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Veterans

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Brendan Boyle

Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

UPDATE (September 2018): U.S. Congress and the President enacted a law extending restrictions on VA's dog experiments through 2019. Read more here. --- UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) has been using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services.   According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) With the support of 75% of taxpayers and a coalition of influential Democratic and Republican lawmakers, in March 2018 Congress enacted legislation that cuts funding for and drastically restricts future dog testing at the VA. Now, please join us in urging the VA Secretary to PERMANENTLY end this waste and abuse.   William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.

White Coat Waste Project
175,887 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, Donald J. Trump

West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs land fraud

The remaining 400 acres of The Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, popularly known as the West Los Angeles VA; are primarily occupied by private, special interests exclusively providing services unrelated to Veteran housing and healthcare to wealthy, niche and B2B customers. The special interests unduly influence neighborhood councils, VA staff, journalists, city officials, county officers, Veterans Service Organization executives and members of Congress; partially via tens of millions in lobbying, campaign contributions, gifts, barters and criminal bribes - to suspend enforcement of several public laws which clearly define their land-use and frauds to effect it, as illegal. The impact of this reckless racket is the WLA VA resident population of disabled Veterans declined from approximately 5,000 in the 1960’s, when there were no homeless populations in the local communities; to approximately 50 today, while: at least half of all homeless persons near the WLA VA are Veterans, Los Angeles leads the State in Veteran homelessness and California has more homeless Veterans than any U.S. state by a wide margin. The Veteran homelessness caused and facilitated by the attempted theft of the WLA VA in progress, is a direct and significant factor of Veteran suicide, rampant fraud in Los Angeles’ multi-billion dollar affordable housing program and public ignorance. One of many examples of that ignorance and it’s impact, is the baseless criminalization of homeless people by the Board of the unrecognized Brentwood Community Council. The Board, which serves the special interests illegally using the WLA VA instead of Veterans, promotes stereotypes of homeless Veterans as incapacitated vagrants throughout the community in meetings, letters and social media. The misguided public outrage it inspires is the support by which the council’s Board, with the help of fabricated 5150 filings by it’s peers; orchestrates a regular operation of homeless “cleanups”. These events are essentially 10-30 Sheriffs protecting bulldozers and trash trucks destroying and disposing of tents, toiletries, clothing and other life-critical possessions of homeless people, typically 100% disabled combat Veterans. It’s not uncommon for homeless to be arrested in the process, especially those who beg, cry or otherwise plea to cease a travesty with no ultimate purpose beyond stealing land from Veterans. Land that taxpayers uninterruptedly pay dearly for to exclusively provide disabled Veterans the housing, healthcare and related services they earned and need to rehabilitate and re-enter a community instead of homelessness; and the victimization, death and financial waste it begets. The only location these “cleanups” ordered by the Brentwood Community Council occur, are at the gates of the West Los Angeles VA... Amid the fact it’s one of several locations where homeless try to shelter in Brentwood. A few months ago, the Brentwood Community Council failed to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn, per the council’s own filing; the Martin v. Boise Federal Court ruling permitting a person in the U.S. who is homeless, a right to shelter on a public sidewalk from dusk until dawn when no shelter is nearby. Shortly thereafter; a shelter opened on WLA VA property a block away from the homeless Veteran encampment at it’s gates. If one of those homeless Veterans want to use it, they must go to a location at least 9 miles away and wait for a van that doesn’t always show up to take them all the way back; so that homeless person can find out if it has a bed for them and if so, if they can sleep there for the night. This is not a political party problem as there are plenty of crooks in the scandal on every side of U.S. politics. This is not a VA problem; it is caused by those who want to steal VA land, as well as a few large corporations trying to convince us to hand over the entire VA to them. Those diverse special interests are who lobby, bribe and otherwise unduly influence certain VA staff to accomplice them. Although one illegal WLA VA land user and a WLA VA contract officer were convicted of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and other crimes about illegal WLA VA land use about a year ago, both of whom were imprisoned; there haven’t been more arrests amid a long way to go... As you can see from the video. It’s a difficult and incredulous, yet entirely true and ongoing scandal. If you want to review official documents and other credible evidence proving each and every statement above, email your request to rt@nhdvs.net Thank you for reading this. Every single mind aware of this matter is urgently needed to save Veterans lives and billions of dollars that U.S., California and Los Angeles residents invest into housing and services programs for the homeless; most of which haven’t delivered in four years. Uploaded on January 20, 2020   Veterans of the WLA VA respectfully request the immediate termination of  Robert W. McKenrick for failure to oversee that the veterans' experience office was doing outreach and caring for homeless Veterans. We also are requesting a formal investigation into1) Mistreatment of the homeless Veterans along the fence line that resulted in the death of US Army Veteran Jared Chrisman.2) The collusion-like relationship between Brentwood Community Council and Veterans Affairs.3) The illegal leases on WLA VA Veterans' Property that were ruled "void" years ago and still remain on the property. We demand that work on the Purple Line Terminal be stopped until we have been shown the due diligence that led to its approval. We demand to know who approved it, and we demand to see the agreement with Metro. We also support the AMVETS 2019-2020 National resolution to the Master Plan at the GLA VA.       Please watch https://vimeo.com/386146436/e14a3984ea

Robert Reynolds
846 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

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

Medical health registry for Camp LeJeune water contamination for Marine and Navy Personnel

Nearly 900,000 Marine Corps and Navy Veterans were poisoned while stationed at Camp Le Jeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. Approximately 300,000 of the veterans that served during 1953-1987 are deceased due to the nature of the contamination at Camp LeJeune. The toxins were knowingly dumped in the water that we drank, bathed in and cooked with, without us knowing it was happening.  We the Veterans of the United States Marine Corps and Navy are concerned about delayed access to health-care and disability benefits from the Department of Veteras Affairs. Health issues are not being addressed by ASTDR and the VA. As of now there are only 15 diseases that are recognized due to the water toxins, and of those only 8 are recognized for healthcare and disability benefits.  We believe that if we had a health registry like, blue water, burn pits, agent orange, and the 2011 earthquake of Japan it would show there are more diseases that are linked to the water contamination. Then maybe ASTDR, the VA and the CDC would further investigate and study our related health issues, so the thousands of Marines and Navy Veterans that are being denied their claims can get approved. The United States Marine Corps and Navy Veterans served their country with honor and dignity and now we are asking for all our representatives to help us get this Medical Health Registry approved                                                                       Respectfully,                                      Mr & Mrs Brian Amburgey &  Mr & Mrs Daniel Bailey                 

Brian Amburgey
8,835 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to MSA Security, Glen Kucera, Perella Weinberg Partners, Mike Wynn, Justin Kelley, Erin Eizenstat, MSA K9, Paul D’Antonio, Chip Baird, David Ferguson, John Mckee, Santiago Nunez, Selene Ortega

MSA Security: Please Return K9 Mattie to her Military Family

I have tried to sit down to write this message several times but have failed as my family and I have been overcome with tremendous sorrow.  My husband, combat veteran SSG Séamus Fennessy was a K9 handler with MSA Security (Owned by Perella Weinberg Partners “PWP”) for five years. During this time Seamus and his K9 partner Mattie worked exclusively with each other — Mattie never had another handler nor had Seamus had another dog. At the end of 2018 my husband informed MSA that he was going to serve his country on active military duty but would be local and still able to keep up with Mattie’s training. Since MSA had previously allowed handlers to keep their dogs in similar circumstances we had no reason to believe this would be different. Except it was. At the 11th hour only 2 days before my husband went on orders we were abruptly informed that Mattie would need to be returned and someone “would pick her up in the morning”.   Mattie was just shy of her 7th birthday and nearing retirement when she was taken in January of 2019. She is now (as of Mar. 2020) almost 8 and still working, far away from home. MSA & PWP have callously torn our family member, our beloved “Mattie Cakes” from her family who loves and adores her. While our daughters and myself could hardly contain our tears, my husband remained strong despite a barrage of phone calls and texts from MSA which included threats of destroying his military career.  My husband is a veteran and decorated war hero — and in the words of MSA themselves a “great employee”. Mattie is a goofy, lovable pooch who adores playing with the kids in our backyard and napping on the sofa. Neither deserve this treatment.  MSA & PWP have taken Mattie from her loving home and ripped our family apart. This is devastating to everyone involved. Including our sweet Mattie, our lovable goofball who doesn’t understand any of this but is wondering what she did wrong to end up in a kennel torn from her family and everything she knows. It’s this image that haunts me. Mattie is innocent and in true MSA/PWP fashion they are using her as leverage as they routinely do with their dogs.  Please sign our petition to urge MSA Security/ Parella Weinberg Partners to return Mattie to the family who loves her. We would also be so deeply thankful if you would consider making a donation to our fundraiser to Bring K9 Mattie Home: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bring-k9-mattie-home  If you prefer to donate through PayPal, here's our link: https://www.paypal.me/seamusk9 And please let MSA & PWP know how you feel about this! Direct contact has a positive impact. CONTACT INFO: CEO Glen Kucera (the man who made the decision to take Mattie away); gkucera@msasecurity.net Chairman Mike O’Neil (the company’s public face), 516-491-9721; moneil@msasecurity.net K9 Director Mike Wynn (the scumbag who deliberately moved Mattie across the country to keep her from her family), 917-923-5508; mwynn@msasecurity.net or msak9@msasecurity.net The Perella Weinberg people who own MSA keep themselves relatively insulated; they are billionaires after all. So while we don't have their direct numbers, here are the emails of the fellas who oversee MSA:              Chip Baird, cbaird@pwpartners.com                                                            David Ferguson, dferguson@pwpartners.com                                      John McKee, jmckee@pwpartners.com Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) main number, 212-287-3341      (Heads up: PWP falsely claims that Mattie is an MSA internal issue, that they have nothing to do with it. This is false - they are intimately involved with MSA's operations!). MSA Security main number, 212-509-1336 You can also follow our story on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveK9Mattie/ And on Twitter as SaveK9Mattie (@k9_save): https://twitter.com/k9_save?lang=en Here is our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k9_mattie/ And if you wish to contact us about anything, we do our best to answer each one of you individually and as promptly as possible through our email address: k9mattie@yahoo.com Thank you all for your support, and God bless xoxo

Deirdre Igoe Fennessy
227,015 supporters