Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Veterans Affairs, Pete Olson
Provide Accurate Breast Cancer Screenings for Servicewomen and Families!
Servicewomen and military families deserve the same preventative breast cancer care and treatment to which other women have access. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. However, when detected at an early stage, chances of survival increase dramatically. Accurate and efficient preventative screenings are crucial. I am a mammographer and the wife of a veteran. I often hear how breast cancer is caught early because of 3D mammography -- and I know how critical it is that the military community has access to this life saving technology. According to an article in Society of Breast Imaging, “3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, has been shown by many research studies to improve the results of mammography when compared to usual 2D digital mammography. If a woman chooses to have mammography, she should have the best possible outcome and that means 3D instead of 2D in almost all cases.” Jan 25, 2017 3D Mammograms are covered by most major programs including Medicare. HOWEVER, under Tricare insurance, covering veterans, active military and dependent, it is NOT COVERED. Help me make this change for our veterans and military dependents. Sign now!
Petition to Department of Defense, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Keep USUHS open!
On October 31, 2019, the Department of Defense began a Defense-Wide Review. This review looks at the current budget and areas of spending within the Department of Defense, as well as where cuts can be made. Among the areas being considered for budgetary cuts is the military health system and funding for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Decreasing funding to the Uniformed Services University (USU) is concerning for many reasons. First, USU is an institution designed to prepare physicians, advanced practice nurses, and other healthcare professionals for the unique challenge of military medicine. Graduates of USU are valuable assets to military commanders as advisors in the care and protection of their personnel, as well as the overall readiness and lethality of the unit. In addition to the standard curriculum, USU prepares healthcare providers to care for the warfighter in all environments, from Fort Bragg to Kabul, Afghanistan. Concepts of mission-focused medicine are interwoven throughout the curriculums and culminate in an annual field training exercise that emphasizes the preservation of life in even the most austere environments. The decreases in funding would cause USU to close its doors. That closure would mean a decrease in medical providers prepared to care for our warfighters. This is a direct threat to our ability to maintain a lethal and medically ready military. In the interest of the continued health and lethality of our military, I urge you to support the continued funding of the Uniformed Services University, keep the doors open!
Petition to Washington Post
Washington Post: Issue Apology for Glorifying ISIS Leader as “Austere Religious Scholar"
The undersigned are American citizens, former service members and national security professionals who have in the past taken the oath to defend our nation, including American-Muslims, some of whom have worn the uniform of the world’s greatest nation, the United States of America. The Washington Post marked our military’s successful killing of the world’s most-wanted terrorist, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, by calling him an “austere religious scholar” in its headline, cloaking Baghdadi with the religious authority and legitimacy at the core of humanity’s ideological struggle against ISIS. We condemn The Washington Post’s headline in the strongest possible terms. We demand an apology and accountability in the form of an internal review. To that end, we highly encourage the utmost public transparency during that process. This is not a debate over foreign policy. This is not a partisan critique. This is not a war of words or semantics. This is simply a demand that we call Baghdadi what he was: a terrorist who perpetrated genocide, mass rape, slavery, and horrors reserved only for the darkest chapters of human history. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi directed, oversaw, and personally engaged in some of the most horrific human rights violations the world has seen. He personally directed the capture, torture, and murder of four American civilians. He reportedly personally engaged in raping an American who had dedicated her life to helping others. 86 American service members and two U.S. Department of Defense civilians lost their lives in Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign to defeat ISIS. The Washington Post made a critical and reckless misstep, violated the public trust, ignored their fundamental obligation to the American people, to the truth, and committed a substantial injury not just to the memory and families of our fallen, but to all of the American people. We acknowledge the headline was changed. We also acknowledge that your senior leadership failed to comment, failed to apologize, and failed to provide any degree of professional and due accountability. We are hopeful that The Washington Post can rise above this egregious failure to remedy the injury it has caused our great nation. The views expressed in this letter are those of the individuals and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, or the U.S. Department of Defense. If you choose to promote this petition after signing it, your contribution will help advertise the petition to a wider audience of supporters and all contributions go to Change.org.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Cornyn, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, Bryan Steil, Department of Veterans Affairs
Require the VA to provide service dogs to veterans in need
Our military veterans are heroes. They face struggles that we couldn't imagine, and they do it selflessly to protect our great country. However, their transition home can often be just as difficult because of mental and physical ailments from their service. The waitlist for the VA is far too long to quickly handle the care of every returning veteran, but their medical needs are urgent. Some of these needs can only be treated through direct medical care, but other needs can be met through a service dog. Service dogs can be trained to care for people with PTSD, visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and many other conditions. Furthermore, these dogs can ensure that the veteran is never alone while dealing with these conditions. Currently, the VA offers service dogs to those with hearing/sight loss and mobility impairments. However, they do not offer dogs to veterans with psychological issues, such as PTSD. I am advocating that, as part of the VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) evaluation process, the VA offer dogs to all veterans diagnosed with psychological or physical conditions. This small step would make a massive difference in the lives of these men and women. They've given everything for us. Let's give back to them.
Petition to Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Recall City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for Inaction On The Homeless Crisis
UPDATE: If you are registered to vote in the City of Los Angeles and can help gather signatures on paper, please help! The official petition can be downloaded on the recall website at: www.recallthelamayor.com Let's get to 400,000 and more! Please sign and share far and wide! Send the message Mayor Garcetti MUST GO! This Change.org petition is a symbolic effort to gather signatures to send a message to recall Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. Mayor Garcetti’s inaction and lack of prioritization for the citizens of Los Angeles has caused third-world conditions, with disease breeding devastation on the homeless of Los Angeles who are forced to live in conditions that are a danger to all of the public health. Visit the Recall Website for the latest and please donate here! www.recallthelamayor.com Blog: https://recallthelamayor.blogspot.com/ Facebook Group Page: Recall L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Use hashtag #recallgarcetti According to The Los Angeles Times, as of June 4th, 2019, homelessness in the City of Los Angeles has soared to 36,000 people, a 16% increase. County-wide, homelessness has increased by 12% totaling 58,936 people (Source: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority). These alarming numbers represent 3,000 homeless veterans (The Los Angeles Times). In 2011, the homeless population was 39,411 (LAHSA), there is an increase of 19,522 homeless people in Los Angeles County to date. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, every day of 2018, 133 homeless people moved into permanent housing, but another 150 people became homeless. The L.A. Times cites, one of the largest increases are people 18 to 24 years old. In a recent statement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the crisis “heartbreaking.” What is heartbreaking is the second largest City in the nation has a Mayor who remains behind the scenes, instead of making an aggressive effort to help the very citizens he took an oath not to harm. This petition seeks the public’s help to remove this ineffective public servant from office! Please sign this petition and let the homeless know they are being seen and heard, and that the people of the City of Los Angeles, will no longer tolerate this type of inaction on a crisis endangering all of the public health. Source: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-count-encampment-affordable-housing-2019-results-20190604-story.html Visit the Recall Website for the latest stories: https://recallthelamayor.blogspot.com/ Media Contact: (213) 446-2980 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Georgia Governor, Jackie Johnson, Mr. Rocky Bridges, Chris Carr, Mr. Chris Lee, Sheriff Jim Proctor
Help us demand prosecution of the murderers of slain Army Veteran Taylor Justin Williams
As a mother, we plan out our child’s lives from the moment they’re born. Never did I imagine my son’s life would be so short-lived or ended so violently. Taylor was in the medical field saving lives, not taking them. He accomplished so much during his short time on this earth. In my heart, I feel strongly he had a lot more to accomplish. I miss him every minute of every day. This is a nightmare no mother would wish upon any other. To all involved in the murder of my son Taylor Justin Williams, I have this to say: You can’t imagine how devastating it is for any parent to receive a knock at the door to be told by police that their child is dead. To make this horrible situation even more overwhelming, I live 1800 miles away, therefore not allowing me to see for myself that Taylor really, truly was dead. My initial thought was maybe they made a mistake in the identification? When it partially sank in, I dropped to my knees crying hysterically for my baby. Please God no, not my boy. I begged and pleaded for God to give him back. Screaming throughout the house, “he’s mine and I want him back!” As family members start to fill the house and get the journey to Georgia in motion, I still wanted to keep the tiniest bit of hope that it wasn’t really my Taylor. My mind was in shock, I was vibrating unable to eat, drink or sleep. I just wanted to get to Georgia as fast as I could. When I finally was able to see my lifeless boy, who was always full of energy, I once again dropped to my knees. I heard a loud, guttural sound and was later told that it came from me. It’s true, my son is dead, gone forever never to hug me or tell me “love you” again. I beg God to take me too, please! We aren’t supposed to bury our children. I will NEVER FORGET, as no loving mother would. You took a part of my heart and soul the moment that knife plunged into my son’s body repeatedly causing fatal stab wounds. Nobody from your group tried to stop you nor did you try and control yourself from stabbing my unarmed son numerous times. Then when my son’s friend tried to pull his lifeless body away from you, you continued to stab his unarmed friend numerous times as the others looked on. As my son lay there lifeless and gurgling (as described by one of the four) I have to wonder did anyone feel remorse, sadness, empathy? I think about what was described to me, and it pains me every minute of every day. Was my son scared? What was he thinking? Did he say any last words? Was he sad to be torn from his life? I’m terribly sad because he died so brutally with no love around him, alone with nobody to care and hold him as he gurgled on his own blood. I’m dying inside as I write this. It’s shocking to realize how people are so desensitized to death and destruction. Their behavior and the legal system’s delay in taking action is very disturbing. Residents in the area should be fearful, this type of behavior demonstrates anger with no control and this could very easily happen again in my opinion. Taylor wasn’t the only one murdered that fateful night. I too was murdered, not physically but emotionally. I will admit I wanted you to murder me too so I could be with my son. You took an integral part of me. You changed my journey in life to one I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Let me remind you, very strongly, that I will never forget and I will fight for justice until it is served. This is now my full-time job. I love you my son, Taylor Justin Williams.#JusticeForTaylorWilliams - Nichole Williams, Grieving Mother
Petition to The people of the USA
November should be a month for veterans not a day
I strongly believe that the veterans who have fought for our rights and freedoms simply don’t get enough credit. After everything that they have done for us I don’t think it’s outside of us to honor them for what they’ve done, celebrate for what they’ve done and for the ones who’ve come home, and mourn the ones who were killed in action or are no longer with us.
Petition to U.S. Senate, Dan Brown, Kathy J. Byron, Lee Ware, Mike Cunningham, Timothy Hugo, Bill Eigel, Jason Holsman, Daniel Marshall, III, Jacob W Hummel, Robert B. Bell, Israel D. O'Quinn, Jamilah Nasheed, Bob Onder, Ron Richard, David E. Yancey, John Joseph Rizzo, Caleb Rowden, Margaret B. Ransone, Dave Schatz, Scott Sifton, Wayne Wallingford, Michael J. Webert, Paul Wieland, Tony O. Wilt, Christopher T. Head, Jeion A. Ward, Mark L. Keam, Eileen Filler-Corn, Kaye Kory, Joseph C. Lindsey, Lamont Bagby, David J. Toscano, Steve E. Heretick, Michael P. Mullin, Jeffrey M. Bourne, President of the United States, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, U.S. House of Representatives
Stop Forcing Mail-Order Pharmacy as the Only Option of Coverage
Patients' lives depend on choice. **Since starting the petition, I have realized that there are many issues other than temperatures with forced mail-order pharmacy. Mail-order pharmacy is very loosely regulated. There are life-threatening delays, lack of face-to-face relationship with pharmacists for people with chronic conditions, and rapid closures of our independent pharmacies; although, a recent study showed people prefer independent pharmacy (2018, Gill). *************Our Story************* Our son, received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 2 from a 3-year-old little girl. His life depends on the potency and effectiveness of chemotherapy/immune suppression medications every 12 hours to prevent his body's immune system from fighting off his transplanted liver. In the past mail-order delivered his liquid oral medications in nothing but a plastic envelope on a 102-degree day on a hot enclosed not temperature controlled UPS truck. Shortly after, he went into liver rejection which could have resulted in complete liver failure or death. I speculated that the medication could have been too weak after the delivery of medications in high heat. I vowed to never again risk his life with mail-order pharmacy. Recently, we were mandated/forced to only use mail-order pharmacy in order to receive coverage for his life-saving medications. The package arrived in only a bag on a hot day without an ice pack. The hot non-temperature controlled enclosed delivery truck can reach temperatures up to 170 degrees. His labs elevated again afterward. My son wants to know, "Why would they do that?" I contacted the manufacturer, who performs the testing stated that both of my son's medications should be discarded and considered less potent once stored above 86 degrees as higher temperatures and freezing could both result in lower potency. Liquid medication is the most harmed by the mishandling of medications outside of the manufactures temperature storage guidelines. I contacted the mail-order pharmacy who refused to replace or take back the medication. They said the law & USP Pharmacopoeia allows them to ship up to 104 degrees, although the manufacturer states it is not proven safe at these temperatures. However, I have received communication from USP Pharmacopoeia who writes guidelines for storage, and they also said that the mail order pharmacy should follow the manufacturer's guidelines of 59-86 degrees for storage. Again, the trucks reach up to 170 degrees which is much hotter than 104. I contacted the FDA, who states that the mail order pharmacy should be using the manufacturer's guidelines that have been proven safe..However, since the mail-order pharmacies are regulated loosely by the State Board of Pharmacy, not the FDA. There was nothing that the FDA could do. I made over 30 calls to the insurance company begging for them to please let us pick my son's medications up at the local pharmacy at which they are filled. My son's physician wrote a note/appeal as his transplant team has stated that they have tried to voice their concerns about this issue with their pediatric/child patients and no one is listening! The insurance company still denied the doctor's appeal for us to pick up my son's medications in the safest way. It was not until the Media became evolved that the insurance company budged. I felt helpless and have united with many other pharmacists, physicians, patients, mothers and fathers, and caregivers who feel the same way. Helpless. Mail-order of prescription drugs should be a choice, not the only option of coverage. Mail-order pharmacies may appear to save money, but when my son ended up in the hospital after taking medications that could have been compromised by having lower potency, the cost of the rejection was thousands of dollars. If his liver would have fully failed, the cost of his liver transplant for just 5 days (he was in the hospital for 5 weeks) was over $1,000,000. The lax regulation and oversight may save money on prescription drug plans but may come at an increased cost to the health plan itself. Also, keep in mind the endless waste of medications that automatically are sent regardless of whether or not patients need them. Also, people with chronic, complex conditions, should always have the option of face to face interaction with a pharmacist who knows their complex needs and medical history. The pharmacist and patient relationship are crucial to the successful outcome of the patient's overall health. Taking this away is harmful to patients and be more costly to our already stressed healthcare system. Only allowing mail-order pharmacy for coverage is unethical and irresponsible. I share stories on my social media sites every day of patients who are suffering from lack of choice. We need your help to make mandatory mail-order an option, not a mandate. YOUR URGENT SUPPORT WILL SAVE LIVES! THANK YOU!! WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THE SUPPORTERS, CAREGIVERS, & PATIENTS. Thank you, Loretta Boesing, Founder of Unite for Safe Medications You may make a tax-deductible contribution to support our advocacy here Email: email@example.com Facebook Page: Issues with Mail Order Pharmacy @justamomwholovesherson Twitter: @BoesingLoretta The greatest way that you can help is by sharing this petition & gathering 2-3 people in your community who are having issues and speak to your legislatures. Reference: Gill, Lisa L. “Consumers Still Prefer Independent Pharmacies, CR's Ratings Show.” Product Reviews and Ratings - Consumer Reports, 7 Dec. 2018, www.consumerreports.org/pharmacies/consumers-still-prefer-independent-pharmacies-consumer-reports-ratings-show/