Petition to Douglas A. Silliman, Joey Hood, Rex W. Tillerson, Donald J. Trump, Sylvia Evans
Help free a disabled U.S Veteran wrongfully imprisoned in Kuwait.
My daughter may never see her father again. Jermaine Rogers has served his country both in the military and as a contractor overseas. He now faces a lifetime in a foreign jail over fake drug charges. I need your help to get the Trump administration to bring him home. U.S. civilians serving to protect our country and in support of our military have been targeted by Kuwaiti police in the past. These charges have often turned out to be false, but only after the U.S. government intervened on their behalf. Jermaine needs that intervention today. Please sign my petition asking the Trump administration to demand the release of Jermaine Rogers so he can come back to the U.S. Death by hanging. That is almost what happened to Jermaine when he was falsely accused of dealing drugs. The death sentence was dropped, but a lifetime in jail isn’t much better, especially when you are innocent and thousands of miles away in a foreign land. I know Jermaine is innocent. He believes in serving America and that means representing our country with pride and the best behavior. Even if you do not believe my pleas, we should all agree a man who has served his country should not get life in prison for the non-violent crimes they claim he committed. So many people are standing up and speaking on behalf of Jermaine — people like U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut. As his family, we can’t thank them enough. We now need you. Please sign my petition today. Your signature will help bring our family together again and ensure actual justice is served for an American hero.
Petition to President Donald Trump, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Donald Trump, President of the United States, Department of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, M.D.. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Ask President Trump and VA Secretary Shulkin to Re-Possess the Mare Island Naval Cemetery
We respectfully request the Executive Branch, President Donald Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin, to honor the military service of our Nation's Veterans by re-possessing / assuming ownership of the Mare Island Naval Cemetery by Fiscal Year 2020. The Mare Island Naval Cemetery (MINC) is a national shrine but its deplorable condition is a shocking disgrace to the honorable service, uncommon valor, and selfless sacrifice of our courageous Veterans buried there and, even worse, to the dignity our great Nation. After Mare Island Naval Shipyard's closure in 1996 (due to BRAC 1993), the federal government left MINC behind and did not provide any funding to first restore it to honorable conditions (i.e., no National Shrine contract to repair the gravesites) nor for its immense need for ongoing maintenance. The mission of the Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (VA NCA) is to provide a dignified burial and lasting memorial for Veterans and their eligible family members and to maintain our Veterans' cemeteries as national shrines. The MINC is a national shrine as it has about 1,000 graves including Veterans who served since the War of 1812. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, it is the final resting place for three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, James Cooney, William Halford, and Alexander Parker. Also buried there is Anna Arnold Key, the daughter of Francis Scott Key who wrote our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. To preemptively fulfill part of the VA NCA's Urban Initiative, the City of Vallejo is also offering to hand-over additional land adjacent to the cemetery which will increase the burial options for our local Veterans and their eligible family members. We respectfully ask you to please sign this petition and send a message to the Executive Branch to please re-possess / assume ownership of the Mare Island Naval Cemetery by Fiscal Year 2020. Here are background information: http://www.timesheraldonline.com/business/20170421/retired-navy-captain-takes-on-quest-for-mare-island-cemetery-restoration http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20170703/relative-of-young-brit-killed-in-us-service-buried-on-mare-island-hopes-maintenance-efforts-succeed http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20170724/possible-movement-in-effort-to-save-mare-island-cemetery http://www.timesheraldonline.com/opinion/20170726/ralph-parrott-captain-supply-corps-us-navy-retired-cemetery-a-disgrace http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20170809/ralph-parrott-making-progress-in-highlighting-mare-island-cemetery-problems http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20170911/dozens-of-volunteers-clean-up-mare-island-cemetery-for-911-day-of-service http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20180109/possible-solution-to-mare-island-cemetery-situation-in-sight
Petition to Amtrak
Amtrak: Reinstate the Veterans Advantage Discount
Amtrak recently ended its Veterans Advantage 15% discount to veterans, active duty military, retired military and their families. Veterans Advantage was founded by Vietnam Veteran Scott Higgins and his wife in 2000. I believe we must always honor our veterans for their great duty, honor, courage and sacrifice for our nation. Amtrak has a strong track record of supporting our military veterans. Its previous past president, Joseph Boardman was himself a military veteran. During his tenure, he introduced an aggressive goal to make veterans 25% of all new hires by 2015. Amtrak also unveiled a new veteran-themed locomotive for its Northeast corridor routes. That’s why this attempt to eliminate this discount is so surprising. For veterans and/or their families on fixed income, this 15% discount helps make travel aboard Amtrak possible in order to visit family and see America. Many communities across America depend upon Amtrak as an essential form of transportation to connect people and places across our nation. Revoking this discount is a step in the wrong direction. Our railroads have always had a longstanding tradition in honoring the role of veterans throughout the railroad industry. Please sign this petition calling on Amtrak to reinstate the 15% Veterans Advantage discount today.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, President Donald J. Trump, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Joe Wilson
Stop denying earned survivor benefits to military surviving spouses
My husband was serving his 30th year in the Navy when the F-18 he was riding in crashed. He was killed, and in a moment, my family's life changed forever. While my children and I were devastated, and then we were saddened to discover that the Dept. of Defense and Congress was far less supportive. My husband’s earned survivor benefit insurance, the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), a insurance annuity, was not paid to me in full. When he died, I was informed that I would only be getting a fraction of the benefit promised. When I asked why, it was explained to me that those spouses who also were eligible to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Veterans Administration will have their SBP survivor annuity insurance benefits offset dollar for dollar by DIC. Full SBP payment is unfairly denied to those surviving spouses. This is known as the SBP-DIC offset, and we must fight to end it. When I lost my husband, I lost 75% of our household income. Today, most SBP-DIC offset surviving spouses receive compensation of only $15,095 a year. These surviving spouses deserve better from their country. I’m calling on Congress to provide surviving spouses with 100% of the Survivor Benefit Plan promised. Our government is reneging on a voluntarily purchased insurance plan whose entire purpose is to ensure that surviving spouses are taken care of financially should the sponsor pre-decease her/him. When a servicemember makes the ultimate sacrifice, their family shouldn’t have to worry about how they will survive. As a Navy spouse, I was there for countless others who experienced loss. When I lost my husband, I realized how negligent the government bureaucracy is towards families who have paid the ultimate price. I want to be there for those families again. Hopefully, if we can gather enough petition support, the government will not ignore us. Please sign the petition to end SBP-DIC offset for military surviving spouses and ask Congress to pass HR 846, (Rep Joe Wilson, SC) and S 339, (Senators Nelson, FL and Collins, ME), the two bills to change the law and end this unjust offset.
Petition to VetsEDU
Veteran Consumer Protection Act
Veterans & Active Military, like all consumers, are potential targets for deceptive and unfair business practices. VetsEDU's must safeguard our Veterans & Active Military from these practices. Our efforts to eliminate such practices through aggressive enforcement and a vigorous, ongoing educational campaign are an important part of our Veteran & Active Military protection work. Specifically, VetsEDU is working hard, along with other military agencies, to identify, stop, and prevent illegal and misleading advertising related to VA mortgages and refinancing. Some lenders marketing VA mortgages may use aggressive and potentially misleading advertising and sales tactics. Lenders may advertise a rate just to get you to respond, or you may receive a VA mortgage offer that provides limited benefit to you while adding thousands of dollars to your loan balance. In addition lenders may charge fees or points to our Veterans & Active Military just to make more money. Please sign our petition today to help us stop these crooks and pass an educational law protecting those who have protected us!!!
Petition to Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raul Grijalva, Beto O'Rourke, Mike Coffman, Earl Blumenauer, Walter Jones, Lindsey Graham, Dave Joyce, Carlos Curbelo, Ryan Costello, John Rutherford, Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran, Kyrsten Sinema, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
As federal patients, Veterans are being prescribed extremely addictive pharmaceuticals linked to widespread death across the country. Despite this fact, these pills remain at a lower classification within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) than cannabis. Cannabis has helped many people suffering from debilitating conditions such as PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is “legal.” Veterans Health Administration (VA) primary care teams should be educated on how to best implement cannabis into a veterans treatment plan. When a patient is a legal medical cannabis card holder as well as a veteran, they should be afforded the freedom to use cannabis within the VA system as a recognized medical alternative to psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against them. Do you agree: Should veterans be able to treat themselves with medical marijuana? If you do, please join us in the fight to provide veterans safe access and compassionate care within the Veterans Health Administration.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs
Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits
Our family friend, Dan Parks, is a U.S. Navy veteran that fought throat cancer. He was discharged from the military, partially, to end his exposure to ionizing radiation during his work in a weapons and ammunition facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is denying his claim for disability benefits – despite letters from the VA’s own doctors stating that Dan’s exposure likely caused his cancer. Dan needs your help to get the VA to change their decision before it’s too late. Dan was stationed at Naval Submarine Base New London, where he worked with ordinance. During his time at the base, he was also exposed to ionized radiation. Fast-forward a few decades later and has Dan suffered from throat cancer. He now has to plug a hole in his throat to talk; a side effect of the cancer. Dan’s discharge paperwork from the Navy includes a stamp saying he was being discharged, in part, due to the radiation exposure. Multiple doctors with the VA have written letters saying there is a better than even chance that the cancer was caused by Dan’s radiation exposure during his time in the Navy. But the VA has denied his disability claim. The reason? They say there’s no proof he was exposed to radiation in the Navy. As Dan says, “If the VA won’t accept their own doctors, where does a veteran turn?” Dan’s been fighting for benefits for three years. He filed an appeal, but the VA won’t review it for another 18 months. Time is running out. He needs access to life-saving treatment before it’s too late. Please sign this petition calling on the VA to accept their own doctors’ assessments and grant Dan Parks needed health benefits due to the radiation exposure he endured while serving our country.
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, Joni Ernst, Martha McSally, Tammy Duckworth, Donald Trump
Women Who've Served Deserve a National Female Veterans Day
My family has a long tradition of military service, including my father who served in the Marine Corps when I was young. Because of their example, I take great pride in our country and respect those who have served. Yet as a young woman, and Girl Scout, I find it disheartening that the contributions of our nation's two million female veterans are often overlooked. When we think of military service and combat, we often only think of men as veterans. However, 300,000 women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq since the terror attacks of 9/11. More than 1,000 of these heroes were injured in combat. Many others live with the hidden wounds of their service. When these women return home and seek the benefits they are due, their status as veterans is often questioned. This has led to higher suicide and unemployment rates compared to the men they have served alongside. Not only are we shortchanging these women, we are missing out on the opportunity to draw upon their leadership and example. As a nation, we can and must do better than this. By creating a National Female Veterans Day, we can help promote greater dialogue and understanding of the role women have played in the defense of our nation. This petition does not suggest the creation of a new federal holiday, nor is meant to take away from Veterans Day. This separate day of recognition can serve as an educational opportunity for young Americans to learn and become inspired—and for our brave women veterans, a day to be proud of their sacrifice and commitment.