Petition to Darrell Issa
Help Fight U.S.Active Duty Service Man
Camp PendeltonMy husband has been and still is active duty Navy Corpsman serving with the Marines for nearly 7 years. He was diagnosed with massive acoustic neuroma Nov. 2015 had emergency open skull brain surgery Dec.2015 followed by 2 more open skull surgeries in 2016 also had a corrective head surgery and shunt placed in his spine 2016 he is having a 2nd corrective surgery on Oct.13 which involves reopening his head. He is set to be medical discharged at the end of 2017 then we will most likely return to Texas. His medical ratings came back at 10% and 100% the first rating saying he only deserves $130 a month the rest of his life. .The second number saying he is unfit for active duty and he will be taken care of with medical expenses as long as he is seen at a VA hospital or clinic. My husband is a good man he is not only unfit for the military health provider he is unfit to work as a civilian full time. He comes home excruciating pain where I cannot hardly touch him because his nerves which were diced in the proceedures to save his life. He has trouble eating and talking his face is paralyzed on the left side he cannot feel that side of his tounge or mouth. He is 100% deaf in his left ear this will never improve as his hearing sensor was completely removed during (it is not fixable) surgery he only has 35% hearing in his right ear. This leaves him often in a fog frustered and confused in a room with more than 1 person. He must look at you while you are speaking. They removed a large amount of muscle and tissue from his left thigh which leaves him unable to confidently walk and run. Balboa hospital has told us if he wants to fix that he will habe to gain at least 15lbs to have more tissue removed from his stomach and fill in the hole it has left in his thigh. This is not possible whenever he hardly eats as it is. He does not do well in crowded areas he has some form of PTSD if not from the horrors he has seen in the military and or putting his life on the line multiple times for medical reasons. He had 5 surgeries back to back within 7 months! The stresses of this all at once left me stressed and panicked his Sugery in Aug.2016 they told me sorry your husband has a severe infection his immune system has began to shut down the reality is he may not make it and you should be aware of this 17 days he was in ICU I was not allowed to touch or kiss him. I was 6 months pregnant at this time. Within the next 2 months he improved with the infection however we had to go to the ER twice due to severe spinal fluid leak. Our daughter passed away at 34 weeks 5 days from no other explantation besides stress or S.I.D in the womb is what my Dr. Told me when her heart stopped. She was perfect. We are going to Washington Oct. 23 for a formal board hearing, we do not have any family in CA. We are looking for some support from people and from Darrell Issa I habe been told by many people he is the man who we want on our side, told he takes care of the men and women who defend this Great Nation. This allowed us to see hope which can be grim in these times. Our family friends give us support for Landon to be fully taken care of after his military career comes to a end. We have started a petition getting people who support us in CA in TX and in between (Arizona). Please we look forward to hearing back from you. We are both 25 years old we have our whole lives ahead of us, please help. Thank you for your time. Very Respectfully, Catherine Roberts
Petition to President of the United States
Clemency/Pardon for Sgt. Derrick Miller
Sgt. Derrick Miller is serving a Life Sentence at Fort Leavenworth, for acting in self defense in the 11th month of a deployment he had volunteered for back in 2010. It was his second deployment he had volunteered for and his 3rd deployment in 4 years. On September 24, Sgt. Miller’s attention was drawn to an Afghan national who had penetrated the defense perimeter set up by the US Army. The Afghan man was positively identified by another soldier under Sgt. Miller’s command who recognized him from a detainment the previous day. Sgt. Miller was sent to question the Afghan national after observing the suspicious behavior of the man as he reconnoitered their defense perimeter. During the harsh questioning, the Afghan insurgent attempted to grab Sgt. Miller’s weapon, and was shot and killed in the struggle. Within 45 minutes, SGT Miller's unit was attacked on three sides by Afghan insurgents. Because of Sgt. Miller’s actions, his unit immediately went to 100% security, and no American lives were lost that day. We're asking for Sergeant Miller to be pardoned or have his sentence commuted, at the very least. We're also asking for all current US soldiers incarcerated to be reviewed. Thirdly, we're asking for congress to review the current Uniform Code of Military Justice. www.facebook.com/freederrickmiller
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 Donald Trump, Defense secretary Mattis
Stop the RECP Program on Military Bases
The RECP program sounded like a good idea at the time. RECP = Resident Energy Conservation Program. The gist of it is to make military families living aboard bases more responsible for their electric consumption by installing meters in their homes and charging families for electric use above what is considered 'normal'. *This was a President Clinton intiative that was enforced by President Obama* Military Homes on Base/Post were not built for independent billing The great majority of homes built on our military bases were not wired for independent electric billing. Many homes have been found to be connected to street lights, common utilities, their neighbor's homes. Furthermore, when families are in excess, they can receive bills of several hundred dollars and are faced with eviction if they can't pay their bills. They ask for help, yet the housing managers cannot prove why their use is so high. If those bills aren't paid, the housing management goes to the service member's command -- many times resulting in a bad counseling report and the service member can lose their job. Military families are not LIVING normally in their homes Our military families are living in fear. Fear of the high bills they can't afford. They shut off their breakers when they leave their home to ensure they don't get a bill. They do their laundry at laundromats out in town. They take cold showers and anything else to reduce electric consumption in their homes. This affects the net consumption for the neighborhood and essentially punishes families bathing their children, using their dishwasher, etc. THIS ISN'T LIVING! The conditions at Camp Pendleton, California show hot homes where children are sleeping in 85+ degree rooms with no AC, yet still may see a several hundred dollar bill for running fans trying to keep their home cool. See here: https://welcomehomeblog.com/2017/09/28/military-children-exposed-to-mold-termites-and-extreme-heat-in-on-base-housing/ Not all homes share the same energy efficient appliances. If a neighbor has a newer, more energy efficient fridge or dishwasher, and your home has old clunky appliances that housing refuses to replace, you're stuck paying higher electric bills. Not all homes have the same family size. Some homes may have two people. Some may have six. Some may have a service member deployed. There is NO WAY that you can evenly monitor and assess electric bills between homes that were never wired independently, with all of the circumstances above, to make it fair for our families with a 10% buffer. Furthermore, the civilian housing managers have the ability to change and manipulate the data collected. In one instance, we found a bill that DID NOT match SDGE's electric meter use. They were off by several hundred kWh for 10 months. We have spent the last year begging leadership to audit the program. It's fallen on deaf ears. Please stop the program NOW It's not working and it is hurting the readiness of our military. In fact, there was a recent congressional report that stated the base conservation program wasn't working, now they need to recognize it's not working in the homes as well: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/674888.pdf Our service members, military spouses, and their children deserve better than this. Our military families are ripped apart for months and sometimes years on end, serving faithfully through 16 years of war. Deployment after deployment. Don't our veterans deserve a hot shower when they come home from the field? Don't our military spouses deserve to bathe their children without worrying how much electricity they're consuming? #EndRECP
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.
Petition to Garrison Commander Fort Polk
Keep my Half Pitbull Half Lab PTSD service dog by my side!
7 years ago my life changed requiring me to start attending mental health counseling. I ended up studying and learning about service animals which led me to acquiring my now 3 year old 1/2 lab and 1/2 Pit bull PTSD service dog. I have trained her relentlessly since she was 5 weeks old. Hazel is able to help me through a multitude of daily task as well as helping me regain my freedom in a public setting. Hazel is more than just a service animal, she has given me the confidence to be able to be the best mother I could possibly be to our 6 daughters. We recently moved to Fort Polk, LA since my husband is active duty Army. I took on the necessary paperwork to get Hazel approved to live with us in on post housing prior to our PCS. After 7 months of living here I am notified that Hazel is no longer welcome on this post. I am told that the base does not have to abide by the ADA laws and the FHA laws which discuss that discrimination against the BREED, age, and gender of the service dog is not allowed. I am desperate to keep Hazel apart of our family even though I have been told by base representatives that I can always get a new service dog or move off post. Let me note that Hazel is NOT an emotional support animal and is INDEED a task trained service animal which DOES entitle her to protection under the ADA and FHA as well as HUD. Military bases are not exempt from providing this protection. I am also NOT active duty, these are my civil rights and I have a defined disability. Hazel has not been a problem here on this post for the past 7 months and she will continue to remain under full control by her handler! Please help keep Hazel apart of our family by signing this petition which I plan on getting to the Garrison Commander! Thank You!
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