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veterans administration

14 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States, Mike Pence

Help get Leonard Blake, WWII Merchant Marine Veteran the Purple Heart that he Deserves!

Leonard Blake, 89 is a WWII Veteran of Whittier CA. At age 15 he was told by the Navy that he was too young and they told him to go sign up for the US Merchant Marine. His first ship was the SS Mary A. Livermore. While anchored in Okinawa, May 27th 1945 a kamikaze plane hit the ship. Eleven men died and seven were severely injured, including Leonard Blake. His legs were completely shattered and part of his foot was missing. He begged them not to amputate his legs so they did not. Today he walks with a limp and a cane. These photos & several others, were sent by the US Navy to Leonard's daughter. Leonard remembers being carried off the ship next to the US Navy Armed Guard gunner who apologized to Leonard for not firing at the plane. Leonard was transferred to 3 military hospitals and eventually turned over to a city hospital in California due to the fact that Merchant Seaman were  considered civilians at the time.  It was 43 years later in 1989 that the USMM of WWII received Combat Veteran status but the Purple Heart was never given to Leonard. It is on record that several USMMWWII Veterans have received the Purple Heart in the past and as recently as last year, several civilian WWII weathermen have received a Purple Heart for being wounded. Several other civilians including reporters injured while in war time have also been bestowed this prestigious award. As recently as this year, his congressman was contacted and she turned it over to the US Coast Guard. They advised him he was not eligible for the Purple Heart because he was “a civilian” at the time. Let's get this man the medal that he wants so badly as his wish is to be buried in the Purple Heart section of a military cemetery.  Thank you in advance.

Sheila M. Sova
336 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Chris Christie, Frank Lobiondo

Remove the combat zone requirement for Disabled NJ Veterans tax exemption

In the Great State of New Jersey, the government saw fit to exempt 100% disabled veterans from property tax in 1946 by enacting N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.30.  This statute exempted all veterans from personal property tax providing that they were: 1. 100% disabled as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs 2. Discharged honorably 3. Residents of the state of NJ 4. Served during a time of war 5. Requested an exception on their primary residence Since that time, the statute has been progressively narrowed until the current prevailing interpretation is that a veteran must have served 14 days in an actual combat zone, and further that operations post 9/11 are considered to be "peace keeping missions". This petition calls for the government of the State of New Jersey to apply the tax exemption to ALL 100% disabled veterans who served during time of active conflict equally, in accordance with the actual language of the State Constitution and Statute.  Neither the Constitution nor the Statute have wording requiring the 14 day combat zone period, nor do they term post 9/11 operations as peace keeping missions.  The statue also clearly states that such disability may be the result of enemy action, accident, or disease - yet municipalities in New Jersey are continuing to deny veterans who do not have this arbitrarily required combat zone time. Though combat veterans deserve our admiration, respect, and thanks it should not be that those who served our nation with honor but, through no fault of their own, did not fight in war are forgotten.  Indeed all veterans who find themselves disabled and unable to work also find themselves dealing with similar financial difficulty, and the original intent of the legislation was to provide relief to veterans who served honorably and are disabled. Each veteran who served in a time of active combat operations had no choice in whether or not they were ordered into combat, but all volunteered regardless of the possibility that they might. Given that the number of Veterans claiming ANY form of VA benefits constitutes less than one percent of the total population of the state of New Jersey (per the most recent state census and Dept. Of Veterans Affairs State by State summary), it is clear that applying this exemption across the board for all 100% disabled veterans who served honorably during a time of active combat operations, is not in any way burdensome on the state. This petition calls for the removal of the unnecessary and unilateral requirement of combat zone duty for the disabled veterans personal property tax exemption in the State of New Jersey.

Christopher Johnson
1,643 supporters
Update posted 5 months 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 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
514 supporters
Started 5 months ago

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

EQUALITY4VETS2

Did you know that the starting pay for a cadet (a private) in the California Highway Patrol is $5,717.00?Did you know that as of 2017, the starting pay for a private in the United States armed forces is only $1,633.50?Did you also know that the starting pay at McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box is $1,920.00 per month? Our goals. So why the difference in pay?Why are our veterans only receiving the same pay as an employee at McDonalds, Burgers king, or Jack in the Box? Did you know that since establishing the California Highway Patrol in 1929, only 226 officers have died in the line of duty?Did you know that since 2003, at least 268,000 veterans have died in the line of duty?So what career is more hazardous? Our goals. Too, every night a California Patrolmen and an investigator with the Federal Bureau of investigations goes home to their family and sleeps in a nice cozy bed with a roof over their head.Yet often our veterans may not see their families for up to a year or more, and never have a roof over their head. More frightening is the question: why is it that we live in a Country that requires its citizens to raise money to help disabled veterans?Isn't the full and complete care of our veterans the responsibility of the President and the nation that asked our veterans to lay down their lives for the Country? Our goals. If you care and want more for our veterans, please join our in our efforts to reward our veterans by ensuring equal pay, and equal benefits. Too, we are looking for like minds.  If you are interested in being a part of our efforts as a volunteer helping to broadcast information, help with publications, and writings, and various other duties, please email me with your contact information to info@equality4vet2.org.  Thank you. Please note.  The petition that we will eventually send to the President and those of the Senate and Congress will reflect primarily that which can be reviewed at OUR GOALS.  However, until we have heard from each and every individual who signs this petition what they feel that message should be, our PETITION will be in a constant state of change.  Only after we have reached 100,000 signatures, will we send out a draft for your approval and eventually the final PETITION.  In the meantime, thanks for your help and support.  And if you have ideas, please don't hesitate to write us with them.

HG Antonio Di Giovanni
22 supporters