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veterans affairs

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Petition to Virginia State Senate, Mark R. Warner, Veteran Affairs Secretary, National Veterans Outreach Office, Disabled American Veterans, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Service Women Action Network

Respond To Mishandled Veteran C&P / Benefit Claims when VA Systems Fail to Correct Issues.

Many veterans, like myself, fight for Veteran Benefits--Compensation, Housing, Healthcare and other Federally funded programs for veterans. VA fails to offer clear and standardized procedures when seeking assistance to resolve problems with applying or receiving benefits. In my experience, and fellow veterans, VA eludes distributing essential information so veterans may take the necessary steps for rectifying issues/denials for Mission Act care, "Presumptive Illness" claims, "at risk" housing assistance, Appeal Withdrawals on unrated conditions or where/who to file a complaint with. My ex-husband and I are Desert Storm veterans, that fight VA for benefits. We discovered after deployment we were both plagued with multiple medical conditions that have negatively affected our livelihood and quality of life. We've been denied benefits, claims and other resources in the past despite retaining legal counsel and other assistance while providing the required documentation such as DBQs, Private Medical Records, FDCs and other supportive documentation. I was informed, I don't qualify for housing assistance because I'm not severely disabled, although "at risk", denied VocRehab Self-employment track (overqualified), Mission Act requests and the list continues. Utilizing VA's systems of patient advocacy, state Veteran Services and VA Secretary’s Office for unaddressed problems yielded more issues. I had another seizure due to the stress last night because problems only compounded the situation. I'm "at risk", unable to work, drowning in private student loan debt and financially struggling to become a small business owner, so as to not depend on the VA, is anyone listening? I and other veterans struggle to not give up, to keep moving forward because one day someone will give us an opportunity to fix it! Unfortunately, many veterans with these same issues sometimes surrender, give up or even worse try to take their own life. I know because I've been there. On the ground (locally), things are a lot different than what is portrayed for veterans and it's due to a significant disconnect of reality. No person should have to fight for what they worked for, even more so a veteran. Your support of this petition is valued. 

Cori Walden
23 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to FOX News, CNN, CBS, ABC, Albuquerque , Tom Udall, New Mexico Governor, Martin Heinrich, New Mexico State House, New Mexico State Senate, Susana Martinez, Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Xochitl Torres Small

Justice For Veterans and Victims Of Ayudando Guardians in New Mexico

FEDERAL AGENTS AT the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as well as FBI Agents speak in veiled terms about the secret DEA unit that shares intelligence from the National Security Agency and other organizations with law enforcement for use in criminal investigations. They call it the “Dark Side.” The Special Operations Division receives raw intelligence from the NSA’s surveillance programs, including from the mass surveillance programs revealed in documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. DEA agents and FBI Agents then analyze the surveillance data and disseminate leads to other federal and local police nationwide. But the information comes with a catch. Law enforcement can’t use it to secure search warrants or in any way reveal the intelligence community as the source of their leads. Instead, they must find another way to justify their searches and broader investigations. An egregious example of this law enforcement tactic occurred in 2004 when, through intercepted phone calls and their own subsequent surveillance, the DEA discovered that Ascension Alverez-Tejeda was transporting drugs from Los Angeles to Washington state in his car. To search the vehicle without revealing the phone calls as their original source, DEA agents set up an elaborate ruse. Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend were stopped at a traffic light. As the light turned green, the car in front of them started to move and then stopped quickly. Alverez-Tejeda braked in time, but a truck rear-ended him. As Alverez-Tejeda inspected the damage, police arrived and arrested the truck driver for drunken driving. Officers instructed Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend to drive their car to a parking lot, leave the keys in the car, and sit in the police cruiser for processing. Just then, a car thief jumped into Alverez-Tejeda’s car and drove off. Police recovered the car, obtained a search warrant, and found cocaine and methamphetamine. Other than Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend, every person involved in this piece of theater was a DEA agent or local police officer: the person driving the car in front of Alverez-Tejeda’s, the “drunk” truck driver, even the supposed car thief. While a federal judge ruled that the DEA hoax violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, an appeals court overturned the ruling and described this abuse of Alverez-Tejeda’s constitutional rights as “relatively mild.” Or take the Newly indicted open case into Otto Rousseaux Castellanos, Luis Tobanche ,Tekisha Rousseaux Castellanos or Jason Garcia similar to the above mentioned cases. The convoluted and secretive process of building a case to obscure the use of underlying intelligence, known as “parallel construction,” is meant to protect the intelligence community’s sources and methods, according to internal DEA documents. It also often deprives the accused of a fair shot at defending themselves in court because some of the evidence against them is not made public. In the US criminal justice system, judges typically bar the prosecution from introducing evidence the government obtained through illegal activities, a doctrine known as “fruit of the poisonous tree.” By dodging this rule, the concealment of investigative practices through parallel construction could also remove a crucial incentive for the authorities to obey the law, Covering up how evidence was originally found deliberately hoodwinks defendants and judges, severely weakening constitutional fair trial  “If the government is allowed to violate the US Constitution’s protections and then cover its tracks, this could undermine human rights for people whose liberty is at stake, or anyone else subjected to illegal government surveillance or other unlawful procedures.” Which brings us to case in point for just cause of parallel construction in New Mexico. Sharon Moore and Son Christopher Moore Confidential Sources Of Unreliable Hearsay Information To the Government, therefore not allowing for the victimized Veterans and Disabled Victims of The Ayudando Guardians Embezzlement Case of New Mexico to Receive adequate Justice from our trusted and respected Judicial system. The FBI is allowing Sharon Moore the former owner and co-conspirator Of Ayudando Guardians The former largest Non Profit Guardianship and Conservator in the state of New Mexico to keep the current home she lives in. The home has a current estimated value of over a Half A Million Dollars. The Home located at 6621 Cypress Trail in the prestigious upscale Tanaon Community is the third and the last home she purchased with the embezzled funds of the veterans and disabled victims from her now defunct company. In her signed plea agreement with the government she is allowed to keep that Half A Million Dollar Home. The Government agreed to have Mrs. Moore forfeit the other two homes she currently owns which really serves no purpose to the victims anyway being that both those homes are in foreclosure. Not only is this upsetting to myself as a member of the community and a current activist for justice and a current victim of FBI Harassment but it is very upsetting because to say the least my daughters grandmother was a client at this firm and because of them she has not a penny to her name, so with that being said, We The People ask The FBI these very important questions......... 1. Why did you allow Sharon Moore to keep the last home she purchased.? 2. The Government also made her put this home up to secure her bail they wouldn’t even release her from Custody without putting this home up for collateral. Is this true? 3.Why did you only select to take the two previous homes she owned being they were in foreclosure already? 4.Why Is the government allowing her such a huge break being she allegedly stole $ 4 Million Dollars? 5. Is it true you also released Sharon Moore Off of Pre- Trial Supervision Early? If Yes why? 6. Sharon Moore currently works for a call Center that takes reservations for a hotel so she again has access to the community’s private information with no supervision? Can you explain why? 7.With the Government allowing her to keep The Half A Million Dollar Home she owns wouldn’t it have made more sense to sell it and have given some of the victims their money back? Or could they have lived in it since some of them are homeless and without funds? 8. Is the Government doing anything to assist these victims with getting their lives back together? Or with their daily living needs? Shelter ,food , housing, clothing 9. We also have heard through numerous resources that Sharon paid Her Attorney $80,000 Dollars to retain his services. Is that true? If so where did she acquire these funds? “Mrs Moore’s Attorney is Jason Bowles Former Assistant District Attorney for White Collar Crimes Such as Mrs Moore’s not to Mention he is the current owner of New Mexico’s Number One Cannabis Store https://www.purlifenm.com/ with former BCSO Sheriff Darren White” I would also like to shed light on the fact that I was there at the table when Jason informed Sharon that she would have to work with the FBI and give them some information on some people and very good information if she wanted a deal or in Jason’s word if she wanted to stay out of prison. Whatever the case Sharon definitely needs to take responsibility for her actions and quit trying trying to play the victim when clearly their are real victims, in this nonsense crime of hers and the government needs to stop their shenanigans and do what’s right and quit trying to drag other people into it. Justice, in its purest form, relies on truth – but within the snitching community, truth is a rare commodity and can be the first casualty in a system that seems more interested in obtaining convictions than dispensing justice. Prosecutors eager to close a case often reward criminals with sentence reductions for inaccurate, manufactured or questionable “evidence” or testimony against another offender, As for Sharon Moore this is indeed the case. This links are just a smidge of what I have had to experience over the past year and a half so the government can work on giving Sharon a deal. https://www.complaintsboard.com/fbi/harassment-and-invasion-of-privacy-c1143460 https://youtu.be/NbuTJe7RE9Y https://youtu.be/vnc2JlvfdKA https://youtu.be/ndtgTjfsOY0    

Watchin you Watch me
36 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Johnny Isakson, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Mitch McConnell

Give the Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans their presumptive rights.

In 1977, the first claims of Agent Orange exposure came flooding into the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But it took 14 years for Congress to actually listen, take action and give our Vietnam veterans the benefits they deserved. The Agent Orange Act of 1991 was implemented to provide much-needed care to veterans who were exposed to the harmful chemical cocktail Agent Orange. Many of us thought the fight to get the medical attention we deserved was over, but that wasn’t the case. In 2002, the VA amended its initial plan and excluded thousands of “Blue Water” Navy vets -- vets who served right off the coast -- from receiving  our rightful benefits. Because we hadn’t served on land, the VA tried to say we were unlikely to suffer the effects of Agent Orange poisoning. Even though we didn’t serve on Vietnamese soil, we were still exposed to Agent Orange. In fact, a 2011 study by the National Institute of Medicine found that Blue Water veterans could have been exposed in multiple ways, including via the ships’ water distillation system and through the air. The National Institute of Medicine also stated, “Given the available evidence, the committee recommends that members of the Blue Water Navy should not be excluded from the set of Vietnam-era veterans with presumed herbicide exposure.” We are asking for your help in urging Congress to pass legislation (House Bill H 299 and Senate Bill S 422)  that will reinstate our right as Vietnam Navy veterans to receive the benefits we deserve for being exposed to this terrible chemical. Nearly 90,000 Blue Water vets are depending on you. We are dealing with serious health issues that range from cancer to diabetes, and from Parkinson’s to heart disease. Many of these diseases have made it nearly impossible for some of us to get steady work. Last year, the VA finally extended benefits to Air Force crew members who flew in C-123s after they had been used in Vietnam to spray the toxic cocktail. The VA came to the realization that even the slightest exposure to this chemical had serious effects on a soldier's health. So why are the Navy vets’ pleas being ignored? We breathed the Agent Orange-polluted air that drifted from the coast and drank water sprinkled with the herbicide, and now our bodies are paying the cost. We ask you to stand with us, and with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. David Valadao, and demand that the VA assume responsibility for the effects of Agent Orange on Blue Water vets. Please sign our petition asking Congress to pass House Bill HR 299 and Senate Bill S 422 and give us our benefits. 

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association
93,399 supporters