Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, President Donald J. Trump, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Joe Wilson
Stop denying earned survivor benefits to military surviving spouses
My husband was serving his 30th year in the Navy when the F-18 he was riding in crashed. He was killed, and in a moment, my family's life changed forever. While my children and I were devastated, and then we were saddened to discover that the Dept. of Defense and Congress was far less supportive. My husband’s earned survivor benefit insurance, the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), a insurance annuity, was not paid to me in full. When he died, I was informed that I would only be getting a fraction of the benefit promised. When I asked why, it was explained to me that those spouses who also were eligible to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Veterans Administration will have their SBP survivor annuity insurance benefits offset dollar for dollar by DIC. Full SBP payment is unfairly denied to those surviving spouses. This is known as the SBP-DIC offset, and we must fight to end it. When I lost my husband, I lost 75% of our household income. Today, most SBP-DIC offset surviving spouses receive compensation of only $15,095 a year. These surviving spouses deserve better from their country. I’m calling on Congress to provide surviving spouses with 100% of the Survivor Benefit Plan promised. Our government is reneging on a voluntarily purchased insurance plan whose entire purpose is to ensure that surviving spouses are taken care of financially should the sponsor pre-decease her/him. When a servicemember makes the ultimate sacrifice, their family shouldn’t have to worry about how they will survive. As a Navy spouse, I was there for countless others who experienced loss. When I lost my husband, I realized how negligent the government bureaucracy is towards families who have paid the ultimate price. I want to be there for those families again. Hopefully, if we can gather enough petition support, the government will not ignore us. Please sign the petition to end SBP-DIC offset for military surviving spouses and ask Congress to pass HR 846, (Rep Joe Wilson, SC) and S 339, (Senators Nelson, FL and Collins, ME), the two bills to change the law and end this unjust offset.
Petition to Charles Schumer, Ron Aiello, Bill Posey
HERO CONTRACT DOGS NEED YOU! SOME ARE ABANDONED OR EUTHANIZED LEFT IN WAR ZONES
Over 200 Contractor Military dogs in 2014 were left on foreign soil to be Euthanized, some are left Wounded or Abandoned laying HELPLESSLY in kennels in the middle of a war! This is still happening and laws need to be changed. War Dogs save 150 soldiers lives annually! Do we not owe the contracted war Dogs the same treatment? The bond forged on the battlefield is the strongest we can imagine. According to Paws for Purple Hearts when handler and dog are reunited it is the best medicine to heal the wounds of the war and those suffering from PTSD. These BRAVE dogs should be able to retire on U.S Soil!!! Right now it is in the hands of non -profit groups to raise funds to help as many dogs that they can reach. The cost is $4500.00 per dog..Let's give them hope and get them added to the NDAA Bill.
Petition to Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern, Joe Kennedy, U.S. Department of State, Rex Tillerson, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, Tim Kaine, Don Beyer, Mark Warner
They Stood with Us: Save Iraqi Family Under Immediate Threat for Working with U.S. Troops
Mohammed, a 62-year-old Iraqi, and his family are in grave danger because of their affiliation with the U.S. military and desperately need to be granted refugee status in the United States before it’s too late. Multiple generations of Mohammed’s family have risked their lives to U.S. forces and and bring freedom and safety to Iraq. Two of his sons served as interpreters for the U.S. Army, and his brother interpreted for the Marine Corps. All three of them had their lives threatened, and one son was shot in the face by militia. Mohammed’s brother was shot, killed, and left dead in a dumpster when the militia found out about his work. Please sign my petition asking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have a high-ranking official reconsider the family’s case. Three of Mohammed’s children (the two interpreter brothers and one of their sisters) have already been resettled in recognition of their sacrifices for the United States. But Mohammed, his wife, and his three other children (including a 10-year-old daughter) remain in Iraq, where they are in hiding due to their history of support for the U.S. and the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. They are the prime target for terrorist organizations and will inevitably be killed if they are not rescued. Mohammed and his family firmly believe in the importance of U.S. national security – the family collectively made the decision to defend it at great personal risk. So why is the U.S. government claiming that they are security threat, and denying them entry into the country? Sign my petition to ask USCIS to reconsider their case. After the devastating denial we received last year, Mohammed, his family, and his supporters in the U.S. have one last chance to appeal the decision. But we need your help. We have already submitted over 100 letters recommending that Mohammed be allowed in, now we want to collect thousands of petition signatures saying the same. Will you add your name? We are confident that, given the family’s well-documented loyalty to the United States, if USCIS takes a close look at the facts and circumstances of this case, the agency will approve the resettlement petition and finally allow Mohammed's family, who has sacrificed so much for our country, to be reunited. We made a promise to protect this family. We cannot let this family die at the hands of our common enemy.
Petition to Clinicaltrial.gov and The American dental association, Barack Obama, President of the United States, Food and Drug Administration
Go forward with Dr. Jeremy Mao's clinical trials for regrowing new teeth!
The problem is that people now have the opportunity to regrow damaged and missing teeth! All thanks to the HERO Dr. Jeremy Mao at Columbia University. People go threw painful procedures of root canals, implants etc. Mr. Jeremy Mao has invented a way for that to change forever! We want that chance. We are calling out dental companies, associations and stem cell research centers to allow Mr. Jeremy Mao the opportunity to move forward with clinical trials of his work. This work was founded in 2010 and in 2013 clinical trials were supposed to be done so the public can receive this dental procedure. It 2016 and we the people know that the American dental association and Dental companies along with clinical trials centers themselves are trying to stop this doctor's work and other doctors from allowing his work to reach clinical trials and then to the public. We must demand our opportunity! Yes we can! This will help people all over the nation and across the world! Giving people confidence to be courageous and social and never have to live in depression ever again. Giving people a 3rd chance at a Beautiful valuable real smile. For ourselves, our brothers and sisters, our mother and fathers and our grandparents who all lost teeth and have to live with the artificial crowns or implants let's stop this and regrow our teeth with stem cell teeth regeneration. We want the clinical trials now for Jeremy Mao and his team's work! SIGN THIS PETITION SO WE CAN SEE CHANGE!!!!
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Paul Ryan, Johnny Isakson, Orrin Hatch, Secretary David Shulkin
Give the Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans their presumptive rights.
In 1977, the first claims of Agent Orange exposure came flooding into the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But it took 14 years for Congress to actually listen, take action and give our Vietnam veterans the benefits they deserved. The Agent Orange Act of 1991 was implemented to provide much-needed care to veterans who were exposed to the harmful chemical cocktail Agent Orange. Many of us thought the fight to get the medical attention we deserved was over, but that wasn’t the case. In 2002, the VA amended its initial plan and excluded thousands of “Blue Water” Navy vets -- vets who served right off the coast -- from receiving our rightful benefits. Because we hadn’t served on land, the VA tried to say we were unlikely to suffer the effects of Agent Orange poisoning. Even though we didn’t serve on Vietnamese soil, we were still exposed to Agent Orange. In fact, a 2011 study by the National Institute of Medicine found that Blue Water veterans could have been exposed in multiple ways, including via the ships’ water distillation system and through the air. The National Institute of Medicine also stated, “Given the available evidence, the committee recommends that members of the Blue Water Navy should not be excluded from the set of Vietnam-era veterans with presumed herbicide exposure.” We are asking for your help in urging Congress to pass legislation (House Bill H 299 and Senate Bill S 422) that will reinstate our right as Vietnam Navy veterans to receive the benefits we deserve for being exposed to this terrible chemical. Nearly 90,000 Blue Water vets are depending on you. We are dealing with serious health issues that range from cancer to diabetes, and from Parkinson’s to heart disease. Many of these diseases have made it nearly impossible for some of us to get steady work. Last year, the VA finally extended benefits to Air Force crew members who flew in C-123s after they had been used in Vietnam to spray the toxic cocktail. The VA came to the realization that even the slightest exposure to this chemical had serious effects on a soldier's health. So why are the Navy vets’ pleas being ignored? We breathed the Agent Orange-polluted air that drifted from the coast and drank water sprinkled with the herbicide, and now our bodies are paying the cost. We ask you to stand with us, and with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. David Valadao, and demand that the VA assume responsibility for the effects of Agent Orange on Blue Water vets. Please sign our petition asking Congress to pass House Bill HR 299 and Senate Bill S 422 and give us our benefits.
Petition to Jimmy Smith, Dennis Baxley, Thad Altman
Leave NO American Veteran Behind. Induct Florida's historical veterans in The Florida Veterans Hall of Fame.
When asked to serve, they did. After their War they became prominent Floridians serving our State. Sam Pasco (U.S. Senator), Gov. Edward Perry and David Lang, Founder of the Florida National Guard were kept out of the 2014 class. Should one group of American Veterans be selected for dishonor? If so, what group of Veterans is next? What message are we sending to today's generation about how their service will be treated in the future if history decides to call their war 'unpopular'? The current interpretation by the Dept. and Cabinet actions exclude various groups of Florida Veterans (National Guard, Confederate, Colonial, Territorial and Native American). Why is one group good enough but the others are not? They are all Floridians and they all answered the call of duty.
Petition to United States Marine Corps
Allow me to adopt Pablo, my military working dog
I respectfully request your support in my efforts to adopt my military working dog, Pablo (his ID is L522). Pablo and I spent seven months together conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. We share a strong bond, and I believe his presence would aid my recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. While serving in the United States Marine Corps, I was honorably selected by a board of my superiors to become a military working dog handler. My partner was a dog named Pablo. Pablo came with me on my second deployment to Afghanistan. Our job was to ensure the safety of all the Marines entrusted in our care. Pablo and I endured countless enemy engagements and multiple improvised explosive device finds. For our actions in Afghanistan, I was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor. After my service ended, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. Three years after these diagnoses, I finally admitted that I needed help. After more than a year of psychotherapy and a regiment of medications, I feel I have come to a plateau. This is why I feel that being reunited with Pablo would be the best thing for me. Our bond and the experience we share will help me make progress in my recovery and find happiness once again.
Petition to Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul
Bring home missing Veterans from Saipan before it's too late
Thousands of United States Veterans, who gave their lives, are still waiting to be collected and brought home. The greatest number of lost soldiers are on Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific. We need your help in telling the government these soldiers matter and to bring their remains home to their waiting families. Kuuentai is a Japanese group charged with recovering the remains of Japanese soldiers. During a retrieval on the island of Saipan, a set of human remains and personal effects were found that did not match what a WWII era Japanese soldier would have. Upon investigation, it was found that the soldier was American. Japan assisted in the recovery and delivery of the deceased soldier back to the US. As excavations continued, more American bodies were discovered. A plea was issued to JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) for assistance in returning these newly found soldiers. Minimal assistance was granted. Over time, JPAC changed to become Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and took a stance that there are no more soldiers to be collected in Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific. Kuentai-USA is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that was founded to help retrieve the American soldiers who have died in WWII in the Pacific Battlefields. Kuentai-USA used what funds the organization had received at startup to launch a small-scale retrieval in Saipan on behalf of the United States, in hopes that with proving there are remains of soldiers waiting to come home, the DPAA would take action. A small excavation was started, many more remains were found, and Kuentai-USA took their findings back to the DPAA. The request to the DPAA was denied, stating that it will not take action unless charged by citizens of the United States. Kuentai-USA, while being a Non-Profit Organization for the United States, is Japanese in origin and, as such, the DPAA will no longer entertain assistance. Due to the DPAA's continued withdrawal of support, US WWII Veterans are being neglected. To further complicate matters, while Saipan is a U.S. commonwealth, the land in which these remains have been found (this is just one excavation site on the island) had been sold to Russian businesses to be turned into shopping areas. Kuentai-USA had been allowed to excavate until construction began. This land has now been sold to Chinese executives who are looking to build casino's, apartments, and parking - destroying any chances of recovery! Here are some of the names of the soldiers that Kuentai-USA has returned to their families: Private First Class William Carneal from Paducah, Kentucky Private Bernard Gavrin of Brooklyn, New York Private William Yawney, Freemansburg, Pennsylvania PFC Richard Bean of Manassas, Virginia Don't let these be the last ones! Don't let the DPAA leave a man behind! For more on the recovery of these four Heroes, please visit the story at HistoryNet.com.