military families

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Petition to CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR Director Dr. Patrick Breysse, Dr. Ileana Arias, Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Cory Gardner, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Governor John Hickenlooper, James N. Mattis, Alex M. Azar II

Include Colorado Communities in new National Health Study on PFAS Water Pollution

Colorado residents in Security, Widefield, and Fountain have been​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​toxic​ ​Perfluoroalkyl​ ​Substances​ ​(PFASs) ​in their drinking water for an unknown period of years, and have a right to​ ​know ​how much of these chemicals they carry in their bodies. PFAS exposure has been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer.  The 2018 Federal Defense Budget directs the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to conduct a national study on the cumulative health effects of PFAS exposure, and to include a minimum of merely 8 out of 100+ military communities with toxic PFAS water contamination. The Peterson Air Force Base toxic PFAS contamination site impacted the drinking water of over 60,000 residents & military families, making it the largest impacted military community. Therefore, we, the undersigned, ask that you contact​ ​Dr. Patrick Breysse, Director NCEH/ATSDR, and Dr. Illeana Arias, Director, Division of Community Health Investigations, to request the inclusion of the affected communities near Peterson Air Force Base in the national health study, including, but not limited to voluntary​ ​PFAS​ ​blood​ ​serum​ ​testing​ and​ ​longitudinal​ ​health monitoring for all residents.​

Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition
77 supporters
This petition won 1 week ago

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
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, Department of Defense, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Change domestic abuse culture in the military

I am a proud mother and the estranged wife of an active duty solider in the United States Army. I am also a devout patriot of the United States of America and its armed forces. I suffered years of domestic abuse at the hands of my husband and I barely escaped with my children and my life. I am part of a large military family; since childhood, I have had an abundance of loyalty, love, and appreciation for those in the armed forces. When my husband began to abuse me, my lifelong perceptions of military life – the support I felt from my own military family – prompted me to seek intervention by following established channels. The steps I thought were correct ultimately put my children and I in even greater danger.After much planning and counseling for myself to fight through the fear. I took a leap of faith and went to the United States Air Force (USAF) Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) who reached out to the command. Instead of getting the support I thought I would receive after his command acknowledged the horrendous abuse and isolation the children, pets,& I endured and after they recognized the lack of loyalty and respect he had for his family, the U.S. Army, his team,& people in general, that they would make it clear to him that his behavior was unbecoming as a soldier and deal with him accordingly. Given the unit’s elite status, I expected nothing less. I was further isolated. Command provided my husband continuous support. My complaints were not addressed or resolved; instead, they made me a liability, Command deliberately interfered in my efforts to escape and continue life safely with our children on more than one occasion. Meanwhile, my husband was put through more special training in tactics and weaponry. I will always keep my faith and respect for the military and only look to make it greater through greater change. My children and I will ALWAYS be eternally grateful for the USAF DAVA and the large collection of military family, in particular the military wives who pulled together to make certain they did all they could within their power to persevere our lives and safety. This cannot stand, and I am hoping you will help me in my efforts to initiate meaningful change. FACT: Domestic abuse is now part of the culture. Domestic abuse has become the norm, not the exception. Nobody talks about it or questions it, so by default it becomes permissible, and then comfortable. When something like domestic abuse becomes comfortable in the culture, it is very, very difficult to change without enormous resistance. In the meantime, the number of military families ensnared in this very unhealthy but very comfortable cycle continues to grow.  We expect military families to support those who serve. This is a much greater burden in families where service members go through special training meant to transform soldiers into sophisticated military weapons. Their training diminishes personal attributes like remorse, conscience, and empathy, with a logical net result. The better these soldiers become as weapons, the less able they are to access what makes them human beings. We must recognize the cause and the inevitable effect: domestic abuse. I am writing today to ask for your help to exact CHANGE. I believe domestic abuse in military families is 1) NOT acknowledged and 2) NOT adequately dealt with. My own experience with my husband and his team was a terrifying example of what amounted to acceptance of abuse in the unit, and this was NOT an isolated case. Among my suggestions: • Give Military Advocates, NOT Command, decision-making authority, and hold THEM accountable for success or failure in the management of domestic abuse cases. Currently, a Military Advocate may make treatment “suggestions” when allegations of abuse are leveled against service members, but whether or not those suggestions are implemented is left to Command’s discretion, which often conflicts directly with the interests of victims. This policy needs immediate reevaluation. Command are not social workers. They don’t have the education about abuse psychology, intervention, and treatment that Military Advocates have. They need to remain duty-focused, not fair to other service members, & their families. Their heads should be in the fields and job duties not elsewhere. Military Advocates are often less intimidating and more approachable to victims than Command. It would benefit everyone involved if victims actively sought help before situations spiraled to dangerous levels. Military Advocates and intervention centers are better equipped to implement treatment like stress exercises and other preventative care into the home and to encourage awareness and provide support. If Military Advocates were the final decision makers, they could be more decisive, more proactive, and more effective keeping service members and their families safe. • Reevaluate procedures to protect privacy of medical records. Victims are often dependent upon abusers to transport them to doctor appointments, severely limiting them from reporting abuse privately to those who might protect and/or help them. One possible solution is to require family members to have a private initial visit with the doctor. During this visit, the doctor can establish a safe word or PIN to authorize the release of medical records. If a soldier then requests the release of a family member’s medical records – one way of maintaining control over an abuse victim -- without the safe word or PIN, the doctor could reasonably suspect abuse and contact the appropriate Military Advocate. This also added protection for victims who want to document abuse without abuser knowing. • Make regular physical well-checks for all members of military families MANDATORY. This is the only way to record and track family members’ well-being and the best way to detect early signs of domestic abuse. • Establish frequent contact between military families and support services, and increase training and awareness so Military Advocates can detect abusive situations earlier. Establish clear procedures for domestic abuse victims to follow to report and/or escape abusive situations and avoid creating more isolation. Communicate these procedures clearly and frequently to military families. • If a service member displays unhealthy or unfavorable behavior on duty, require Military Advocates to check in on families, including pets and perform stress management evaluations as mandatory processes. • Make it mandatory to list pets abused as victims on the outcome of any military investigations with domestic violence. • Allow domestic abuse victims to transition OUT of abusive situations without interference by military personnel (Command/unit members). When victims choose to exit abusive situations, proactively prevent abusers from accessing information regarding the victims or their whereabouts. • Implement and require treatment for both victims and abusers in cases where abuse is suspected. Foster independence by facilitating recovery for victims and abusers. Discourage unhealthy codependent abusive relationships. • When service members have an open protective orders against them, require Command to notify victim(s) about post reassignments or other location changes that might put the victim(s) in danger.  • Allow victims/survivors to have full range to document their entire experience vs given the one page questioners provided during the intervention processes. Give them more voice! In their victim statement in the advocate board process. • Allow command to support their service member through encouraged treatment plans. The military advocates will share information pertaining to their job functions with primary focus of healthy mental, emotional,& physical healthcare. • Put all actions and treatment(s) made accessible under the "military umbrella" vs the "military branch". Help save ALL lives on both ends of abuse!

Selena M
95 supporters