Petition to LTG Kenneth R. Dahl, Commanding General, IMCOM, Thom Tillis
Don't take respite care away for military families with special needs children
The U.S. armed forces have an amazing program called the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). The EMFP helps families with special needs children gain access to respite care professionals. The program has helped alleviate some of the stress and strain for parenting a special needs child by allowing parents to take time to clear their minds, recharge, and be the best parents they can be for their child. But this program is now under budgetary threat. Losing access to this program would force families into the financially difficult position of relying on civilian programs and providers. But the unique circumstances of military families make relying on civilian programs and support providers that much more precarious. Sometimes, military families are living on bases in rural areas where it is difficult to find service providers for our special needs children. Additionally, military families often rotate from base to base every 3 to 5 years -- forcing a family to essentially “start-over” with each new assignment. I don’t say this to complain. This is what we sign up for and we are proud to serve our country. But our families need the support this military program provides. Budget cuts have slowly eroded the program’s availability across the armed forces for all but the most severely disabled children. And now these budget cuts are due to hit Army families in June 2017 -- despite that fact the the Army has the largest number of families with children on the autism spectrum. We are begging Congress to please not balance the budget on the backs of the families who need this respite care program the most. Please sign and share this petition. It’s important to let Congress know that military families need all the support they can get -- and military families with special needs children require this support so much more!
Petition to United States Congress, John McCain, Jack Reed, Mac Thornberry, Adam Smith
End Military Mental Health Crises and Suicides: Create Behavioral Health Corps.
Since WWII, the number and cost of psychiatric casualties has far exceeded the combined total of soldiers both wounded and killed in action. For every soldier killed on the battlefield, 25 die by their own hands. Twenty-two veterans take their own lives every day. Of those, only about five are in the VA Health Care System. This is a problem that is grossly neglected. These deaths and mental health crises are highly preventable, however not much is being done to ensure that. While reports have long since exposed gaping holes in military policy & procedure, there has yet to be action in changing simple yet impactful policies. In an effort to instill impactful change and save lives, The Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery & Social Justice is launching this petition to put pressure on Congress to create a Behavioral Health Corps. In every branch of the U.S. military there are the following Corps: medical; nursing; chaplain; legal; and supply. There is no mental health or behavioral health Corps. Furthermore, mental health professionals are siloed. Psychiatry is assigned to the Medical Corps; psychiatric nursing is assigned to the Nursing Corps; psychology, occupational therapy and social work report to what’s called the Medical Services Corps. And there are thousands of qualified mental health professionals at community health centers on base who are forbidden to administer care to our soldiers. All of this results in no coordinated policy on training or standardization of treatment and care, as well as tremendous waste, redundancies and huge financial cost. Bottom line: no one is accountable for mental health. Because of this, one mental health professional can end up being responsible for 6,000 active duty, deployed soldiers. Classified army studies revealed that a typical infantry soldier can withstand 180 days on the battlefield before becoming a psychiatric casualty. Because of this, there can be up to a three-month waiting period for a deployed solider who is suicidal. Because of this, there are more than 360 PTSD programs in the Department of Defense, each operating in silos with different staffing and processes. Creating a Behavioral Health Corps is merely the first step in ending this devastating cycle, as there are many other issues such as the military’s 100 year-old mental health policy (that is proven ineffective!), the 203 policies that re-enforce stigma and other policies responsible for chronic mental health staffing shortages. Our soldiers and veterans deserve the highest quality of care during and post-service. Join us in taking steps to end preventable military mental health crises and suicides. Take Action: Sign this petition. Join in the conversation with #BHCnow - sample Tweets below. Our soldiers & vets deserve the highest quality of care. Make military mental health a priority, establish a Behavioral Health Corps. #BHCnow @SenJohnMcCain Make military mental health a priority, establish a Behavioral Health Corps. #BHCnow http://bit.ly/2tKkzaD End military mental health crises & suicide, sign this petition to create a Behavioral Health Corps: http://bit.ly/2tKkzaD #BHCnow #SaveOurVets This organization is striving to end #military mental health crises & #suicide. Read how you can help make a difference. http://bit.ly/2tKkzaD #BHCnow Handles to tweet at: @SenJackReed @SenJohnMcCain @MacTXPress @RepAdamSmith About the Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery & Social Justice The Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery & Social Justice is the only known organization dedicated to the transformation of military mental health care services, support and policy. Its mission is to investigate, identify and eliminate root causes for repetitive, self-inflicted crises in military mental health care to ultimately influence public policy and practice. The Institute believes all military members and their families should have access to the highest quality mental health care services available during active duty and following service. It is located at Antioch University in Seattle, Wash., and was founded by Mark Russell, a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, CDR, Ph.D. ABPP, who has seen firsthand the devastation our troops and veterans are experiencing as a result of our outdated and outrageous military policies
Petition to Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio, John J. Divney, Frank P. Edwardi, Jack C. Gibson, Cheryl Kehner, Mary Tighe
Beach Access in SIC should be offered to ALL
Sea Isle City, NJ offers no beach access for the elderly or physically challenged. The blocks they claim to be handicapp beach block entrances are on these blocks: 32, 40, JFK, 44, 63 and 85. However, it seems they do not truly understand the difficulties many face getting onto the beach in Sea Isle City, NJ. Furthermore, what about the residents who live in the south end and not near 63rd or 85th street? Why can't the city of Sea Isle make 55th st and more near it a handicap beach entrance block? The beach access ramps are literally hills & they are very steep and extremely hard to climb. Additionally, there are no blue handicap mats once you get over the mountain of a hill. Blue handicap mats on the beach would help those who struggle with walking to get down to the beach and near the ocean. To make matters worse these steep ramps are covered with sand and this makes it even more difficult to navigate. More disgraceful, is there are no public restrooms near the beach between 44th and 85th Street. Thus, even if you manage to get your elderly or physically challenged love one onto the beach you have to reverse this process each time they have to go to the bathroom. My elderly Father who is a Navy WW2 Vet deserves better. He and others with similar physical challenges should not be denied a relaxing day on the beach with family and friends. Nor should they be denied access to a nearby public bathroom while enjoying their time on the beach. I am asking you to like the FB link for the petition, sign this petition, forward it to all your contacts on all your social media accts and to also email the Mayor of Sea Isle City, NJ and SIC Council Members if you agree. Just copy the text, paste it in the body of your email to the mayor and council and tell them you agree. His email address is email@example.com. Here is the email address for the council members: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and Mtighe@seaislecitynj.us. Thank you in advance for your time and help. I and many others really do appreciate it. #WW2NavyVet #ElderlyDeserveOurHelp #HandicappBeachAccess #DoTheRightThingMayorLenny
Petition to Bill de Blasio, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Cuomo, Andrew Lanza, James Oddo, Deborah Rose, New York City Department of Transportation
Name a S.I. Ferry after Firefighter and hero John G. Chipura (USMC, FDNY, NYPD, BSA).
We recommend that one of the future Staten Island Ferries in the Michael Ollis Class be named after Firefighter John G. Chipura, a Staten Islander who sacrificed his life in response to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. We are blessed that we have a multitude of heroes in this great city who serve with distinction and honor. On 9/11 alone, we lost 343 members of the FDNY, 23 members of NYPD and 37 members of the Port Authority Police department - many of them from Staten Island. Any of these heroes deserves the honor of having a Ferry named after them, so what makes John G. Chipura uniquely deserving? John was a Staten Islander who lived a life of service and died a hero of this city, of this state and of this great nation. In his name, John’s life of service continues after his death. John started his service at a very young age by joining the Boy Scouts of America - Troop 21. John had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts, eventually became an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master. John joined the United States Marine Corps. and was on active duty in Beirut, Lebanon when the Marine Corps. barracks was bombed on October 23, 1983. Although knocked unconscious from the blast, John survived. John lost 241 "brothers" in that terrorist attack and remained steadfast in his duty and service to his country. The United States Marine Corps. Facebook page features a quote from John, "We Marines are truly blessed. We get to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom because we know its price." John was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Iwo Jima Association and the Beirut Veterans Memorial Association. He served two tours in this war-torn area before receiving an honorable discharge in 1984 and returned to Staten Island with a hardened resolve and an even stronger will to help people. John then joined the honored ranks of the New York City Police Department and proudly served as one of the "Finest". With great courage and distinction, John was highly decorated and rose to the rank of Detective in Brooklyn's 72nd Precinct, Brooklyn South Narcotics. Transferring to the New York City Fire Department, John followed in the footsteps of his father Anthony Chipura, and his brother Capt. Gerard Chipura/ E164, as a member of the "Bravest." John continued his tradition of honor, service, and sacrifice as a firefighter with Engine 219/ Ladder 105 in Brooklyn. On 9/11/01, John answered the call and sacrificed his own life so that others might live. While John's life is over, his legacy continues through his foundation http://www.johngchipurafoundation.org Through fundraising by the John G. Chipura Foundation, he still (posthumously) supports Scouts, Veterans, Firefighters and Police Officers in need. Throughout the year, members of these groups and civilians from all walks of life, gather to honor John's memory and support the foundation in his name. This keeps the memory of John alive, as well as his duty of service to others. Additionally, an annual blood drive in John's name has saved the lives of countless New Yorkers over the past 14 years by collecting over 1,000 units of blood for the NY Blood Center. John Chipura's amazing life story represents the distinguished honor and dedication to this country that every member of service strives to achieve. Naming the Ferry in his honor will remind people from all over the world of the heroism John Chipura embodied in all walks of his service. From the Scouts, to the Marines, to the NYPD and the FDNY, John lived his life in service of his city, his state, and his country. It's hard to find a more fitting role model to bestow this honor on. Thank you for signing.
Petition to Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump
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 Commissioner Al Higgenbotham (Commissioner Al Higgenbotham, Hillsborough Co., FL), Commissioner Sandy Murman, Commissioner Victor Crist, Commissioner Ken Hagan, Commissioner Stacy White, Commissioner Pat Kemp
Protect the Confederate War Memorial in Tampa
In 1911, Hillsborough Co., FL acknowledged the memory of her fallen sons by dedicating the "Memoria in Aeterna" at the 1891 Courthouse. The monument cost $3,000, most raised from citizens of the County by the Tampa Chapter 113, United Daughters of the Confederacy, including a $500 contribution from the City of Tampa. The dedication speech acknowledged "the heroism and courage of those who wore the gray". In 1952, a new courthouse was erected, and the County re-located the memorial to its current position there. There have been efforts to 'erase' the Memorial from Tampa's civil landscape before, but they were strongly rejected by the citizenry. In 1996, the Memorial was restored, and in 1999 when vandals damaged the statue, Hillsborough County repaired it. Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller is a recognized #heritagehater. He used the tragic Charleston Church murders and faux tears to break the 'agreement' that Commissioner Jan Platt bartered regarding the County Seal, that erected a historical 3rd National CSA flag from an innocuous display in the County's center. He had the flags taken down and now he is demanding the 1911 War Memorial MUST GO! In opinion polls across Florida, the overwhelming number of voters oppose removal of these historical veterans memorials - but Les Miller doesn't care...he says the War Memorial is "divisive" and must go. In an "ISIS" - like purge, New Orleans has ripped down its most prominent War Memorials, and they are falling like dominoes...Orlando, Gainesville and how here. "The opponents say they are 'symbols of 'White Supremacy'". We say they are no more or no less "white supremacist symbols" than is the United States herself. Memorials to Confederate Veterans are just low hanging fruit in the current War on America. Let's stand strong and tell the Commission: "Keep Your Their Hands off the Confederate War Memorial". Veterans Monuments, even relating to unpopular wars, should be RESPECTED and PROTECTED. If the Commission can't decide - LET THE PEOPLE ACT - put it to a referendum! -------------- SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to loose elections in Florida. More info: www.sshfl.org
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs
Massage Therapy Benefits covered by the VA.
My Fellow Americans... I reach out to you today as a massage therapist and Military family member. I've been practicing massage for 11 years now and my brother Lcpl. Jason A. Parker is a US Marine..both my Grandfathers are USAF..my Uncle Tim is Army..Uncle Joe RIP, was also a Marine. Our Armed Forces endure more physical and emotional stress than most of us could imagine. They would happily continue doing so quietly..because they were built for it. Their warrior spirits take on the burdens and trauma of the world..i ask you to help me secure medical coverage for massage therapy through the U.S. VA. They currently have ZERO coverage for this therapy. One of the most beneficial treatments for PTSD is massage therapy..not to mention, a lot of our Military come home in need of multiple surgeries..massage breaks down post surgical scar tissue..AND..the emotional scars that battle leaves on them. Thank you for your time..lets do right by our Military and demand the VA cover this benefit.
Petition to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, The United State Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Phil Roe, Jon Tester, Johnny Isakson, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Richard Blumenthal, Thom Tillis, Mike Bost, Elizabeth Esty, Gregorio Sablan, President of the United States, Donald Trump
DEFEND ELDERLY DISABLED VETS: VA Individual Unemployability (IU) Demise for FY18
SIGN THIS PETITION TO SUPPORT ELDERLY DISABLED VETERANS!!!! I am a disabled Marine Corps combat Veteran. I put forward this CALL FOR ACTION on behalf of the countless WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Vets that could be negatively affected by proposed changes in the 2018 Federal Budget surrounding VA Individual Unemployability (IU). We are requesting that the proposed changes to IU NOT BE ENACTED. Our nations' disabled Veterans that are at or reaching retirement age and who have sacrificed and given so much to our country should not be put in positions of compromise or, potentially, of HOMELESSNESS when at their most vulnerable. They certainly DID NOT do the same when asked to serve and to go into harm’s way! The Executive Budget Proposal for FY 2018 includes changes to VA Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits to fund the expansion of the Veterans Choice program. While Veterans Choice is a great program used by many us Veterans it should not be expanded at the expense of those severely Disabled Veterans receiving IU when at retirement age. IU provides Veterans who are between 60% to 90% disabled with pay at the 100% disabled rate due to their inability to be gainfully employed because of their service connected disabilities. The proposal in this budget would be to retract IU benefits when Veterans reach the minimum age for retirement of 62 and, therefore, being eligible for social security benefits. WE NEED TO IMPROVE VETERAN BENEFITS AND NOT REDUCE THEM! This is problematic because: 1) Veterans receiving IU have been forced from the workplace due to their service connected disabilities and have not accumulated the same Social Security benefits as someone who was able to be gainfully employed for their entire work eligible life. 2) These same Veterans have not been able to save either through personal savings or employer sponsored retirement plans as if they would have been able to had they been gainfully employed. 3) Most Americans who are not disabled Veterans are not able to retire at the minimum retirement age of 62 so assuming that disabled Veterans would retire at this age is inequitable. Disabled Veterans who suffered serious and disabling injuries while serving our country COULD BE at a SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTAGE during the later years of life should this proposal be adopted. SAY NO BY SIGNING THIS PETITION! http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/05/23/budget-calls-cuts-va-programs-tradeoff-extending-choice.html?ESRC=marine_170530.nl https://www.vfw.org/news-and-publications/press-room/archives/2017/5/president-releases-2018-budget-request