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Petition to Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jim Patterson, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, T. Montgomery Mason, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Terry McAuliffe, Jerry Brown, Michael Mullin, Brenda Pogge, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Nancy Pelosi, United States Supreme Court, Barack Obama, Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Steve Westfall, Bob Goodlatte, California State Senate, California State House, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Paul Cook, Darrell Issa, Melissa Melendez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, John Garamendi, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Scott Peters, Ken Calvert, Sam Farr, Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Jared Huffman, Jerry McNerney, Zoe Lofgren, Mark Takano, Dave Brat, Evan Jenkins, Roy Cooper, Morgan Griffith, Allen Evans, Bobby Scott, L. Louise Lucas, Shelley Capito, Gerry Connolly, Facebook Hard Questions

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming

THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

Kathy Waters
4,823 supporters
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Petition to Genesee County Michigan Board Of Commissioners, Ted Henry, Bryant Nolden, Brenda Clack, Ellen Ellenburg, Kim Courts, Drew Shapiro, Martin Cousineau, David Martin

Reverse the County's decision to spend money from the Veterans Fund on a golf promotion.

In 2012, voters in Genesee County, Michigan, approved a millage specifically intended “for the purpose of providing support and assistance to veterans of active United States military service and their dependents, and administrative and facility costs involved in providing support and assistance to such veterans and dependents” (actual ballot language from November 2012). Before this millage, the county's Department of Veterans Services had only 2 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $300,000 (Mlive, 20 November 2012). “The office also houses the Soldier Relief Commission and a county fund that helps pay for indigent veteran burials.” This commission nearly ran out of funds in the 12 months before the millage, according to one commissioner at the time. (Ibid.) This additional millage of 0.1 mill (ten cents on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) was approved for a 10-year span and estimated to provide $880,523.00 in the first year of the authotized levy. One month after the millage vote passed, a plan was made for how to spend the $815,000 expected to be raised that current fiscal year. This included: $328,000 for personnel, including two new, full-time positions.$15,000 to help establish a specialized court for veterans.$100,000 to build up the soldiers relief fund, which helps indigent veterans with emergency expenses.$2,000 to double available money for headstones for poor veterans and an additional $16,300 to boost money available for burials.$50,000 for office renovations and additions.$7,600 for additional computers.$10,000 for office furniture.$19,000 in rent payments to the county. (Mlive, 5 December 2012) However, on 2 April 2018, the current board of commissioners approved spending $50,000 from the fund produced by this millage to sponsor the “Ally Challenge”, a new PGA Tour Champions event at Warwick HillsGolf and Country Club. This is to pay for admission to the event for county veterans, a pavilion for military members and their dependents, as well as veterans' admission to a country music concert. (Mlive, 2 April 2018) That is NOT providing “support and assistance”. What amounted to about one-sixth of the pre-millage budget will be spent on a promotional event. Of 9 county commissioners on the board, 7 voted in favor of it, 1 voted against and 1 wasn't present. The 7 in favor need to be held accountable and they need to reverse this disgrace.

Jonathan Ettinger
521 supporters