Health and Safety

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Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Full Disclosure & Recognition of US Military's History of Toxic Exposures

Military-related toxic exposure has steadily become an increasing concern among United States Veterans, their family members, and Veterans’ Service Organizations in recent years. Contributing to this awareness, are stories revolving around the history of water contamination at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; burn pit exposures and reported Mustard gas attacks during the ongoing Global War on Terrorism; Blue Water Navy, Agent Orange, Dioxins, Pesticides, Herbicides used in Vietnam, Guam, Thailand, and Korea (among others); Atomic radiation and experimental exposures in World War II; Atomic clean-up in the Pacific; Jet fuels and PFAS firefighting foams throughout military air bases of various branches; and, several other installations within the United States, including the much talked about and often ignored Fort McClellan, Alabama and Field Station Kunia, Hawaii.  The issue of military-related Toxic Exposure extends well beyond a single branch of the military or installation. More than 150 United States military installations, representing at least 41 states, have been reported as contaminated, based on EPA reports and documents. Those that have not been identified as Superfund/CERCLA sites, have otherwise been the subject of supervised clean-up efforts. The United States Congress has demonstrated a limited amount of awareness and concern, with the majority of proposed legislation often being abandoned in Subcommittee or never fully introduced for a vote before the House or Senate. In response to the lack of Congressional action, social media groups, individual activists, nonprofit organizations, and even a few of the nation’s larger Veteran Service Organizations have all spoken out regarding the history of military-related toxic exposures.  The rare and complex nature of the reported illnesses and disabling conditions among Toxic Veterans and their family members is only further substantiated by the assertions that none of their diagnosed health conditions existed or were reflected in their preceding generations’ health histories. The types of health complications experienced represent that not only is more than one major health system affected; but, instead indicative of multiple-system involvement. Cancers, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, dermatological disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease or disorder, musculoskeletal disease or disorder, neurological disease or disorder, pulmonary or respiratory disease, systemic illness or rheumatological disease, and reproductive systems are often reported among Toxic Veterans. To reiterate, most Toxic Veterans are afflicted by two or more of the aforementioned health systems being affected.  Additionally, advanced aging and early mortality rates among victims serve as indicators of this issue.  Perhaps, this can also help to reveal that the issues experienced are not simply attributable to lifestyle choices, as is sometimes speculated by critics and opponents. Some critics, including at least one current member of Congress have expressed that the health complications are simply the result of military service and that Veterans need to accept that. Aside from the obvious dismissal and lack of regard for those who served, that sentiment does not reflect the needs and concerns of military family members, descendants, or even community members surrounding contaminated military installations and perhaps exposed to ground water or air contamination.  One only needs to review the list of localities who have received modifications, improvements, or complete re-building of their public water service infrastructure from the Department of Defense, and United States Government, to realize that this problem is not exclusive to Veterans and that a percentage of Americans are potentially exposed to military toxicants.       The American public and Veterans of all branches of the US Military need to impress upon the United States Congress, the President of the United States, and the various Departments and Agencies that the time is now. It is time to discontinue the negligent mishandling and disposal of toxicants, clean up the contamination that already exists, research and fully disclose the extent of contamination that exists among the installations and at overseas deployment locations, and address the harmful affects experienced by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Veterans and their families.  

Operation Stand Together
883 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Missouri Governor

Free Gypsy Rose Blanchard

On July 5, 2016 Gypsy Rose Blanchard received a sentenced of 10 years to a Missouri State prison after reaching a plea deal to charges of second degree murder of her lifelong abusive mother. The case was highly profiled and received national news coverage. HBO made a documentary film called "Mommy Dead and Dearest" directed by Erin Lee Carr which aired May 15, 2017. The documentary features home movies, interviews from family members, doctors, friends, experts, attorneys and a one on one with Gypsy filmed the same day she accepted the plea deal. It is a non-biased look at the case and will certainly challenge anyone to really think about whether or not Gypsy is now where she deserves to be. Gypsy was forced all her life to fake a long list of ailments and illnesses including leukemia, vision and hearing impairment, sleep apnea, retardation, muscular dystrophy, and a chromosome disorder and digestive disorders. Her mother Dee Dee Blanchard suffered from a disease called Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver. Dee Dee convinced multiple doctors that Gypsy was sick child all her life starting from an age of just three months old. By 6 years old Gypsy was deemed paralyzed from the waist down from muscular dystrophy and had a feeding tube implant. The whole time being completely healthy and forced to fake her symptoms during doctors visits and while out in public. Even her closest neighbors and friends had no clue Gypsy's predicament. By her late teens Dee Dee began documenting Gypsy's actual age as much younger and was shaving Gypsy's head and telling everyone Gypsy had Leukemia and was retarded. Dee Dee completely controlled Gypsy's food intake through a feeding tube often times medicating her without her knowing while she slept. Dee Dee convinced doctors to remove Gypsy's saliva glands by applying oral gel numbing cream in her mouth so it appeared she was drooling constantly. Her teeth all fell out from all the medication Dee Dee had pumped into her over the years. Gypsy tried running away once and was caught within 4 hours, then Dee Dee handcuffed her to a bed for 2 weeks. Dee Dee was using Gypsy's illnesses as part of her scamming multiple organizations for money, housing, care, Disney trips, attention, and free flights to hospitals. After an anonymous call was placed about Gypsy's well being, local police department visited their home and Dee Dee convinced them that Gypsy was being well taken care of and her illnesses were legitimate. At this point Gypsy says she had no other way out of this life of captivity confined to a wheelchair, a feeding tube and very limited social interaction. Although having only been educated to a second grade level, Gypsy became desperate after falling in love with Nicholas Godejohn 27, a young man from Wisconsin whom she met on a Christian dating website. Gypsy tried coordinating a meeting between Nicholas and Dee Dee at a local movie theater and Dee totally despised him as Gypsy recalls. So here she was, captive all her life, in love with no escaping Dee Dee, her own mother. Nicholas suffers from a form of autism and displayed having multiple personalities from evidence presented in court. Gypsy and Nick planned and murdered Dee Dee in her sleep on June 13, 2015. Nicholas stabbed Dee Dee multiple times and slit her neck while Gypsy hid in the bathroom. Together they fled to Nicholas's parent's home back in Wisconsin, thinking they could finally be together and Gypsy could be free at last. Gypsy recalls and acknowledges what she did was wrong and without hesitation admits now, that 10 years in prison is better than 10 years living under her mother's abuse. I am Gypsy's Father Rod Blanchard. I too was lead to believe Gypsy was sick her whole life. Dee Dee and I were married then separated during her pregnancy. I was 17 Dee Dee was 23. I have always tried to be the best father I could, but Dee Dee always kept my relationship with Gypsy very limited. I always provided financial and moral support to them even after Gypsy turned 18 I continued to pay $1,200 a month in child support payments because I was convinced that Gypsy was disabled and Dee Dee spent all of her time caring for Gypsy. They were relocated from Louisiana to Missouri after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and they would become unavailable just prior to my planned visits to see them. We maintained a relationship but only by phone calls and cards and gifts. Dee Dee always coached, filtered and monitored Gypsy and I's communications.  We all have failed Gypsy, her mother, the doctors, the police, and myself.  Any one of us could have done more to free her from hell with her mother. She never had a chance, she was brainwashed, threatened. Living in fearful captivity in a child's body her entire life, she never got to blossom into the beautiful young woman she deserves to be. How is this any different than a wife snapping and killing her abusive husband? Why? Because she planned it? She believed this was her only escape.. that was her reality. Watch the documentary, watch her interview. I'm petitioning for any relief to Gypsy's 10 year sentence, a shorter sentence, perhaps relocation to a mental facility where she can get the better help she needs. Gypsy has a loving family and community waiting, supporting her every step of the way to freedom. She calls home 3-4 times a week and spends hours on the phone with her amazing step mother, my wife Kristy. She has a younger brother Dylan 22 and sister Mia 16. She has suffered long enough. Please help her come home. She is serving time in Chillicothe Corrections Center in Missouri. She is eligible for parole in 2024, she will be 32. She appears completely healthy and in good spirits, although we don't know if there were any long term physical effects from the abuse. Thank You for your signature and support  Rod Blanchard Jr.    

Rod Blanchard
167,840 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to The Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs City Center

Cancel the gun show scheduled for January 11, 12 and 13, 2013

As members of the local community, we are urging you to please cancel the gun show scheduled for January 11, 12 and 13, 2013 at the City Center. The residents of this community are still shocked and horrified about the shooting and killing of 26 young children and adults that occurred just last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our feelings are still raw. This shooting is especially frightening given the fact that in the past year, a local man threatened to torture and kill elementary age school children at a school here in Saratoga County. The thought of allowing NEACA to hold a gun show at the city center just a few weeks after the shooting where a person could purchase military style, semi-automatic weapons, shocks our conscience and shows a lack of sensitivity to the residents of Newtown who are still deeply mourning the loss of their loved ones. While it may come at a financial cost, out of respect for those young children and adults who died and for those who lost loved ones, we urge you to incur that cost and cancel the gun show. Since the shooting, three gun shows have thus far been cancelled in Danbury, Ct., and Poughkeepsie and Suffern, NY. We urge you to do the same. Please give our community some time to take a breath and have a conversation about whether we want to be a community that will support an event where these types of guns may be sold. Thank you.

Susan Steer
1,458 supporters