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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. 

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association
83,665 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

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.

David Pond
186,729 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

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. 

Chris Vance
7 supporters