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
Petition to VetsEDU
Veteran Consumer Protection Act
Veterans & Active Military, like all consumers, are potential targets for deceptive and unfair business practices. VetsEDU's must safeguard our Veterans & Active Military from these practices. Our efforts to eliminate such practices through aggressive enforcement and a vigorous, ongoing educational campaign are an important part of our Veteran & Active Military protection work. Specifically, VetsEDU is working hard, along with other military agencies, to identify, stop, and prevent illegal and misleading advertising related to VA mortgages and refinancing. Some lenders marketing VA mortgages may use aggressive and potentially misleading advertising and sales tactics. Lenders may advertise a rate just to get you to respond, or you may receive a VA mortgage offer that provides limited benefit to you while adding thousands of dollars to your loan balance. In addition lenders may charge fees or points to our Veterans & Active Military just to make more money. Please sign our petition today to help us stop these crooks and pass an educational law protecting those who have protected us!!!
Petition to President of the United States
Congress Do Right By Disabled Veterans
In the early part of the Global War on Terror the United States military utilized a practice to discharge soldiers who were exhibiting PTSD by misdiagnosing them with various Personality Disorders or (something you are born with compared to occurring as a result of service in the military) Or in some cases discharging troops for "bad conduct" when signs of PTSD were present. As part of the discharge process, these troops were told that their mental health issues were not the military's fault which discouraged the filing of Disability claims and they were also told in many cases that they could re-enter service after two years back in civilian life. For thousands upon thousands of soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, this practice also discouraged proper treatment of the mental health conditions that they suffered from. According to Veterans Administration guidelines, Disability benefits can only be backdated to the date that a veteran files a claim OR the day following release from active duty if the claim is filed within a year of discharge. The problem though is that with the misdiagnoses and subsequent lies about reentry into the service many of the veterans discharged under these practices were ultimately discouraged from filing their claims for mental health until well after that one year window from discharge had passed which is a great injustice to these veterans. Congress has already admitted to the issue of these bad paper discharges by directing the discharge review board to liberally allow for discharge upgrades and concessions have been made in granting of benefits in the first place. Unfortunately, they have been perfectly content with allowing the lost benefits of these men and women to sit in their coffers. Ultimately the goal of this petition is to ask Congress to do the right thing by these veterans by allowing for a statute change that will allow those who were discharged under personality disorders or other bad paper discharges who have subsequently proven PTSD or similar service-connected disabilities to have back pay and effective dates reinstated to the day following discharge from the armed forces at whatever rating they have been deemed to fit. While this action may come at a cost to the budget the fact is that it is the right thing to do as a nation for our soldiers that were scarred by service and then subsequently scarred by this dishonest and misleading practice. While money will never fix the betrayal that was perpetrated on troops who only wanted to serve their country and who found themselves with nothing but wrong directions; this act by Congress would go at least some distance in healing the harm caused.
Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.