Petition to President of the United States, Paul D. Ryan
NO PAY FOR CONGRESS During Shutdown
Why should members of Congress continue to get paychecks during a Government shutdown when our military members and civilian employees don't? This needs to change. Perhaps they would be more likely to do their job and get things done if their paychecks were hanging in the balance like the rest of us. I propose NO PAY FOR CONGRESS during a government shutdown.
Petition to President Donald Trump, Congress, The House of Representatives, The Senate, The Armed Forces Comittee, Change.org
Military Justice Reform
The United States of America’s active duty service members and Veterans alike are in dire need of your support. Now more than ever there is a need that requires nothing short of a bipartisan resolve from congress and action by the current President of the United States. There is an inherent necessity for Congress, especially those serving boards and committees regarding the Armed Forces to ensure National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) maintain Constitutional Integrity. It has become apparent that around the time of 2011 to the present politics have played an increased role in military justice at the expense of the service member and the veteran. Now more than ever it is also necessary to reform the Military Justice System. One of the primary and currently abundant threats to military justice is what is know as Unlawful Command Influence (UCI). Unlawful Command Influence has long been described as the mortal enemy of military justice. It works as a tool that sets the stage for an environment allowing for unlawful practices throughout the entire spectrum of military justice. In many cases the phenomenon can be remedied in one of various levels of court proceedings however when it happens in such a proportion as it has in the recent years, it cannot. In its most recent appearance, Unlawful Command Influence was initiated primarily in 2011-2012 time period and has yet to be properly addressed. At this point in time there is no remedy for mass Unlawful Command Influence. Additionally there has been little effort to create policy that refine the archaic and somewhat barbaric regulations that are incorporated within the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) which has been a direct threat good order and discipline in the Armed Forces and of much concern to the service member and the veteran. In fact, the UCMJ was created primarily to combat the violations of individual rights that threatened the service members who serve this great nation and increasing to them the very rights that they are sworn in to support and defend. Imagine proudly serving your country and then being thrown into prison without evidence or a fair process. Imagine being prejudged at the opinion of others and not judged based upon facts. To date there have been three major occurrences of Unlawful Command Influence that have shaken the very foundation of good order and discipline. Once in the mid 60’s, again in the mid 80’s and undeniably in 2011-2012 time period. They have all served a great injustice at the expense of the service member and the veteran, however this most recent occurrence appears to have no real end in sight. This is not only a threat to the service member and the veteran but a threat to our National Security. There has yet to be any true efforts taking action in seeking resolve and there is no better time than now to be proactive and support those who have without doubt been supporters and defenders of this great nation and your freedoms. As we have observed over the years, politics have invaded military court processes without true regard for rights of the individual defined by our nations Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The processes have ignored established protective measures and instilled fear in the hearts and minds of active duty service members. Justice has not been blind, in fact it has been prejudicial by creating avenues for agenda and not fair and impartial processes of law. Now is the time for a bipartisan proactive conversation focused upon policy improvements regarding future National Defense Authorization Acts, Military Justice reform, and justice for those who have not been afforded that very Constitutional right. These talking points are necessities toward restoring trust in our military justice institutions while keeping with the spirit of good order and discipline. Ultimately conversation can lead to a much needed plan of action. With your support we can also progress toward a feasible remedy that can assist in resolving cases effected by mass Unlawful Command Influence, the large scale political tool that has been used against those who serve this great country. With the ultimate goal of achieving reform, we can creating new avenues for correcting injustice for service members, veterans, and their families. Together we can pursue and accomplish restoration of trust, reinstate blind justice, and seek correction for the many cases of injustice which have been reveled to the public as well as those unsung heroes who’s cases were not afforded proper attention nor care. Without our constitutional rights and proper due process, there can be no trust, good order and discipline, and no freedom. For a Nation that maintains a constant military readiness, the time for an overhaul of the governing regulations regarding our military justice system is long overdue. Please support the effort for a fair and just Military Justice Reform effort by signing and sharing this petition. I am not a politician, nor a lawyer. I am simply a man who has been deeply effected and even furthermore disturbed by what I and the public have had to bear witness. Our Constitution is the very fabric of which America society has been woven. That fabric has been tattered, torn, and in some cases completely disregarded. It is in dire need of repair however it takes much to move mountains as grand as these, yet here is my mustard seed. Without a restoration of due process, the presumption of innocence, and progressive bipartisan conversation and efforts to improve the trust in these institutional processes we are essentially a continuation of the problem. It is with great love for my country and service brothers and sisters that I initiate this petition in good will. Respectfully, A. Veteran Military Justice Background: https://www.fjc.gov/history/courts/military-courts Unlawful Command Influence: https://www.holloman.af.mil/Portals/101/documents/JA%20Documents/MJ%20Talking%20Papers/Talking_Paper_-_Unlawful_Command_Influence_2014_.pdf?ver=2016-11-28-145710-293 Current Updates: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/09/06/the-navys-top-lawyer-unlawfully-scuttled-a-seals-case-court-rules/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ebb+06.09.18&utm_term=Editorial+-+Early+Bird+Brief Continued Support Activity: Web Resources: Save Our Heroes Project Web Resource https://www.saveourheroesproject.org #SaveOurHeroes Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurHeroesProject/ United American Patriots, INC Web Resource https://www.uap.org Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/UAPINC/ #UAP
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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 Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Secretaries of the Armed Forces and Congress, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Tim Kaine, North Carolina State Senate, Tom Cotton, Dan Sullivan, Deb Fischer, Benjamin Sasse, Mike Rounds, Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, Patty Murray, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Mike Pence, Ralph Lee Abraham, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Anthony G. Brown, Tammy Duckworth
Hold Military Moving Companies Accountable
An Open Letter To Our Elected Officials - UPDATE 1 to the petition: https://militaryspousechronicles.com/2018/10/02/pcs-petition-brings-change/ Every year thousands of military service members and their families pack up and move on military orders. All of their memories, heirlooms, worldly processions, keepsakes, pro-gear, kids toys, and some useless stuff, otherwise known as household goods (HHGs) gets packed up by contracted strangers, loaded onto a truck and driven across country. If you are on the lucky side of things, your HHGs will arrive with a few scratches and maybe a broken bowl. However, most everyone ends up on the other side. Boxes will be unloaded smashed and torn, furniture will come off broken in multiple pieces, and other items will just go missing. It will be brushed off as “don’t worry, you can just file a claim”, and while that might be true, there are things that money just can’t fix. Money can’t replace the broken hutch inherited from my grandmother. Money can’t fix the missing foot board from the custom made bed. Money can’t fix my discontinued, now smashed in to pieces wedding china. And money can’t fix the box of my children’s baby memories box that never arrived. I know, we should just leave these things with family! While that is a good thought, it’s not always possible. Some service members just don’t have the family available to leave these things! Every year, thousands of service members file claims with moving companies. Within the last 2 years the average claim has been around $10,000, with an average of only 50-60% of that being paid out. Over the last 5 years, the PCS season has become more and more horrendous to deal with. The major moving companies being awarded the contracts, often sub contract out to smaller, local companies. Many of these companies do not understand how military bases work- usually sending drivers or crews who have a felony background, can’t access post, or a truck that has expired registration. These companies also do a poor job in packing and handling of the HHGs. Many times the crew will pack as quickly as possible to get to the next job to make more money. In doing so, things are usually packed improperly, allowing for damage to occur. When loaded into the truck or unloaded at the storage facility or destination, everything is usually just thrown around without a care. When Service members and families speak up about how things are being handled, we are usually scolded, degraded, and told to just let them do their job. In one of our recent moves we had a mattress come off the truck soaking wet. When I questioned it and ask what my son was suppose to sleep on, the driver took a furniture pad off the dresser and said he could sleep on that. When we moved to our current location, I questioned the driver about my high value list, and the markings on the inventory about the furniture. The response I received was “this is just how we do it.” Then when we arrived, our range bags complete with range equipment were missing. Our military service members and their families already sacrifice so much for this country. The deployments, holidays missed, birthdays not celebrated, their children’s firsts moments, training time, and sometimes even their life. Is it so much to ask that moving companies take a little more care in handling our memories? Is it so much to ask our elected officials to step in and protect our service members from the headache and heartache during a PCS? I challenge you to start holding these companies accountable. I challenge you to step up your game and ease the worry burden on our military families. MilitarySpouseChronicles #PCSChronicles #MemoriesSmashed
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 Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Peter J. Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Donald Trump, Bobby L. Rush, Danny K. Davis, Robin L. Kelly, Jeanne M Ives
Jeffrey Allen Williams Post Office of Warrenville
Jeffrey Allen Williams, affectionately known as "Blurch", was a teammate, a friend, and a hero to the Wheaton Warrenville Community. We believe that his service and sacrifice should be honored with the naming of the Warrenville Post Office. Jeff was a caring individual with a sense of humor that was second to none. He was also a brave leader who answered the call of duty. Upon joining the United States Army after high school, he quickly earned the title of Corporal and valiantly served as an Army Medic in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his heroism, he earned the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star Medal Purple Heart The Army Commendation Medal The Iraqi Campaign Medal The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal The National Defense Service Medal The Army Service Ribbon The Combat Medic Badge We need your support to show The United States Congress that we stand behind Jeff and that he is worthy of this honor. Jeffrey's mother, Sandra Williams Smith, started this effort in 2005 because Jeff had such a deep connection to the Post Office. As a child, Jeff ran so many errands to the post office in Warrenville for his mother that he befriended many of the employees. (Those who have met Jeff know how easily he makes new friends.) Our local paper, The Daily Herald, commented on the issue: "In the course of reporting the effort to get a Warrenville post office renamed for Jeffrey Allen Williams a number of points became apparent. First, Williams died for his country... while serving as an Army medic in Iraq. That's when the effort to rename the post office began, at the request of Williams' mother, Sandra Smith. Yes, it's tricky to change the name of a federal building. But this is a case when red tape should be quickly clipped by the politicians, who to their credit are trying to get the building renamed the Jeffrey Allen Williams Post Office of Warrenville. It doesn't matter who gets credit for the name change. This is an honor for Williams, and his mother. And it's one that's way overdue." (Daily Herald Editorial Board 9/8/2007) We couldn't agree more. [If you would like to go above and beyond, please send a letter of support to Congressman Peter Roskam at: 2700 International Drive, Suite 304, West Chicago, IL 60185 and Congressman Randy Hultgren at: 40W310 Lafox Road, #F2, Campton Hills, IL 60175]
Petition to Jennifer Crown
U.S. military veteran with mental health history seeking 2nd chance at freedom.
I'm posting this petition for my son, MarQui Clardy, Sr. I’ll start with some background information on MarQui's character and the circumstances that led to his present situation. MarQui is a 33 year old father of four. On September 24, 2001, two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he joined the United States Navy. He served as an Information Systems Technician while also attending ECPI University and serving as a Ship's Self-Defense Force (SSDF) team leader where he received intensive weapons, combat, and antiterrorism training. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2003 for Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Two weeks prior to being discharged in 2005, MarQui was referred to a psychiatrist (due to some behavioral deviations, hallucinations, and a suicidal preoccupation) where he was diagnosed with "Adjustment Disorder." The psychiatrist noted that MarQui had a "major impairment in [his] thinking and judgement, manifested by inflexible thinking." Despite this clinical assessment, MarQui wasn't given any treatment, counseling, medications, or even a follow-up appointment, nor was he made aware of the diagnosis. He was simply released from service and left to transition back into civilian life on his own. In 2006, MarQui enrolled at Old Dominion University to study computer science. This is where his financial troubles began. After his car was totaled in a flash flood, he lost his job due to a lack of transportation. He was able to find a succession of other lower paying jobs, but lost each of them for the same reason. As a result, he defaulted on his tuition payments, so his school registration was placed on hold. He also defaulted on his rent, and was notified by his landlord that he was being evicted from his apartment. Being jobless, carless, moneyless, facing imminent homelessness (without even the ability to improve his circumstances by finishing his college degree), and not able to financially support himself or his children caused an unfathomable amount of stress that likely triggered MarQui's Adjustment Disorder, and he made the ill decision to commit three robberies to get some money. In 2008, he was arrested and tried in court. Since the military had never notified MarQui of his mental health diagnosis, this information was never presented for the judge's consideration (even though MarQui's condition undoubtedly played a MAJOR factor in his decision to aberrantly break the law). MarQui was convicted on all charges; although he has a good background, NO prior criminal history, and absolutely NO physical violence had occurred in either offense, the judge sentenced him to 33 years in prison. MarQui just learned about his mental health diagnosis in 2014, six years AFTER being incarcerated. He has taken full responsibility for his actions, however, we must also recognize the military's role in discharging him back into society while neglecting to treat the mental health condition with which THEY diagnosed him! There's no limit to the behavioral effects that "impaired thinking and judgement" can have on those afflicted, especially if it's left untreated. Even the Department of Defense acknowledges that untreated mental health conditions among veterans pose a greater safety threat than those which are being treated. In MarQui's case, his impairment went untreated for THREE ENTIRE YEARS, leading up to him making the poor decision to break the law. His background shows that he clearly was not a criminally-inclined person. Had the military treated his condition before discharging him, or even afterward at one of the V.A. medical centers, it’s very likely that MarQui would have exercised better judgement and not commited those robberies. Because of the post-conviction discovery of MarQui's mental health diagnosis, as well as the positive strides he's made throughout his incarceration- which include earning college credits by completing classes at Washington and Lee University, completing classes through Emmaus Correspondence School and Life's Key Ministries, enrolling in all of the requisite DOC rehabilitative programs, remaining free of institutional infractions, maintaining employment as a GED tutor (among other jobs), remaining an active member of "incarcerated veterans" groups throughout DOC, being consistently rated as a "very low risk of recidivism" by DOC's COMPAS assessment, writing two novels (one of which has been published), several articles for Hamilton College, The Marshall Project, and Cell Door Magazine, and a social justice / criminal justice book he's currently working on - Redemptive Life Foundation has filed a clemency petition on his behalf, asking Governor Northam to commute his prison sentence and allow him to be released. MarQui has gained ample support from family, friends, former coworkers, college coeds and class instructors, military veterans organizations, and religious groups. But we're seeking even more support to ensure that he gets the chance he has worked hard for. After ten years in prison, JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED! MarQui broke the law, however, given the fact that he was suffering from an unknown (by him) and untreated mental illness, his harsh 33 year sentence is unfair and unjust. It is also a slap in the face to all those who have served our country's military that were left physically and/or mentally impaired. He has also shown throughout his incarceration what type of person he truly is, and why he should be granted a second chance at his freedom. Please sign this petition to help us get him that chance. Thank you!
Petition to Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Al Jacquet, Bobby Powell
College Education for dependents of Disabled Vets
The Florida Department of Education offers a Scholarship for Children and Spouses of Disabled Veterans. However, when you look in depth to this law, it states: A Qualified Veteran will: "Have been a Florida resident for one year immediate PRECEDING time of death, determination of 100 percent permanent and total disability, or prisoner of war/missing in action classification". According to this scholarship, it would be almost impossible for a dependent of an Army Veteran to receive this benefit as there are no Active Duty Army Post in Florida. Most Veterans are still Active Duty when they go through the process of disability ratings, or when they die in the line of duty, or when they are prisoner of war/missing in action. Under these circumstances, they will most likely not be a Florida Resident until after they have received one of these ratings. Therefore, I am here asking the law makers in Florida to revise this law with an amendment as follows: "The qualifying Veteran or family is a Florida resident at the time of applying for this scholarship" rather than: "The qualifying Veteran will have been a Florida resident for one year immediate preceding time of death, the disability, determination of 100 percent permanent and total disability, or prisoner of war/missing in action classification". Governor Rick Scott announced the release of the 2018 Florida-Military Guide, in July 2018 and he stated that “As a proud Navy veteran, and the son of a World War II veteran, I want to make sure our military and their families have access to the services they need,” said Governor Scott. “Florida is the most military and veteran friendly state in the nation"! As of today, the families who need the most, are not being honored by the State of Florida due to the current law. The children who either lost a parent or have a disabled parent are not being able to benefit from this scholarship. As an Army wife and mother of a Freshman student currently attending a University in Florida, this is extremely disappointing. Although this law might not pass in time for my son to benefit from it, I still feel as it is our duty to seek change for this law so other kids in the future will be able to use it. Kind regards to all who read this and I wish you all the best! Please find bellow the link to the current scholarship requirements. https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/factsheets/CSDDV.pdf