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military veteran

21 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
279 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

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]

Friends of Jeffrey Allen Williams
1,367 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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!

Dianna Clardy
241 supporters
Started 3 months ago

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

Cynthia Mondeaux
120 supporters