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Veterans

151 petitions

Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Department of Veteran Affairs, US Congress, US Senate

Expand comprehensive caregiver benefits to severely disabled veterans of all generations

DAV (Disabled American Veterans), The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) together are calling on Congress to expand the Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) comprehensive caregiver assistance benefits to disabled veterans of all eras.Veterans like myself. Like many husbands, each day begins and ends with my wife, Yvonne. As a former Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and quadruple amputee, I am able to get out of bed every morning and rest comfortably at night because of her. Yvonne is my caregiver—one of America’s unsung heroes who takes care of the millions of disabled veterans living in America. She is why I am urging Congress to extend the Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) comprehensive caregiver assistance benefits to all disabled veterans of all eras. Under the current VA program, some family caregivers for injured veterans are already recognized and supported for their work. But not Yvonne, or thousands of others like her. Today, only caregivers of veterans who were injured on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible - leaving tens of thousands of families caring for veterans without sufficient support or resources. Yvonne—like so many other loving caregivers—made a lifetime of personal sacrifices to help manage my care yet she’s not eligible for all of these benefits. It is virtually impossible for me to take Yvonne for granted, but I feel like the system does. She has been, for all intents and purposes, my most important prosthetic. Her steadfast and tireless support has given me the independence I’ve needed to thrive in life. My family is one of the many veteran families left out because of an arbitrary date in the law. In 1997, I contracted an infection that stopped the blood flow inside my body and put me in a coma for a month.  That left it to Yvonne to make the difficult decision to let doctors amputate all four of my limbs and remove several internal organs in order to give me a chance at survival. But over the last two decades, with Yvonne’s love and support, we have been able to build a meaningful life together. I was able to learn and succeed in a new career in the IT sector. I even learned to ski and golf, competed in cycling races and rose through the ranks to become the National Commander of the 1.3 million member Disabled American Veterans. The things Yvonne does for me—helping me dress, bathe, eat, get out of bed and put on my prosthetics—are all made easier by the fact that she is right there by my side when I wake up in the morning. When a caregiver is able to stay home and provide that kind of round-the-clock care, it helps create a better quality of life and better health outcomes for disabled veterans. It’s also been shown that supporting family caregivers is less costly to the federal government than treating veterans through institution-based options. For example, I am eligible for nursing home care which could cost nearly $400,000 per year, whereas average cost per veteran through VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is under $40,000 annually. In addition to preventing unwanted and more costly nursing home admissions, caregivers reduce overall health care costs by minimizing medical complications and lowering the number of hospital admissions for veteran patients. And perhaps most importantly, it allows so many injured and ill veterans remain in their homes with family. Caregivers truly are America’s Unsung Heroes. Please encourage your Member of Congress to honor and support these unsung heroes by extending ALL comprehensive caregiver benefits to ALL severely disabled veterans, not just those injured after 9/11.

Commander Dave Riley and PL+US
185,966 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio, John J. Divney, Frank P. Edwardi, Jack C. Gibson, Cheryl Kehner, Mary Tighe

Beach Access in SIC should be offered to ALL

Sea Isle City, NJ offers no beach access for the elderly or physically challenged. The blocks they claim to be handicapp beach block entrances are on these blocks:  32, 40, JFK, 44, 63 and 85. However, it seems they do not truly understand the difficulties many face getting onto the beach in Sea Isle City, NJ. Furthermore, what about the residents who live in the south end and not near 63rd or 85th street? Why can't the city of Sea Isle make 55th st and more near it a handicap beach entrance block? The beach access ramps are literally hills & they are very steep and extremely hard to climb. Additionally, there are no blue handicap mats once you get over the mountain of a hill.  Blue handicap mats on the beach would help those who struggle with walking to get down to the beach and near the ocean. To make matters worse these steep ramps are covered with sand and this makes it even more difficult to navigate. More disgraceful, is there are no public restrooms near the beach between 44th and 85th Street. Thus, even if you manage to get your elderly or physically challenged love one onto the beach you have to reverse this process each time they have to go to the bathroom. My elderly Father who is a Navy WW2 Vet deserves better.  He and others with similar physical challenges should not be denied a relaxing day on the beach with family and friends. Nor should they be denied access to a nearby public bathroom while enjoying their time on the beach. I am asking you to like the FB link for the petition, sign this petition, forward it to all your contacts on all your social media accts and to also email the Mayor of Sea Isle City, NJ and SIC Council Members if you agree.  Just copy the text, paste it in the body of your email to the mayor and council and tell them you agree.   His email address is mayorlen@seaislecitynj.us. Here is the email address for the council members:  jdivney@seaislecitynj.us, fedwardijr@seaislecitynj.us, wkehner@seaislecitynj.us and Mtighe@seaislecitynj.us.  Thank you in advance for your time and help. I and many others really do appreciate it.  #WW2NavyVet #ElderlyDeserveOurHelp #HandicappBeachAccess #DoTheRightThingMayorLenny

Karen Rodgers
177 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Afghan and Iraqi Translators Saved American Lives. Make them "Honorary Veterans."

While serving in the US Army in 2008, my Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari saved my life. During an intense firefight, Janis killed two Taliban fighters that had snuck up behind me. Without Janis, they would have killed me. In Iraq and Afghanistan, translators serve alongside the US military and are essential to keeping us safe and helping us do our mission. And they do so at the risk of being targeted by the Taliban, including their families. Janis is not the exception. There are many translators who have saved American lives on the battlefield. Like Fred, who saved 25 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.Supporters had to crowdfund the money to fly him and his family to the US before the Taliban killed him. After serving, Steeler's Offensive Tackle and Army Ranger Alejandro Villaneuva worked hard to get his Afghan translator here. After serving alongside our military, many translators received SIV’s or Special Immigrant Visas, so they could relocated to the United States. Unfortunately, they are not considered veterans. We are asking Congress to honor its promise to our wartime allies. We want them to be treated as the heroes they are when they finally come here after years of screening by the State Department, Defense Department, and Department of Homeland Security. All we are asking is for Congress to name them "Honorary Veterans" so that they can check the veteran's preference box on job applications and 56,000 veteran focused charities to include them in their missions. Many are standing by. We are not asking for VA benefits. This is an innovative idea that comes at no cost to the taxpayer and requires no new regulations.  Best of all, we have bipartisan support!  Yes, people in D.C. can agree on the same thing. This is a simple wording issue. These charities can't help Special Immigrant Visa recipients because technically they are "non-veterans."  Ask me if I think my translator is a veteran.  Ask the guys from the Pennsylvania National Guard who spent their own money to fly their translator here if he is a veteran.  Ask Alejandro.   Since at least World War 2, the United States has a very checkered history of honoring our promises to our wartime allies. Yes, big alliances like NATO matter, but it is the friendships and trust at the individual level that is our greatest diplomatic tool. The world knows that we didn't fully take care of the Filipino soldiers that helped us in World War 2, the Koreans during the Korean War, the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, and now the brave men and women from Afghanistan and Iraq who risked everything to stand shoulder to shoulder with us. With your help, we can change this. We need your voice to get this to the Senate floor. It's time the American people demand our representatives to stand shoulder to shoulder with those that saved American lives. I have a family today because of my translator.

No One Left Behind
34,559 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the United States, Department of Defense

Give Corey the benefits and care he has earned!

My son was assaulted by a soldier breaking his neck. He was hit from behind because he didn’t want to get into the car with them. The Army says this is my son’s fault because if he had gotten in the car when he was told to, he wouldn’t have been hit breaking his neck.  After breaking his neck the soldiers picked Corey up and placed him in the back of a compact car between two other soldiers. They had a Sgt and a paramedic meet them in the parking lot of the barracks where the paramedic evaluated my son and did not call an ambulance for him to stabilize him. It took about 3 hours for them to get Corey to the military hospital where they did not have a neurosurgeon.  The Army refuses to transfer him to a WTU they refuse to start a medboard and they refuse to say this is in the line of duty. SOLDIERS did this to my son. SOLDIERS moved my son around and hauled him around in a car for hours with a broken neck. A Paramedic trained by the army looked at my son, documented that he was barely breathing, paralyzed, had low blood pressure and heart rate, and was in and out of consciousness. This paramedic had a responsibility to call an ambulance to stabilize my son’s spinal cord and administer oxygen, fluids, and medication for his heart rate and blood pressure. A paramedic had the responsibility to transfer my son to a hospital with a neurosurgeon on duty to stabilize my son.  Due to the care and treatment he received at the hands of soldiers and a paramedic on post, my son suffered bleeding into the spinal cord as well as having bone fragments impinging on his spinal cord. He went from paraplegic to quadriplegic all while in he hospital.  Now my son is not eligible for any grants for adaptive technology, home and vehicle modifications, transport to and from therapy, durable medical equipment, or home health care. He is not eligible because the Army refuses to take responsibility for their part in my son’s injuries. I cannot sue because of something called the Fares Doctrine.   My son has suffered enough! For the rest of his life he will have to have someone help him with everyday tasks. He cannot even control his own bowel and bladder function. He is 23 years old.  Help me get the benefits my son deserves!!  I have 5 kids and have worked hard to get where I am. I  am a RN who works at the VA hospital in our area and I am going to lose my job. My FMLA is up this month and I will have to return to work. They won’t even let me work part time so I can care for Corey. Without the benefits being withheld we will lose everything! I can’t leave him by himself and he has to go to therapy. I was told last week to apply for Medicaid. I shouldn’t have to. He is coveeed on my insurance and the army has some responsibility for the extent of his injuries. PLEASE help in any way you can!   To read more of our story or to help share or donate to help with modifications we so desperately need for our home please follow this link https://www.youcaring.com/coreyshackelford-1038083 or you can find my story on Facebook @accountabilityforcorey

Lisa Ensey
269 supporters