military veteran

20 petitions

Started 3 days ago

Petition to Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Al Jacquet, Bobby Powell, Florida Veterans Foundation, Rick Scott

Florida Scholarship for Dependents of Disabled Veterans

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 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 Florida University, this is extremely disappointing.    I pray and hope that this change takes affect as soon as possible, and I pray and hope that my son will be one to benefit from this scholarship.   Kind regards to all who read this and I wish you all the best!  Please find bellow the link to the current scholarship requirements.

Cynthia Mondeaux
35 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to ,

92nd Infantry Division Monument

The United States is a country that constantly preaches about the need to respect and recognize its military and veterans; yet there is a disconnect in regards to veterans of color. While segregation ended decades ago, the effects are still felt and most noticeable with combat veterans. In World War I the 92nd Infantry Division, a segregated African American combat unit was activated and sent to theater in Europe. Prior to the 92nd, African American service members were relegated to subservient roles and rarely, if ever, saw combat. The 92nd adopted the buffalo as its unit patch, an homage to the original Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Cavalry.  Throughout their campaign in World War I, the 92nd fought bravely and honorably only to return home to the United States and be faced with segregation, abuse, and in many cases, be lynched by white veterans or citizens jealous of their accomplishments while the federal government turned a blind eye. In 1942 the 92nd was reactivated; again, as an all-black unit and sent to the Italian front in 1944. It was there that they engaged in the greatest battles that no one knows about: Sommocolonia and Viareggio. Near Christmas of 1944, the village of Sommocolonia had been seized by German soldiers; and in an effort to stop the halt, First Lieutenant John R. Fox directed artillery fire and continually drew it closer to his location until it was on top of him. When the soldier receiving Fox's transmissions told him it would kill him, Fox simply replied "Fire it." Fox's actions allowed U.S. forces time to organize a counterattack and retake the village. In April 1945, then-Second Lieutenant Vernon Baker led an attack against a heavily fortified German stronghold, Castle Aghinolfi, outside of Viareggio, Italy. In their attack, Baker personally destroyed a machine gun outpost and an observation post, with the help of one of his men he attacked two more observation posts, then exposed himself to the enemy to draw fire so his men could evacuate their wounded. That night, he again led his men through mine fields and heavy enemy fire towards the division objective. John Fox and Vernon Baker were both awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997 from President Bill Clinton, but African American veterans are still vastly under represented and under appreciated in the United States. The village of Sommocolonia has a grave marker for 1LT John Fox as well as a monument with the Italian and American Flags in honor of the men who died during the Battle of Sommocolonia, but there appears to be nothing in the United States for the 92nd. The 92nd Infantry Division has received many commendations from the United States Military, including but not limited to the Medal of Honor (2), Distinguished Service Cross (2), Silver Star (208), Legion of Merit (16), and the Bronze Star (1,166); but outside of a museum on a military base, that civilians cannot visit, there is nothing to commemorate their bravery and sacrifices. While there are some statues in honor of African-American veterans, they are few and far between, and like the 92nd Infantry Museum, usually located on military bases where civilians cannot access. My goal is to someday see statues and monuments dedicated to veterans of color, not just African-Americans, on public lands where than can be visited by anyone and so people of color have something tactile that connects them to the past the way white American have with men like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In an era that is constantly praising current veterans for their service, it is past time that the veterans of the past be praised as well. I plan to take my vision to the Seattle chapter of the NAACP as well as the Seattle city council to seek approval and a proper location for these men. With any luck, by Christmas 2019, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Sommocolonia, there will be, at the very least, a groundbreaking ceremony. My hope is that there are others who would like to see it happen as well. "Deeds, not  Words."

Tom Meaney
12 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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
249 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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: 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         

Military Spouse Chronicles
102,746 supporters