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Veterans

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Update posted 3 days ago

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  

Save Southern Heritage - FL
515 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

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    

SGT Wilson RD
182 supporters