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Veterans

233 petitions

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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
3,580 supporters
Update posted 1 day 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
113,202 supporters
Update posted 2 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
2,040 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Robert Menendez, Cory Booker, Tom MacArthur

Families of the Military Leave Act

"US Navy Mom: We serve too.  If only through prayers, sleepless nights, lonely hearts, and worry..."  Too often, military parents, spouses, and children lie awake at night praying and wishing for the safe return of their loved ones from combat overseas.  I have personally encountered difficulty trying to take time away from work to be with my son who proudly serves in the United States Navy.  I do not believe ANY mother should miss a chance to wrap her arms around her son or daughter before they put themselves in harm's way. I would like to create a bill which would require employers to grant leave to an employee whose immediate family member is on home leave from active military service.  The employee requesting leave must be the parent, child, or sibling of an active member of the military who served or is ordered to serve overseas within 6 months of the requested leave.  The employee must provide the employer a minimum of 4 weeks notice or, in the case of an emergency deployment, leave is to be granted immediately.  The employee will provide necessary documentation to the employer at the time of giving notice to the employer.  The employer will grant the employee after providing proper notice and documentation up to 5 sequential days of leave without punitive measures or recourse.  This leave will be paid out of the employee's earned paid time off, then sick days, then will become unpaid leave if these resources are unavailable.  A maximum of 2 periods of leave may be requested in a one year (rolling) period.

Cindi Measley
19 supporters