Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Afghan & Iraqi Translators Saved American Lives. Tell Congress to Recognize them as Heroes
While serving in the US Army in 2008, my Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari saved my life. During an intense firefight, Janis killed two Taliban fighters that had snuck up behind me. Without Janis, they would have killed me. In Iraq and Afghanistan, translators serve alongside the US military and are essential to keeping us safe and helping us do our mission. And they do so at the risk of being targeted by the Taliban, including their families. Janis is not the exception. There are many translators who have saved American lives on the battlefield. Like Fred, who saved 25 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.Supporters had to crowdfund the money to fly him and his family to the US before the Taliban killed him. After serving, Steeler's Offensive Tackle and Army Ranger Alejandro Villaneuva worked hard to get his Afghan translator here. After serving alongside our military, many translators received SIV’s or Special Immigrant Visas, so they could relocated to the United States. Unfortunately, they are not considered veterans. We are asking Congress to honor its promise to our wartime allies. We want them to be treated as the heroes they are when they finally come here after years of screening by the State Department, Defense Department, and Department of Homeland Security. All we are asking is for Congress to name them heroes so that they can check the veteran's preference box on job applications and 56,000 veteran focused charities to include them in their missions. Many are standing by. We are not asking for VA benefits. This is an innovative idea that comes at no cost to the taxpayer and requires no new regulations. Best of all, we have bipartisan support! Yes, people in D.C. can agree on the same thing. This is a simple wording issue. These charities can't help Special Immigrant Visa recipients because technically they are "non-veterans." Ask me if I think my translator is a veteran. Ask the guys from the Pennsylvania National Guard who spent their own money to fly their translator here if he is a veteran. Ask Alejandro. Since at least World War 2, the United States has a very checkered history of honoring our promises to our wartime allies. Yes, big alliances like NATO matter, but it is the friendships and trust at the individual level that is our greatest diplomatic tool. The world knows that we didn't fully take care of the Filipino soldiers that helped us in World War 2, the Koreans during the Korean War, the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, and now the brave men and women from Afghanistan and Iraq who risked everything to stand shoulder to shoulder with us. With your help, we can change this. We need your voice to get this to the Senate floor. It's time the American people demand our representatives to stand shoulder to shoulder with those that saved American lives. I have a family today because of my translator.
Petition to Department of Defense, Donald J. Trump, Killeen , Greg Abbott
Rename the Fort Hood A/DACG (air terminal) after the hug lady Elizabeth Laird.
Elizabeth Laird was an extraordinary person. It's only right that the building she's seen so many soldiers deploy and come home in is named after her. https://www.today.com/kindness/hug-lady-83-who-gave-out-500-000-hugs-soldiers-t63901 I have found a life backstory of Mrs. Laird here it is as follows:(Credit Linda Carter, June 30 2018, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155436628261231&set=a.10152475371311231&type=3&theater ) Elizabeth Corrine Laird "The Hug Lady"JANUARY 15, 1932 – DECEMBER 24, 2015Elizabeth was born January 15, 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama to Andrew Curtis and Rhoda Waldron. She graduated at the age of 17 from Woodlawn High School with honors, excelling in Math, as well as playing the trumpet in the Woodlawn Marching band, being in the orchestra, photography (we all know how she loves to take pictures), Warbler Club, Marshall, Apollo club with the desire to become a famous surgeon.Elizabeth was very patriotic and after graduation she enlisted in the Air Force as a cook to serve her country in any way she could. Anyone who knew Elizabeth knew what an excellent cook she was. She had the ability to put together a meal out of just about anything and making it appetizing.After her time in the Air force she met and married a Marine named Harry Dewees. The couple became the proud parents of four children; Richard, Linda, David, and Susan. She wanted to provide more for her family so when the opportunity came to learn a new, exciting and challenging field of computer programming where women were a minority, she took the challenge and so began her journey working for the civil service beginning as a computer pioneer in the Army Defense System, as well as being one of the first computer programmers for Project Master which was the initial Army Operational testing organization to working for the Department of Defense.She loved to travel and her job took her across the United States to Germany, Italy and other European Countries, from Washington D.C, Pentagon, to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas, Ft Huachcha, Arizona and finally Ft. Hood, Texas.She met and married Ray Laird in Ft Huachuca, Arizona and moved to Copperas Cove, Texas and made it her home. She had two step children through Ray-Rhonda and David Laird. When Elizabeth retired from civil service, she worked with Ray in their tax preparation business known as Have Pencil Will Travel of which she still worked until the time of her death.She was very adventurous, and enjoyed riding motorcycles, flying in air balloons. She even walked to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and she rode a mule down into the Grand Canyon.Elizabeth was always active in her community and her church. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and attended the church in Temple. She did volunteer work in many ways, helping her community and anyone in need. She was a member of many community services like the AARP Community Coordinator, member of the VFW Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, and assist with SALT program.In 2003, when soldiers were coming and going to the Middle East she wanted to show her appreciation for what they were doing and while volunteering with the Salvation Army; she began shaking hands which led to giving each one a hug. Elizabeth received orders from CSM Galney to hug every one of his troops when leaving and returning from overseas and that started her final career as the “Hug Lady”.This was her love-many times talking about the look in the soldier’s eyes, how proud they were to serve their country to protect their loved ones at home. They love God, their family and their country.Elizabeth received many awards- and special achievements. From her community she received, the Copperas Cove Leader-Press Good new person award, the Copperas Cove Exchange Club, Support USA OTC Women of Equality, Ivory Gold Award, Paul Harris from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.From the military: Pillow for Operation Iraqi Freedom, 41st Fire Brigade Operation Enduring Freedom, Dedication to the soldiers 297th ICTC, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, 2nd Squadron 38th Calvary Regiment, USA Garrison Command 1st Calvary Division Corps, COSCOM, 4th infantry Division, Task Force 14 Task for MED-Eas 756th AS MC Areal Operation, 1st Air Calvary Brigade, 36th Infantry Division National Guard Global War.From the State of Texas: From Governor Rick Perry “Yellow Rose of Texas”. A Letter from President George W. Bush As well as many more, too numerous to mention. As one can see, Elizabeth was a true American who loved God, Family and her country and she showed her love to those around her, whether it was a homeless person or the President of the United States.Knitting and crocheting were her special hobbies. She would knit blankets in the car on her way to meet Tax clients. These blankets were often given to patients in nursing homes.She never became a surgeon, but she did something just as important if not more important- She gave herself to others-whether volunteering to ring the Salvation Bell at Christmas, visiting the people in the nursing home with songs of cheer and reading to those who no longer could read, giving money, food, or clothing to the homeless or anyone in need, defending the underdog, or giving Bible Studies. Elizabeth tried to show the love of Jesus to everyone she came in contact with.Elizabeth passed away December 24, 2015 at Metroplex hospital after fighting a long battle with breast cancer.She was preceded in death by her first husband Harry Dewees, her second husband Ray Laird, her daughter Linda Crumbley, her parents Andrew Curtis and Rhoda Waldron, her brother Jimmy Moore, her three sisters, Ann Nystrom, Lucille Moore, and Lois Tennow.Survivors include her sons Richard Curtis Dewees and his wife Karen of Copperas Cove, Texas, David Randall Dewees and his wife Cindy of Lake Charles, Louisiana, daughter Susan Marie Dewees Taylor and her husband Steve of Heflin, Alabama, step son David Allen Laird of Canyonville, Oregon and step daughter Rhonda Radine Schweinbold of Jacksonville, Florida; 11 grand-children; 8 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and close friends.
Petition to Department of Defense, U.S. Senate, US House of Representatives, Donald J. Trump, Senate Armed Services Committee
The Autistic Right to Fight
Serving in the military is both an honor and a service to those who volunteer in this great country of the the United States of America. Many potential volunteers are disqualified for various reasons. Thus the reason for my letter, I am a twenty-five year old man with a four year college degree in history from Stony Brook University with high functioning autism. I have been rejected by the US Army three times outright just from disclosing my diagnosis. I was also rejected by the US Marine Corps twice after disclosing my medical records. I was never given the opportunity to take the ASVAB nor was I given an opportunity to appeal the decision. This is a personal fight for me but this is also a fight for other people with high functioning autism. For far too long our right to serve and fight has been denied on the grounds of our disorder, for we are so much more than that. We have served before and we continue to serve beneath the radar. I was even told by one of my recruiters to hide my diagnosis by not mentioning it. This is wrong as, just like in the case of ethnic minority and LGBT service members before us, we shouldn’t have to hide who we are when serving. That is why I’m asking the US Government and Military to make high functioning autism a waiverable condition for military service. This waiver won't cover all people on the autism spectrum nor should it because Autism is a spectrum disorder. Functioning widely varies from totally non-verbal to highly qualified and fully functioning individuals. The waiver would include individuals with Aspergers and other high functioning autistic people that don’t have any sensory difficulties and those who don’t need help in the past year in special education at school. Openly allowing those with autism to serve would raise standing for those in the autism community. Autism rates are currently at one in forty births in the USA and the rates are even increasing. Just because you have Autism does not mean you don’t have the desire to fight and serve for your country. There are also people with Autism that have served in the past successfully and even serve now. Some nations such as Israel already allow those with high functioning autism to enlist. I’ve included an article from Washington DC based newspaper, The Atlantic about an Israel Defense Forces unit of teenagers with high functioning autism. There are a lot of patriotic autistic people out there who would like to contribute to their country by serving and we need to recognize that. With autism rates at one in forty people and growing, we are a large portion of the population. It seems unjust that so many people who are willing to serve are not being given the chance. I realize that not everybody wants to serve in the military, even those with autism. I also realize that military service is voluntary for everyone. However, that person with autism probably knows themselves better than anybody else and knows what they are capable of in the world. It is personally frustrating to be evaluated everyday because of your disability. I know that I am not alone in feeling this way. I have read an article about a an Army medic with autism that gave his life for our freedom in Afghanistan. Included is the web address. I feel the need to pioneer and fight for those who don’t have a voice. Individuals with autism need legislative support to get this ball rolling. My role in this letter is to act as a spokesman and voice for those that have been beaten down before me. My passion is that I will be able to serve openly as a military man that just happens to have autism. Why blanket discount a whole group of people who could do good in the military. Autism is called a spectrum for a reason, there is different levels to autism, were talking about the high functioning one. We are also talking about the ones who are making a conscious choice and know what they are doing. We are not being tricked and we know what joining the military entails. The one lesson to take away from this is that every person with autism is an individual first with different talents, desires and motivations. I and so many other people with autism who want to join should not have to lie to get in. This goes against our truthful nature in the world. We should not have to lie to get ahead in the world. We are people and we want to serve just like everybody else. Thank you for your time and consideration in this petition. I look forward to further correspondence and I hope that I am shedding some light on this discriminatory practice toward people with autism.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Chick-Fil-A, President of the United States, Donald Trump
BRING CHICK-FIL-A TO MILITARY BASE INSTALLATIONS
Chick-Fil-A is currently one of the most wholesome, happy and beloved fast food chains to exist in America today. According to their website, Chick-Fil-A has five core values: Customer First, Personal Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Working Together, and Stewardship. An encounter on any given day within a Chick-Fil-A restaurant is full of manners, smiles and “my pleasure”’s, which could raise the morale and warm the black hearts of even the crustiest. Their ice cream machine is never broken. Never have I seen a cancerous, viral fight video leaked to WORLDSTAR involving any of their employees. Also, when have you ever met someone who didn’t like Chick-Fil-A? Exactly. I am calling on all military members, base workers and retirees to come together and ask the United States Government to consider contracting Chick-Fil-A’s on United States military installations. This would give base personnel better access to healthier choices, as opposed to the outdated fast food chains which currently dominate almost every single BX. Sometimes, you forget your lunch or don’t have time to go get food off base... and you can only eat so many subway sandwiches (Which typically includes a 30 minutes wait time in line, since it is the only healthier option available). Though this seems like a minute issue, I believe the signatures on this petition will speak for themselves in regards to how many members agree with this proposition. Please consider.
Petition to President of the United States
State Funeral for World War II Veterans
Our Mission: “To convince the President of the United States to designate a state funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.” We are leading a nationwide petition drive to convince the President to designate a single state funeral for the final Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. This event will provide national recognition to honor all 16 million soldiers, sailors and airmen who defeated Imperialism, Fascism, and Nazism. The time has come for a final salute to the greatest generation. A state funeral would be the perfect vehicle to do so. General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander of the Pacific, and General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, were each duly honored by the nation with state funerals. The selfless, brave men and women who served under them deserve the honor of special recognition at the state funeral for the final Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Please learn more about our organization at www.worldwar2salute.org
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, Donald J. Trump
Month of May Memorial
Let us stand up for the people who stood up for us by truly remembering rather than just acknowledging. And even the lives lost involuntarily in times like 9/11. Yet how can millions be remembered in just one day? It’s clear that every day is a blessing. We hear stories from our elders of how horrific defending our freedom was. We hear stories how the survival rate was 5 to 1. We are blessed to be surrounded by those who have served and who are serving. Yet we use that one day as a day off from work, to relax and catch up on shows. Our vets who have served and continue to serve deserve more than one day of recognition. Support the petition by please signing and requesting the whole month of May to be the NEW Memorial Way. Update! I believe the country is evolving, times are evolving, and people are evolving with new ways to educate and grow in moral. I recently spoke with a real veteran about this cause and as he was supportive, he was also hesitant. He believed Memorial Day has also changed in a way of adding multiple parties to the cause like the police, fire fighters, and also innocent lives lost. He believes that the memorial has a right to evolve but is concerned it’s losing its true purpose, to remember veterans. After discussing the cause further with this veteran we came to a clear and reasonable understanding. The Month of May Memorial should be broken into 4 parts. Week 1: Back the Blue. Remember those who respond even when their presence is under valued. Week 2: Rescuers of Red. Remember the lives who have been lost against conditions that others would flee. Week 3: Remember the Innocent who lost their lives by those who are against what it means to be an American. Week 4: Remember Veterans and those actively serving. Will you fly your flag at half mast for the whole month of May?
Petition to Berkshire Hathaway, International Dairy Queen Inc., Dairy Queen
Require Dairy Queen on N Penn to give Military Discounts
Require Dairy Queen #44052 on N Penn Ave in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to give active or retired persons in the United States Armed Forces a Military Discount. Men and women didn't sign their lives away just to be disrespected and dishonored by a fast food restaurant. The goal of this petition is to not only have a military discount at Dairy Queen, but to show other businesses that we don't mess around with dishonor towards our brave heroes. Who have put their life on the line everyday and/or served our country. Our hope is to end this disregard, to end the disrespect, and to end the dishonor towards our heroes.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Diane Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Robert J. Wittman, Scott Taylor, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook, Jackie Speier, Maxine Waters, Rob Portman, Ann Wagner
Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Romance Scamming and Identity Theft
THE CAUSE: Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers primarily use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired or are deceased. Other prime targets for the scamming are Celebrities, and other high profile names. 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. OUR PROPOSAL: We are working hard to find a Champion to take on our proposal to amend the 230 Communications Decency Act of 1996 with the focus on identity theft. When this law was put into place 20 years ago there was little to no thought of the extreme type of crimes that could and or would be posted onto the social media platforms. This law gives social media a "get out of jail free" card, in other words, they are not held responsible for anything posted to their site by their own consumers. These sites are used as breeding grounds, and the social media companies are fully aware. We are not people who promote regulation, however it is very obvious, in previous news stories and with our own investigation, that self regulation is not the answer to consumer safety and security. We are proposing routine technology upgrades, additional staff to match growing population and ongoing up to date education. Items that are not successfully being done under self regulation. 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.