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Veterans

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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
149,848 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Chris Lytle Executive Director of the Port of Oakland and the Board of the Port of Oakland

Rename Oakland Airport After Trailblazing Asian American Woman Pilot

Did you know that not a single major airport in the United States is named for a woman?  Fortunately, the East Bay produced a trailblazing female pilot who would be a great namesake for the Oakland International Airport! Her name is Maggie Gee. Maggie Gee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M3Y6OBs5jc) was a member of a pioneering group of women in WWII who aided in the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  She was also one of only two Chinese-American women to serve as a WASP.  These women pilots worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots.  Over 25,000 women applied to the WASP but only 1,074 were accepted and made it through the rigorous training program.  Thirty-eight of these pilots died in service to their country. As a child, Maggie Gee’s family would spend Sundays watching planes take off from the Oakland Airport. This is what first inspired her to fly. At the start of WWII, Maggie passed a drafting test and left her first year of college to work at the Mare Island Naval Shipyards in Vallejo, California.  There, she worked as a draftsman for the engineers who were working on classified projects on US Naval ships needing repair. Once Maggie saved up enough money, she traveled to Nevada and paid $800 for six months of flight training and fifty hours of flying time.   After she soloed and flew the required hours, Maggie applied for the WASP flying training program at Avenger Field, Texas and was accepted into class 44-W-9. After graduation from WASP training, Maggie was sent to Las Vegas Army Air Field, where she served as a tow target pilot for flexible gunnery training for male cadets until the WASP were deactivated on December 20, 1944.  Maggie spent the remainder of her life serving her country and her community. She finished putting herself through school at UC Berkeley and spent the bulk of her career working as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2010, Maggie and her fellow WASP received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their significant service. The individuals we, as a society, choose to memorialize publicly create a statement about whose contributions are worthy of recognition. Representation matters. Currently women, and especially women of color, are woefully underrepresented among icons, memorials, and airports. It’s time to change that! We can make it happen. The Oakland Airport is the City’s front door. The City has always prided itself on its unique and rich cultural heritage. Oakland’s history is one of activism and the fight for social justice by marginalized communities. Like so many of the East Bay’s native sons and daughters, Maggie Gee was a groundbreaker. She was one of the first American women trained to fly military aircraft.  She answered her country’s call at a time of dire need.  She dedicated her life to her country and her community. The Maggie Gee Oakland International Airport would provide the perfect welcome for visitors to the Bay Area. We, the family and friends of Maggie Gee, are initiating this petition to demonstrate public support for renaming the Oakland Airport after this extraordinary woman. Please sign this petition to show your support for Maggie Gee and all monument-worthy women! In the words of Maggie Gee, “Women can do anything, everything! I’m proud to be a woman!”

Tiffany Miller @tiffbmiller
6,750 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Grant Military Burial Honors to Women WWII Pilots

During World War II, a brave group of women joined the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  These 1,074 women pilots -- including my grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon -- worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots. Thirty-eight of these pilots died in service to their country. After decades of lobbying, the WASP finally earned veteran status in 1977 under public law 95-202.  And in 2009, President Obama signed a bill awarding the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal. But Arlington National Cemetery and other military cemeteries are managed by the Department of the Army -- and the Army says that, despite their service, these brave women don’t qualify for military burial honors. The WASP answered their country’s call at a time of dire need. The service and hard work of my grandmother and other WASP should afford them the right to be buried alongside other veterans. I and my sisters Erin and Whitney started this petition to secure inurnment of the ashes of our grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery.  She was incredibly proud of her service as a WASP, and she loved her country. It was her wish to be inurned at Arlington alongside her sister WASP and other veterans who proudly served this country. Sign our petition, and urge the Secretary of the Army to recognize the WASP as eligible for inurnment in the Arlington columbarium. Arlington National Cemetery states, "Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington." Our grandmother, and the other WASP, certainly embodied that ideal. Please sign this petition to show your support for Elaine Harmon and for all of the WASP and the other groups included under law 95-202, who deserve burial honors in Arlington Cemetery.

Tiffany Miller @tiffbmiller
177,895 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
40,855 supporters