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military veteran

15 petitions

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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
83 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks 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