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veterans administration

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Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to United States Congress

Give Disabled Vets the same rights as all Disabled Workers

All workers in the United States are protected if they sustain a workplace injury or illness. This includes civilian federal employees. This does not apply to people actively serving in the Armed Forces, because it would be logistically impossible. But it also does not apply to military Veterans. Military Veterans are not generally deployed outside the United States, so there is no excuse to treat them differently than all other American workers (Citizens, Resident Aliens, Non-Documented Aliens). All these other workers are allowed many rights when dealing with workplace injuries and illnesses that result in disabilities: Timely treatment An injured/ill worker or former employee can seek medical treatment when the symptoms are noticed, and if the injury or illness can be linked to employment, the worker or former employee is covered.  A veteran seeking medical care from the Veterans Administration must first prove eligibility. This can often mean proving a service connected disability. This process can take anywhere from 90 days to multiple years. Treating physician is allowed to diagnose injury/illness An injured/ill worker or former employee can seek medical treatment from any licensed provider. Once the provider decides on a diagnosis, it is considered to be fact, and while it can be challenged by the employer or former employer it is assumed to be correct until disproven. A injured/ill veteran can submit any diagnosis they have, to include a diagnosis from a licensed provider employed by VA healthcare on official VA healthcare records, and can be turned down for benefits unless an additional provider engaged by the VA benefits group approves of the diagnosis. Assumption of innocence An injured/ill worker or former employee with a diagnosis from a licensed provider for an injury or illness that could be attributed to their work or the environment of their work is assumed to have been effected by the current of former employer where the injury or illness occurred based on the workers statement. A veteran seeking Veterans Administration benefits for a diagnosed disability, must prove that the injury or illness was caused or made worse by the veterans service. While the military has some records, and will share them with the veteran, there is often no annotation of incidents unless hospital level medical treatment (often not available) was sought immediately. The veteran is assumed to not have a service connected disability until they can prove it to the satisfaction of the VA benefits organization. Protections against settlement delay An employer or former employer of an injured or ill worker is programatically prevented in delaying case completion by a disinterested third party. Additionally, the injured/ill worker or former worker can take civil action to seek penalties for intentional delay. The Veterans Administration controls the entire process of granting/awarding benefits. There is no penalty to the VA for delays in this process. Delays can result in the termination of the request, from lack of resources, petitioner passes away, etc.  Please do not think that this problem is rampant in the entire Veterans Administration, this problem is specific to the Veterans Administration Benefits Administration (VBA) group. The VBA has an entire manual of rules for dealing with disabled veterans, and yet the system is horribly broken. Claims are delayed by years in many cases. This system cannot sustain itself. Disabled veterans are over-represented in these key areas: Homelessness Less than 10% of the adult US population are veterans More than 12% of the Homeless population in the US are veterans. Suicide Veterans are 150% more likely to commit suicide than non-veterans. Providing these veterans with the validation, healthcare, and benefits that they earned could help reduce veteran homelessness and suicide. The VBA is horribly backlogged dealing with applications for disability benefits, and now that they will be required to reassess the men and women who served on ships during the Vietnam war and have illnesses connected with agent orange exposure, it will just get worse. The process could be streamlined by granting the four rights that everyone else has to the veterans.  Please sign this petition, and let others know about it.

WILLIAM STETTINER
5 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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
315 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Honorable Robert Wilkie

Reinstate medical privileges for surgeon and American hero Dr. Russi at the Roseburg VA.

Reinstate medical privileges for Doctor Scott Russi at the Roseburg Veteran Affairs Health Care System in Oregon, and set the record straight about his distinguished career as a highly skilled, compassionate surgeon and an American hero.    Enough is enough.  For far too long, the U. S. Veterans Affairs Department has ignored fixing its beleaguered health care system. In 2017, the Roseburg VA was deemed the worst VA Hospital in the country.  It should be bad enough that the Roseburg VA Hospital is poorly mismanaged and the VA needs to fix it head on. But maybe even more egregious, is the VA’s silent attack on the stellar reputation of Dr. Russi, a Board Certified surgeon with a distinguished military career, serving 29 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed five times as combat surgeon and once as a hospital commander. Those who have served with Dr. Russi, often refer to him as “Dr. Angel,” because of his bravery, heroic acts and human kindness.                                           After retiring from the military as a colonel, Dr. Russi eventually took a position at the Roseburg VA’s clinic in Eugene, Oregon. Roseburg VA was in desperate need of qualified surgeons. He wanted to continue to give back to our country’s veterans and be a contributor to improving the overall health care provided at Roseburg VA.   He was hired in 2017 and thirty days later he was fired. Without warning or grounds, and at a coffee shop no less, a supervisor informed Dr. Russi that he was being fired. Since then, the VA has not provided any reason or evidence for his abrupt dismissal, nor has he been given an opportunity to challenge the VA’s decision.    Meanwhile, toxic leadership remains intact at the Roseburg VA and sadly the quality of care continues to remain substandard. The men, women and families, who have served our country, deserve far better from the American people. This is simply not acceptable.   Dr. Russi’s colleagues and patients are outraged. Please join us and sign this petition to the Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Like his title implies, it is time for the Honorable Secretary, and the vast organization he represents, to do the “honorable” thing. Give Dr. Russi his job back and make sure our veterans receive the highest quality health care they deserve.   Stop the line.   

Stop the Line
4,875 supporters