veterans affairs

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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
93,430 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Chris Stewart, Mitt Romney, Ben McAdams, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, President of the United States, John R. Curtis, Martha McSally

Allow US service members/victims of military sexual trauma to qualify for VA home loans.

Veterans who report experiencing sexual trauma while in the military have more than twice the rate of postdeployment  homelessness than their counterparts who have not experienced such trauma, with the risk higher in men, new research shows. The current DOD and department of Veterans Affairs rules only allow for a national guardsman to be eligible for a VA home loan if they have 6 years of service or 2 combat tours. Regardless of service connected disabilities! The following are the proposed amendments to the VA home loan eligibility requirements.*Veterans shall be granted eligibility for a va home loan. regardless of branch of service under the following conditions and rules. :for a veteran to receive eligibility under the new preposed amendment the veteran must meet 2 or more of the following qualifications.* A veteran who has been involved in a military sexual assault that happened while in service. * Has service connected disabilities with a combined rating of 60% or higher or 50% on a single disability.*A veteran is found individually unemployable by the department of Veterans Affairs.*A veteran who has had their dd214 upgraded to a full honorable discharge by the Army review board and states under Secretarial Authority regardless of time of in service. I started this petition because...I am a disabled army Vet I am 70% permanent and totally disabled through the department of Veterans Affairs.Several weeks into my basic training at Ft Leonardwood I was physically and sexually assaulted while showering in the barracks.The assault was unreported at the time as most are due to fear of retaliation and it being covered up or brushed off as a boys will be boys.  I endured 11 more months of basic training until the US Army discharged me with a general under honorable conditions discharge. It wasn't until 5 years after my discharge that I was finally hooked up with the department of Veterans Affairs. At which point I finally broke the silence on what really happened to me and the reason I was admitted to the base hospital for 14 days. Being service connected for military sexual trama is not a easy process. It's hell.  You not only have to write out your assault to apply for benifits.  You're also required to participate in an interview process with up to 6 psychologist this interview is done in a group with others who are survivors of MST as well the hardest part is for the first time you have to speak about your assault in a group although you're among other veteran this happened to it's hell and even before they start the interview with the group they require that you have someone who's going to watch over you or check in with you after the interview as the process of bearing all that happened could cause a veteran to commit suicide.  Over a 3 year period I went from a 30% rating to a 70% rating and after I was awarded permanent and total and found to be  individually unemployable. I reached out to my local congresswoman and they helped me navigate and apply  for my discharge to be upgraded by the Army review board. The Army review board upgraded my discharge to a full honorable discharge under Secretarial Authority. The only reason that this was granted is because I sent in the medical records from my 14 day hospital and all my treatment and medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs.Although all my DOD records have been updated I am still ineligible for a VA home loan. So regardless of my rating of 70% being permanent and total and is made up of several service connected disabilities which make me individually unemployable. I have to spend half my benifits to pay rent because my career was cut short because of a situation out of my control.This needs to change! Sign below 

Paul Lloyd
786 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, California Governor, Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson, Donald J. Trump, Georgia Governor, Alabama Governor, Illinois Governor, Arizona Governor, FOX News, New Jersey Governor, CNN, CBS, ABC, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Governor, South Carolina Governor, Texas State House, Texas Governor, Tennessee Governor, Virginia Governor, Louisiana Governor, Nevada Governor, Oregon Governor, Washington Post, Larry Hogan, New York Times, Mitt Romney, Utah Governor, Rick Snyder, Medtronic

Stop Medicare from taking away the VenaSeal procedure for Veterans and Seniors.

Medicare contractors Novitas and PalmettoGBA have recently quit covering the VenaSeal vein treatment procedure without scientific data to support the decision. VenaSeal uses Cyanoacrylate (medical adhesive) to close superficial veins. The treatment is nonthermal, involves one incision and is highly effective, especially in the elderly and heavyweight patient as they have a hard time wearing support hose. Palmetto supports says that the procedure is promising and uses 3 month data.  VenaSeal (previously Sapheon) has been around for over 7 years and Medtronic has 3 year published data and is soon to release 5 year data.  The data shows that the VenaSeal procedure has a long term closure rate of 94% vs. the gold standard of 91.9%. (Radio-frequency ablation).  Our legislature and representatives need to ask the MAC’s (Medicare Administrative Contractors). Our veterans and senior Americans deserve the best medicine.  Medicare and it’s contractors need to immediately add VenaSeal back to the LCD and allow patients and physicians a choice in how they have their veins treated. The clinical data and long term results (over 7 years of data) are similar to radio-frequency ablation. I started this petition because...I am a vascular consultant and partner in a vein practice in Atlanta Georgia. As one of the first adopters of the VenaSeal technology, I have seen first hand the advantages this technology provides. We are selective in who we treat with VenaSeal and have had (Zero) significant complications. Every now and then a patient has to take a steroid for 5 days if they are sensitive to the adhesive.  Cyanoacrylate has been used in surgery for over 30 years! We screen our patients for any adverse reactions to tapes, glues or adhesives of any kind. If in doubt we don’t use the technology. VenaSeal is a real game changer for patients with little mobility, significant arthritis, venous ulcers, are elderly or larger body mass. Last Friday we had a patient walk in with an ulcer on his leg. We were able to treat him that afternoon and today he was over the moon as his entire leg was smaller, the color had changed and his ulcer had already started to heal. The scientific evidence for VenaSeal is great. It has been FDA approved for 3 years and used in Europe for 7 years. With all medical technologies, there have been some side effects from those allergic, however, this is very limited. The risk of this type of reaction is 1:10,000. Here is the Waves Study. Cyanoacrylate closure of incompetent great, small and accessory saphenous veins without the use of post-procedure compression: Initial outcomes of a post-market evaluation of the VenaSeal System (the WAVES Study)Kathleen Gibson, Brian FerrisFirst Published May 20, 2016 Research Article Information PDF download for Cyanoacrylate closure of incompetent great, small and accessory saphenous veins without the use of post-procedure compression: Initial outcomes of a post-market evaluation of the VenaSeal System (the WAVES Study)  Here are the MAC’s  Palmetto GBA - Medicare - Novitas Solutions - Look at the three-year clinical data!

Brian Sapp, RVT, RPhS
858 supporters