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Petition to Department of Justice, Donald J. Trump

Small Business Government Procurement Corruption

Have you ever used a Camelbak (R)?Well did you know it was invented in the 1980s by a man named Wes Schneider of Wesleyan Company who was bankrupted by the Army?His Patents: https://patents.google.com/?inventor=Wesley+SchneiderShort story (audio): https://clyp.it/ssut51jdLong story (audio): https://clyp.it/qku4bvyd   The government often fails to prevent and punish wrongdoing at the Federal level.Well, I'm trying to prevent what happened to Wes from happening to me and from happening to others down the line.I'm involved with the same part of NSRDEC, the Chem/Bio Protection part of Natick Soldier Research Center in the Army, and they refuse to respond to my inquiries about funding and support.Instead, they are duplicately and fraudulently funding a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff called nanoGriptech.nanoGriptech has received about $5 Million of your taxpayer dollars plus other funding.Among nanoGriptech's misrepresentations and clues to their misuse of funds is that:1) They sent a cease and desist letter to me over one year ago naming an entire law firm (as a scare tactic) and would not speak with me or direct me to the entire law firm they claim as counsel.2) Their required non-proprietary summary report is not online yet they have been awarded even more money knowing that their technology wouldn't meet the solicitation's ask.3) They only make one product - a gecko grip adhesive - and so every SBIR they've gotten has been producing an iteration of that one product.   I am just frustrated. Contractors, soldiers, and large corporations from all over the world are inquiring about my closure technology but I am unable to serve most of them due to lack of access to capital to perform all of the development and testing that the contractors desire.The thing about manufacturing tech is that it demands a lot of upfront capital in tooling and production costs.If contractors wanted nanoGriptech's product, they could have and should have had it as the company has been around since 2009 and has received MILLIONS in funding. America claims to want manufacturing in America. Diversity in STEM. And female entrepreneurs. Yet, I am all of the above with very little support.   I NEED YOUR HELP. Please, tell DoD to support my small business and to help their contractors protect the warfighter.I couldn't save up enough revenues from other areas to meet this contractor demand NOW (B2B hardware is slow & testing and tooling for this area is especially expensive.)And, tell nanoGriptech to sue me if they so desire with the whole entire WSGR firm backing them since 2017.Even more, tell DoDIG to do its job and STOP WASTING YOUR TAX DOLLARS!This duplicate funding/fraud case happened in the same exact state.   I'm trying to be a young, productive citizen...like Wes.My own government is subverting my efforts.This will only continue if we don't stand up to them TODAY.

Tes Thomas
13 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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 H. Esty, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, President of the United States, Donald Trump

DEFEND 225,000 ELDERLY DISABLED VETS: VA Individual Unemployability (IU) Demise for FY18

SIGN THIS PETITION TO SUPPORT 225,000 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 Veteran brothers 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
3,689 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives

Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

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
113,453 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Kendall Rasmusson

Honoring A Hero - Keeping a Memorial

In April 2018, we received a violation notice from Desert Oasis of Surprise Master Association Home Owners Association for a decoration that I have had up since we moved in April 2017. We have been fined $50.00 for not removing the decoration. I do not want to remove the decoration when all other decorations on the house have not been a violation. This decoration hangs proudly on our home and is a part of our American patriotic theme of our home. My decoration is honoring my brother, US Army Airborne Ranger SGT John Kyle Daggett, who died serving our country on May 15th, 2008. My decoration is a reminder to our community of the sacrifices our soldiers make to keep our country free. My decoration has connected my community members, honors our Veterans, and joins us together. Our family has had people stop by to talk, leave letters, flowers, and cards honoring my brother, my family and thanking me for honoring him with my decoration. It honors all of America's military, values our fallen soldiers, supports our veterans and shows that we are all a family. I love the connection I have with our community because of my decoration. I am proud of my brother and want to display my decoration without being scrutinized by the HOA. My violation appeals have been denied and I am moving forward petitioning the community’s approval to keep my decoration honoring a local American Hero.  

Kendall Rasmusson
2,075 supporters