Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs
Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits
Here we are in 2019 and I had to reopen the petition for Dan Parks, because yet again the VA has failed this Veteran. Dan went through the appeal process in the Summer of 2018. However, at the end of 2018 Dan received a letter from the VA that stated they couldn’t find the transcript from his appeal. This means he has to start over again for his disability benefits. News story on Dan’s appeal transcripts being lost -------------- 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 Dakin Ferris
Protect Our Soldiers and Vets from Negligent Medical Care: Amend the Feres Doctrine
Click this link to contribute to Sfc. Richard Stayskal's daughters. This petition is brought by Natalie Khawam, Esq., MBA, MS of the Whistleblower Law Firm, PA, 400 N. Tampa Street, Suite #1015, Tampa, Florida 33602. Office: (813) 944-7853 Cell: (813)625-2820. Her firm has brought a lawsuit on Sfc. Stayskal's behalf.Petition to Congress to Amend the Federal Tort Claims Act To the Honorable Members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate: We, the undersigned, join together in respectfully urging you to enact legislation to amend the Federal Tort Claims Act (28 U.S.C. Chapter 171) to allow our soldiers to have a right to pursue medical malpractice claims just like every other American. The Feres Doctrine is an outdated exception to the Federal Tort Claims Act that arose from a 1950 Supreme Court decision that bars claims for “injuries arising out of or [occur] in the course of activit[ies] incident to service”. Feres v. United States 340 U.S. 135. This law prohibits service members and their families from bringing medical malpractice and wrongful death claims against military hospitals responsible for serious injuries and deaths. The decision that created the Feres Doctrine ignores the plain language of the Federal Tort Claims Act and has led to profoundly unjust results. Military medical now hide behind the Feres Doctrine when their personnel fail to provide the basic care that could save a person’s life. Why should soldiers be denied recourse just because they are on active duty if they are injured or killed while getting ordinary (non-combat-related) medical care? Sgt. First Class (SFC) Richard Stayskal’s story is the perfect example of the inequality our service members and their families encounter due to the Feres Doctrine. You can read more about his story here. Stayskal and his lawyers believe that a result of Fort Bragg Womack Army Medical Center’s alleged failure to notify SFC Stayskal of the existence of a tumor and promptly treat it, this 36-year old U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret, hero, loving husband and father of two, now has untreatable stage-four metastatic cancer. Four months after his January 2017 CT scan that is reported to have revealed the existence of a mass that should have been tested, SFC Stayskal was rushed to Womack’s Medical Center after exhibiting severe respiratory issues, including coughing up blood. There, his lawyers allege, Stayskal was told the military’s doctors conducted a retrospective review of his January CT scan and noted an abnormality that needed attention and advised a biopsy be taken. Instead of informing SFC Stayskal of this or expediting a pulmonary follow-up appointment, Stayskal reports that Womack discharged him telling him he had pneumonia. After being told that he would have to wait at least one month to see a pulmonologist on base, SFC Stayskal says he was finally approved to see a civilian doctor in June 2017 and have a new CT scan taken. It was at that time that he and his family finally learned the tragic news. Stayskal and his legal team allege the failure of the military’s doctor’s to detect and treat SFC Stayskal’s cancer when they took his first CT scan in January 2017 is the mistake that allowed the aggressive tumor to double in size and metastasize. And now SFC Stayskal and his family have no recourse due to the Feres Doctrine. Absent a miracle, Sfc Stayskal's family will soon be left alone, to fend for themselves. This is a critically important issue to the military and Veteran communities. We need Congressional intervention to change this unfair doctrine that has stripped hundreds of service members and their families of the same rights that all other citizens of our Country have when it comes to medical malpractice. Without a change, military hospitals have no incentive to improve their practices and discharge unqualified doctors. Help our soldiers get quality care. Please support this petition.----------------------Please also consider contributing to a GoFundMe fund for Sfc. Richard Stayskal's daughters by clicking here. Richard was an American hero. His daughters will forever appreciate your support.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Cornyn, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, Paul D. Ryan, 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 Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, President of the United States
Increase The Disabled Veteran Benefits
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website as of November 8th 2018. Disabled veterans are paid on a disability scale that starts from 10% to 100% service connected disability. When the veteran is paid for their disability, it is a certain amount and currently the minimum for a 10% Disabled Veteran with No Dependents is 137$ monthly. The maximum amount is for a 100% Disabled Veteran with spouse, two parents and child at $3,527.22 monthly. This amount is too little and needs to be addressed properly by our government officials. For anyone who lives in any major city in the good old USA knows that the National Average of an unfurnished apartment is $1,500+ and climbing. For example, in most popular cities such as Los Angeles and New York City the average rate of housing is well over $2,500+ for two bedroom unfurnished apartments. The VA benefits are not staying ahead of the housing cost by much and forcing veterans into Welfare/Food Stamps and supplemental state assistance income as a necessity in order to eat and survive normally. Rather than the government throw $640 Billion dollars and growing into the military, give a little more to those that have already served and deserve to be better taken care of. Give them the support they need. The funding to live a less stressful life after they have been hurt mentally and physically, lost their limbs or have become paralyzed. Currently, President Trump's requested budget for veterans for FY2019 is $198 Billion dollars, but this is going to be dispersed upon the service providers and facilities and maybe, just a measly 3.9% actual increase for Veterans Disabilities Benefits. This is not fair. Not right. Not enough. Take better care of our vets. Sign this petition and let it be heard. Increase the benefits across the board for all Disabled Veterans. Starting from the 10% Disabled up to the 100% Disabled. All Veterans have sacrificed and should be treated and taken care of fairly.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives
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.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Did you know that the starting pay for a cadet (a private) in the California Highway Patrol is $5,717.00?Did you know that as of 2017, the starting pay for a private in the United States armed forces is only $1,633.50?Did you also know that the starting pay at McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box is $1,920.00 per month? Our goals. So why the difference in pay?Why are our veterans only receiving the same pay as an employee at McDonalds, Burgers king, or Jack in the Box? Did you know that since establishing the California Highway Patrol in 1929, only 226 officers have died in the line of duty?Did you know that since 2003, at least 268,000 veterans have died in the line of duty?So what career is more hazardous? Our goals. Too, every night a California Patrolmen and an investigator with the Federal Bureau of investigations goes home to their family and sleeps in a nice cozy bed with a roof over their head.Yet often our veterans may not see their families for up to a year or more, and never have a roof over their head. More frightening is the question: why is it that we live in a Country that requires its citizens to raise money to help disabled veterans?Isn't the full and complete care of our veterans the responsibility of the President and the nation that asked our veterans to lay down their lives for the Country? Our goals. If you care and want more for our veterans, please join our in our efforts to reward our veterans by ensuring equal pay, and equal benefits. Too, we are looking for like minds. If you are interested in being a part of our efforts as a volunteer helping to broadcast information, help with publications, and writings, and various other duties, please email me with your contact information to email@example.com. Thank you. Please note. The petition that we will eventually send to the President and those of the Senate and Congress will reflect primarily that which can be reviewed at OUR GOALS. However, until we have heard from each and every individual who signs this petition what they feel that message should be, our PETITION will be in a constant state of change. Only after we have reached 100,000 signatures, will we send out a draft for your approval and eventually the final PETITION. In the meantime, thanks for your help and support. And if you have ideas, please don't hesitate to write us with them.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raul M. Grijalva, Beto O'Rourke, Mike Coffman, Earl Blumenauer, Walter B. Jones, Lindsey Graham, Dave Joyce, Carlos Curbelo, Ryan Costello, John H. Rutherford, Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran, Kyrsten Sinema, Andy Biggs, Paul A. Gosar
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
A Call to Reason As Veterans of the United States Armed Forces we call on the Veterans Health Administration (V.H.A.) to fully recognize cannabis as a viable treatment option, which is a far less toxic alternative to commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Leaders are increasingly aware of the devastation to former military members (and their families) caused by inappropriate prescription of opiates, SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, and other pharmaceuticals. In 2011 the V.H.A. established internal policy officially outlining their position on cannabis, allowing physicians in “legal” states to discuss its use with their patients, at their own discretion. Multiple attempts have been made to resolve the inability of veterans to incorporate cannabis into their official treatment plans. Each and every one of these attempts have been sabotaged. The V.H.A. needs to take action on this issue. Federal leadership in the Executive and Legislative branches of our government need to understand the enormity of this pharmaceutical impact and available remedy. The fact is, veterans are self-medicating with cannabis. Most turn to cannabis after pharmaceutical options, some of which include warnings of suicidal ideation, fail. This situation is untenable. Because the V.H.A. is a federal program, operating in all fifty states, veterans are federal patients and require equal medical treatment/access to cannabis, regardless of state laws. Accordingly, an expansion of existing V.H.A. policy which would meet our needs is in order. The status quo is medically unethical. We request and require: Unobstructed ability to engage in open and honest dialogue with our V.H.A. Primary Care Teams about our use of cannabis, where we can then develop proper treatment plans, documenting our experiences. The ability to participate in research programs conducted by V.H.A., which would further assist us in our understanding of medical cannabis, and how to best introduce it into our treatment regimen. The ability to receive recommendations for cannabis from our V.H.A. Doctors, should that be the agreed upon treatment plan. Prescriptions from the V.H.A. filled at local dispensaries, or where dispensaries are not located/permitted, getting those scripts filled at the V.H.A. Pharmacy. A cannabis farm at every major V.H.A. healthcare facility designed to teach veterans about their medication, how to grow it, and to supply the hospital Pharmacy. This discussion, this reform, is long overdue. Join us.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Andrew M. Cuomo, Department of Justice, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Please help me reunite my family
My name is Anthony Cibelli, and I am a combat veteran of OIF with the 82nd Airborne Division. Please read the body of the text below so that you can understand what a terrible time this is for me. There is nothing more that I want than a chance to be reunited with my wife and two sons, so that we can make our marriage work without further interference. This situation needs oversight from another agency. In my experience, my perception of the ACS employees is that they have served similarly to that of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. I have reported complaints repeatedly to many authorities. Some of those authorities are NYC Department of Investigation, State Attorney General, Public Integrity Bureau, Inspector General, ACS, and even the FBI, due to the scam calls I have received as subject to this now. I even contacted the Adult Protective Services to report what is being done to my wife Stavroula Cibelli. My wife and two sons are being held prisoners by my wife's family, but in a legal fashion, in which ACS has either knowingly, or has been conned into aiding and abetting them, giving the family the ability to keep us separated, thus giving them the ability to keep tormenting my wife, manipulating and coercing her towards a divorce all while she was pregnant. Since the beginning of our marriage, there had been an intrusion, or enmeshment, into almost all facets of our daily life, making things totally overwhelming. This is not hearsay, but from her own claims that her entire day is controlled now by her family. These are people who if they don’t accept you, they will find a way to oust you from your marriage, through calculated and methodical attacks. I hold enough evidence regarding this matter to show that something bigger is happening in the foreground of this investigation. I have multiple witnesses as well that can attest to the lies and corruption that we have been subjected to, between my wife's family and ACS. We have been set up into an ACS/Family Court case which now as a result of, I was guaranteed to not witness the birth of my second born son (mid-December) by Case Workers of Unit 989-5 located at 165-15 Archer Avenue, Jamaica, Queens. They promised me that from the second I met them. They have falsely put forward almost all information that I have provided them, and have depicted me to be delusional, and having imaginary friends. They have also attempted to sabotage my relationship with my therapist of 5 years. They have served the purpose of keeping us divided and giving my wife information that I am uncooperative and unwilling to show myself as a sane individual. They have cancelled visits because I have not been able to meet their harsh demands on such short notice of less than two hours notice. They have falsely reported incidents stating that I threatened them and had a team of men come check me. They have ended visits because of me stating my concern of them not doing their job properly and not carefully paying attention to the interaction of my son and me. They have impersonated each other using names while covering one another’s shifts. These women often show up late, playing on their phones, check their Instagram for most of the time, or have conversations with other staff, and or people. They should not be allowed to be actively engaged in anything other than supervising my visit with my son in order to establish that I am a good father. This all started when we were told by her parents that we weren’t allowed to throw a baby shower for her, because of her getting pregnant before marriage. The family treats women like that of 100 years ago. The family has also tried to manipulate me into committing acts which I rather not state. The family hides the existence of problems that the brother has, and it was he who contributed substantially towards this terrible situation. I hold knowledge that my wife has been emotionally abused, coerced and manipulated. She comes from an enmeshed family that is very controlling. I have substantive evidence and proof that in which she states that her entire day is controlled now, and she is not allowed to do anything but go to work, and her interaction with others is being monitored. She has told others and me that we will not get divorced, but her parents tell the neighbors otherwise and that I beat her. I have texts, and recordings where my wife had stated that ACS had threatened her with removal of our children, into where she had to agree with specific lies about me. She seems to lack cognitive reasoning in opposing anything that the family puts forth. I have recorded conversations, and texts, in which she had promised to me that we will get through this crisis together no matter what, and remain a beautiful family. As a result of their collaborated effort together, I have been thrown in the Psych Ward, had orders of protection placed against me, threatened with incarceration, divided from my family, and ended up becoming homeless for a while. Nothing is worse than being separated from my son George, newborn son Niko, and wife Stavroula. They have used the fact that I am an 82nd Airborne Veteran against me and have depicted me as a monster because of PTSD and TBI, and have violated my civil rights. Through these malicious acts I have now been prevented me from finishing school, gaining employment, and have placed me in a position of financial hardship, and have alienated me as a parent to where my son George doesn’t interact with me at all the way he used to and now cries for his mother during the only 2 hours a week that I get to spend with him. They are trying to take away all my rights as a parent, which is completely ridiculous. There are multiple attorneys against me, and one is a high profile attorney. No attorney is interested in taking my case because I do not have the amount of money that is needed for a retainer, and they are easily scared off when they know who the opposition counsel is. All I pray for is that someday I can be reunited with my family, but for now I must fight for both of my sons. Please consider signing this petition, and sharing as well. This is truly a difficult time for me, and all of us. My Gofundme will fund attorneys for family, criminal, and divorce courts, other legal fees, and other various expenses related to the ongoing crisis. *I am still trying to prevent a divorce, because my wife and I should not let ANYONE come in between us and divide our beautiful family.* All I pray for is that someday I can be reunited with my family, but for now I must fight for both of my sons who do not have a voice. Thank you all for reading. I wish you all a Happy New Year, and that you all get what you dream for in life from this day forward. Thank you for your support! AATW, Anthony Cibelli