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Petition to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Phil Roe, Gus Bilirakis, Mike Coffman, Brad Wenstrup, Mike Bost, Bruce Poliquin, Neal Dunn, Jodey Arrington, John Rutherford, Clay Higgins, Jack Bergman, Jim Banks, Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, Tim Walz, Mark Takano, Julia Brownley, Ann Kuster, Beto O'Rourke, Kathleen Rice, J. Luis Correa, Kilili Sablan, Elizabeth Esty, Scott Peters, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Jerry Moran, John Boozman, Dean Heller, Bill Cassidy, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Jon Tester, Johnny Isakson, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Joe Manchin

Help Veterans & Dogs - Urge Congress to Adopt National Veteran Service Dog Standards

Here's one problem we can solve. Right now there is a lot of confusion over service, therapy, and emotional support dogs. Current service dog laws are being abused because there isn't a national standard.  As a result, the validity of service dogs has been questioned. Veterans and their service dogs are being denied entry to public places, such as restaurants and airports. Many veterans report that their service dog allowed them to return to a normal life. Doesn't normal life include living without fear of confrontation? A variety of "service dog" bills have been presented in the House and Senate. We need one national standard.  American Humane, National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) and a group of academic, business and government experts have created the first national standard for service dogs, but we need your help. Sign and share this petition today and let the House and Senate Committees for Veterans' Affairs know you support one common sense national standard for service dogs.  Supporting this petition will ensure veterans and their service dogs have the opportunity to become credentialed. Let's help veterans and their service dogs live a life without fear of confrontation.    #dogs4vets

National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations
20,040 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Congress: Stop blocking gun violence research

My mother taught second grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, 2012. Six of her colleagues — all women — were killed, as were 20 first-graders, in a mass shooting at her school. My mother survived, though our lives will never be the same.After the shooting, I dedicated nearly all of my efforts to gun violence prevention advocacy. I learned a lot of disturbing things about our nation’s gun laws. Most Americans do not know the extent of our broken system; regulations are nearly non-existent. But one of the most frustrating obstacles to building a safer country free from gun violence is that Congress has banned federal gun violence research since the year I was born -- 1996.You read that right. An average of 32 people are killed by a gun in America every day, and yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can’t even conduct research into the root causes of all forms of gun violence.How are we expected to come up with the most impactful solutions if we can’t even study the problem?Through lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress has prevented the CDC from studying the causes of gun violence by claiming that research could be “used to advocate or promote gun control.” Congress even extended the ban right after the Charleston church shooting that left 9 people dead, by rejecting an amendment that would have repealed the ban.It’s time for this petty politicking to stop. Join me in calling on Congress and the CDC to resume studying the causes and impacts of gun violence.

Sarah Clements
385,616 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Congress, President of the United States, People of the United States, People of the World

Put Metal Detectors In All Schools

It's time to stop this. School shootings have become so prevalent in our society, it is repulsive. The problem is we as a people of the United States have yet to do anything. And so I, a concerned citizen, am stepping up to propose this. PUT METAL DETECTORS IN ALL THE SCHOOLS. Simple as that. The problem is not guns. The problem is that kids, for whatever reason, are bringing guns to school and killing their classmates. By implementing metal detectors in all schools, and enforcing said metal detectors, not only guns but also knives and other weapons can be found and stopped from entering into the school. The solution is simplistic, but it will work. No one can read the minds of others and know what is going through their heads. No one can know for sure when an attacker is thinking of killing people. Metal detectors find that irrelevant. They detect it and call out "THIS GUY HAS A FREAKING GUN. STOP HIM." And that's what we need right now. I ask we the People of the United States and the People of the World to implement these metal detectors in all schools to deal with the initial problem. Afterwards, also implement mental health policies to help the at risk person thinking of killing people BEFORE they attack. They need help too, but that problem should be dealt with afterwards. Do this and we can save innocent lives. Thank you. God Bless America. 

Abraham Izquierdo
107 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Congressman Michael Burgess, Congressman Brett Guthrie, Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health


On January 5th 2017, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif) introduced to the House of Congress Bill H.R. 326 The Neuromyelitis Consortium Act, on behalf of patients with Neuromyelitis Optica. (also known as Devic's Disease) Congresswoman Lee has introduced this bill since 2013.  Again in 2015 and 2017.  Each time the bill has been introduced to the House Committee of Energy and Commerce, who have then sent it to the Sub Committee on Health.  Each of those years including 2017, it has stalled and never advanced from the House to the Senate.  We need your support and that of your respective state’s lawmakers to help sponsor this bill. Please support this Bill and urge your State’s Representatives to do the same.  We need 100,000 signatures to be heard by Congress!!! Currently, there is no known cause for NMO, nor cure.  We need to know why and how to cure this rare orphan autoimmune disease of the Central Nervous System, that can blind, paralyze or do both. 9 out of 10 are women with a median age of 40.  Toddlers up to nonagenarians are not immune from this disease.  NMO affects all races and socio economic classes.   We need improved response and treatment protocols across the U.S. in every state, in every hospital.  Only 1% of doctors will have ever treated a diagnosed case of NMO in their lifetime, meaning the other 99% have only text book experience in treating an NMO patient. Those with no diagnosis can sometimes receive the wrong diagnosis of MS, ADEM, Transverse Myelitis, Meningitis, etc.  And with a wrong diagnosis comes the wrong treatments that can make you worse! H.R. 326 would amend the Public Health Service act to create a National Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium . It would provide grants and organize research with reference to the causes of and risk factors for Neuromyelitis Optica.   Part B of title IV of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 284 et seq.) would be amended by adding after section 409J the following new section:  409K. NATIONAL NEUROMYELITIS OPTICA CONSORTIUM.   It would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to  establish, administer and oversee this consortium to: award grants for research on the causes of, and the risk factors and biomarkers associated with, NMO; assemble a panel of experts to provide guidance and recommendations on research design and protocols; and designate a central laboratory to collect and analyze data from this research and to make the data and analysis available to researchers. (excerpt bulletpoints from – summary tab) To view H.R. 326: Neuromyelitis  Optica (NMO) is an uncommon disease syndrome of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Individuals with NMO develop optic neuritis, which causes pain in the eye and vision loss, and transverse myelitis, which causes weakness, numbness, and sometimes paralysis of the arms and legs, along with sensory disturbances and loss of bladder and bowel control. NMO leads to loss of myelin, which is a fatty substance that surrounds nerve fibers and helps nerve signals move from cell to cell. The syndrome can also damage nerve fibers and leave areas of broken-down tissue. In the disease process of NMO, for reasons that aren’t yet clear, immune system cells and antibodies attack and destroy myelin cells in the optic nerves and the spinal cord. (Definition courtesy of the Guthy Jackson NMO Foundation) This petition is dedicated to my daughter Ria Fincham (pictured above) who is one of the 15,000 patients bravely battling this disease since July 1, 2012 and to all the NMO patients and their families who need your help moving forward towards a cure. This petition is directed to: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Congressman Michael C. Bergman (chairman); Congressman Brett Guthrie (vice chairman), et al   Please Sign and Share!!!  

Cindy Fincham
5,938 supporters