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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.

White Coat Waste Project
147,011 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Humana Military Insurance

TriCare to cover Cranial Helmets for babies who need them

My Granddaughter Addison Kay, a twin was born August 18, 2018. She had spent most of her last month stuck in the birth canal as her Sister pushed down on her. About 2 weeks after her birth we noticed that something wasn't right with the shape of her head. Her Pediatrician diagnosed her with Torticolus and ordered weekly physical therapy to try and help her get full range of motion from her neck muscles. After months of grueling physical therapy Addison was revered to Boston Orthodics in Annapolis where she was then diagnosed with Plagiocephaly, a condition that causes the back of the skull to flatten in some spots and bulge in others. Her Parents were thrilled to learn that this condition could be fixed with a cranial helmet and that surgery would not be necessary. The Family then turned to their insurance TriCare Humana Military as My Son in Law is a Marine, only to find that the helmet would not be paid for unless my Granddaughter underwent surgery and still had a flat head. The helmet is a non invasive way to treat this condition and cost $2000 to manufacture while the surgery runs in the tens of thousands, is invasive and only has a 60 percent success rate. In the 90's the back to sleep movement did wonders in reducing the number of SIDS cases nation wide but it also left over 70% of children with some form of plagiocephaly. In most cases it was mild and Children out grew the symptoms but for others like my Granddaughter, a helmet is needed. We are hoping that enough people stand with us, we can get TriCare to change it's policy and make this a covered or even partially covered expense. Our Military families already live on minimum pay and having to pay $2000 out of pocket is a disgrace.

Angi Grove
218 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Scott DesJarlais

Name VA mental health building in honor of vet who was turned away- Sgt. John Toombs

Sgt. John Toombs served for 6 years in the Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-12.  He came home with PTSD and struggled with substance abuse.  He entered the 90-day treatment program at the Murfreesboro, Tennessee V.A. On November 22, 2016, he was kicked out of the inpatient treatment program.  He had been sober for 70 days when he was abruptly discharged for being late to get his medications. When he was also turned away at the V.A. E.R., he uploaded a video to Facebook saying he had been kicked out "like a stray dog in the rain."  Then, in the future mental health building across from the E.R. that turned him away, he hung himself. On May 24, 2017, Tenn. Rep. Scott DesJarlais introduced bill H.R. 2634 that would name the building where John took his life the "Sgt. John Toombs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility".  While the bill passed the House unanimously on Sept. 25, 2018, it unfortunately died in the Senate and needs to be reintroduced in the new congress. By signing this petition, we respectfully ask Rep. Scott DesJarlais to reintroduce the bill, and we also ask each and every member of the House and Senate to vote in favor of renaming the Murfreesboro building in memory of Sgt. John Toombs, the veteran who was turned away when he needed help the most.  May it stand as a promise to our veterans that we are listening and we will do better to prevent veteran suicide.

J. Montgomery
40,714 supporters