Treska is a role model. While Clay would gladly give his life for our country, he refuses to give it to cancer.   Clay has beat back cancer twice (Stage 4 in 2009) and also completed two Ironman races.  I and others around the globe have gotten to know him as a humble, but outspoken advocate for cancer patients.

But now the cancer may be back a third time and the growth around his spine is extremely aggressive, and the Veterans Administration won't allow him to seek the experimental treatment which proved successful before. Rather than sign the medical release forms he needs to seek necessary private care, they’ve told him he has only one choice if it is malignant: hospice care and death.

Clay VA won’t allow him to be eligible for treatment elsewhere. The federal government has given this Marine a death sentence. "It's almost like I've been fighting to survive more so when I came back here than when I was diagnosed [in Iraq]," Clay says.    The latest is the V.A. states that the experimental treatment which successfully worked previously, and which is what he is asking to have as an option.

"I empathize with caregivers who are overwhelmed and overtasked with responsibilities and if that would be the case, then they have to get the support necessary to function responsibly and adequately to the demand of the sick and needy." Clay Treska.

Two major American wars still rage – we have to take care of those few willing to serve, and of their families. They sacrificed; we should honor that sacrifice. Sign this petition to demand that the VA allow Clay and all of our veterans to seek necessary medical care in life-or-death situations.

P.S. You can also follow Clay's battle on his Facebook page.

Letter to
The Department of Veteran's Affairs, San Diego, CA
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Department of Veteran's Affairs, San Diego, CA.

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Allow Veterans to seek immediate, lifesaving treatments outside the V.A.

Two-tour Iraq veteran Clay Treska is a role model. While Clay would gladly give his life for our country, he refuses to give it to cancer. Clay has beat back cancer twice (Stage 4 in 2009) and also completed two Ironman races. I and others around the globe have gotten to know him as a humble, but outspoken advocate for cancer patients.

But now the cancer may be back a third time and is the growth around his spine is extremely aggressive, and the Veterans Administration won't allow him to seek the experimental treatment which proved successful before. Rather than sign the medical release forms he needs to seek necessary private care, they’ve told him he has only one choice if it is malignant: hospice care and death.

Clay is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, but his third bout with cancer has been a bureaucratic nightmare. In early November, just before Veterans Day, doctors found a mass wrapped around his spine. He was told that if it’s malignant, he is no longer eligible for experimental treatment and would be put in hospice to wait out his time – and that it would be almost two weeks before they could give him a CT scan on November 22nd to find out.

But by November 14th, the mass was visible from the outside, and Clay felt a burning sensation in his arms and legs. Clay’s friends campaigned and got the CT scan moved up to November 17th – but even after the scan was done, he was told that it would be another five days before a doctor could look. On 11/18 the V.A. called him in and read 1/2 of the C.T. and advised the rest of the information would be given to him the week of 11/22/2011. On 11/21, Clay was advised the V.A. only read the first 1/2 because someone in D.C. wanted to know the status.

Clay’s coverage as a vet isn't as comprehensive as when he was on active duty, and the VA says it does not have the resources to provide him with the same level of aggressive treatments he has previously received. on 11/21/2011 he was first advised the V.A. recommended course of action was: if he wanted to pursue the his previous treatment, he should use Medicare "A" and Medicare "B" after paying a $100,000.00 deductible.

That’s why he wants to take his medical files, including the CT scan, to a private physician and receive potentially life-saving care – but the VA won’t allow him to be eligible for treatment elsewhere. The federal government has given this Marine a death sentence. "It's almost like I've been fighting to survive more so when I came back here than when I was diagnosed [in Iraq]," Clay says. The latest is the V.A. states that the experimental treatment which successfully worked previously, and which is what he is asking to have as an option.

"I empathize with caregivers who are overwhelmed and overtasked with responsibilities and if that would be the case, then they have to get the support necessary to function responsibly and adequately to the demand of the sick and needy." Clay Treska.

Two major American wars still rage – we have to take care of those few willing to serve, and of their families. They sacrificed; we should honor that sacrifice. Sign this petition to demand that the VA allow Clay and all of our veterans to seek necessary medical care in life-or-death situations.

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Sincerely,