Support the Service Member Mental Health Review Act
  • Petitioned Gov. Jerry Brown

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of the State of California
Gov. Jerry Brown
Governor of the State of Hawai'i
Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Governor of the State of Maryland
Gov. Martin O'Malley
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Support the Service Member Mental Health Review Act

    1. Leigh Mohr
    2. Petition by

      Leigh Mohr

      Ewa Beach, HI

Please read the Bill here:

http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/975/cosponsors

Our beloved veterans are being separated from active duty service with improper diagnoses. Many veterans having suffered traumatic brain injury and/or suffering from post traumatic stress disorder are in affect being improperly diagnosed with personality disorders or any other mental health issue that is considered pre existing, thereby negating the veteran from having access to the mental health supports they have earned and so desperately need.

In 2012, our country lost more warriors from taking their own life, than from actual combat related injuries. This is a clear indication that our veterans are lost and have no where to turn. This bill will mandate that those veterans having been discharged from active duty with a pre existing mental health issue, will be re evaluated to determine the existence of traumatic brain injury and/or post traumatic stress disorder. These are our heroes. They have earned the right to proper medical care and an accurate diagnosis. We can do better! Our warriors deserve it!

Not sure whether this is a legitimate issue? Read on! 

Please click on these news articles detailing the pressure that military doctors face in determining a false diagnosis for a separating servicemember. 

http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/abuses_of_science/pressure-not-to-diagnose-ptsd.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38712714/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/hundreds-ptsd-soldiers-likely-misdiagnosed/#.UQd4hjkci0s

Please support this very important piece of legislation. Sign now. 

To:
Gov. Jerry Brown, Governor of the State of California
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Governor of the State of Hawai'i
Gov. Martin O'Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Support the Service Member Mental Health Review Act and help all of our warriors receive the care they have earned and so desperately deserve!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 5 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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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 5 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

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Karen Dewberry-Porter SPANAWAY, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      My husband served in the army and saw some of his fellow soldiers suffer from this. We need to honor the sacrafices they made for our freedom and safety and do anything necessary to help them live their lives to the fullest. Can I get a witness? thanks to all Soldiers.

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    • Marty Johnson HENDERSON, NV
      • about 1 year ago

      I have an ongoing court case dealing with the same issue.

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    • Demetrius Vincent HONOLULU, HI
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm one of the many soldiers you speak about in your article.

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