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Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years mostly in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered Amerasian children ,and descendants, of U.S. sailors and military contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many Amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. sailors who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to  be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2017 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children.  John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the  life and the personal struggles as a Filipino Amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017 now!

Jenifer Bass
33,097 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to David Shulkin, Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Urge the VA to Support Research of Medical Marijuana in Treating Veterans with PTSD

PTSD is a severe and potentially debilitating affliction for many veterans. Our country should be doing everything it can to support viable and safe treatment options for PTSD. Yet, incredibly, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) is not actively supporting clinical research studying the potential use of medical cannabis as a treatment option for PTSD, even though preliminary studies have shown promising results. According to their own website, the VA claims they cannot recommend or assist Veterans in using medical marijuana as long as it is classified as a Schedule One Drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the FDA’s own position “supports researchers who conduct adequate and well-controlled clinical trials which may lead to the development of safe and effective marijuana products to treat medical conditions” (https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm421163.htm). So, why is the VA not willing to assist and actively support clinical medical marijuana trials? We can find no legitimate answer to this question. There is no group more deserving of access to all helpful medicinal options than Veterans who have bravely served our nation. Because of the lack of treatment options, many Veterans’ rely on opioids to treat their PTSD despite the fact that many negative health impacts are associated with long term use, and in many cases abuse, of opioids. We should be doing everything we can to find viable alternatives to opioids. As an Arizona-based patient-focused organization, AMMA PAC actively works on policies which remove barriers and support full access to medical marijuana for those in need. This includes Veterans with PTSD, who might be one of the biggest beneficiaries of medical marijuana treatment options. But without further study, we may never know. In our home state of Arizona, we have a federally approved study taking place right now, but the VA has not been supportive in referring Veterans to the study. That is a travesty and it needs to be rectified. We are calling on the leaders of the VA and the FDA to work together in resolving this situation and begin proactively supporting legitimate medical marijuana research programs. We hope you will join us in supporting this potentially life-saving cause and sign our petition.

AMMA PAC
153 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Gus Bilirakis, Neal Dunn, John Rutherford

Allow military veterans who've served in combat to receive full coverage under GI-Bill.

Reservist and guard veterans are not treated as full-fledged "veterans" in the writing of the current GI-Bill. They are seen as "less than deserving". The current GI-Bill (Post 9/11) is a great tool for military members and veterans alike. It allows opportunities for aspiring students who otherwise would be unable to afford tuition at certain institutions...but it has a major flaw: Reservists & National Guard members are considered "sub-veteran" in the eyes of the VA. The VA allows for 100% coverage through their Post 9/11 GI-Bill program only to those who have completed 36 months of "active duty time" ('active duty time' is considered simply as time-in-service in the 'active military' or times at which reservists are 'activated') or who were discharged due to service-connected disability. This leaves countless veterans who have fought and bled for this country to receive less than their fair share. For example, a reservist Combat Engineer who is part of a Route Clearance Package and deploys to a theater of operations to search for roadside bombs will have to be deployed four times (under the current Army deployment model of nine months) to be eligible for 100% coverage. That means the three deployments that he or she went through, the detonations under their feet, the tears & the fear, the smoke & the blood are not satisfactory enough to be considered a full "veteran". I will never, in any way, try and discredit anyone else's military service, but there are countless members of the active-duty military community who have never deployed to a theater of operations. Who have never held a weapon outside of Basic Training. Who have never felt the fear that their lives were about to end. But if those members served 36 months while on active duty, they are seen as more of a veteran than a combat-arms service member who has, but has yet to reach 36 months of active duty time. Reservists and National Guard members take up a substantial role in today's ever-changing, asymmetrical battlefield. They've left careers, families, friends, belongings, and made the same sacrifices as active members. To solve this blatant imbalance, I propose: "Keep the current Post 9/11 perimeters in place. The only change being if a military member serves overseas, and qualifies for Imminent Danger Pay/Hostile Fire Pay for a combined total of 180 days, regardless of the specific theater or their current active/reserve status, that member will be entitled to the full 100% benefit coverage." The current writing of the GI-Bill not only leaves out Reservists & Guardsman who've fought in foreign wars, but also active duty personnel who've done the same, but served less than 36 month contracts.  This will allow members who have fought for this country, with sweat beading down their Kevlars and the taste of sulfur in their mouths after an IED detonation, to come home to their deserved hero's welcome and not be treated as any less of a veteran. Current GI-Bill Benefits

Spencer Clark
1,620 supporters