Petition to Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Cornyn, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, Bryan Steil, Department of Veterans Affairs
Require the VA to provide service dogs to veterans in need
Our military veterans are heroes. They face struggles that we couldn't imagine, and they do it selflessly to protect our great country. However, their transition home can often be just as difficult because of mental and physical ailments from their service. The waitlist for the VA is far too long to quickly handle the care of every returning veteran, but their medical needs are urgent. Some of these needs can only be treated through direct medical care, but other needs can be met through a service dog. Service dogs can be trained to care for people with PTSD, visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and many other conditions. Furthermore, these dogs can ensure that the veteran is never alone while dealing with these conditions. Currently, the VA offers service dogs to those with hearing/sight loss and mobility impairments. However, they do not offer dogs to veterans with psychological issues, such as PTSD. I am advocating that, as part of the VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) evaluation process, the VA offer dogs to all veterans diagnosed with psychological or physical conditions. This small step would make a massive difference in the lives of these men and women. They've given everything for us. Let's give back to them.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs
Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits
Here we are in 2019 and I had to reopen the petition for Dan Parks, because yet again the VA has failed this Veteran. Dan went through the appeal process in the Summer of 2018. However, at the end of 2018 Dan received a letter from the VA that stated they couldn’t find the transcript from his appeal. This means he has to start over again for his disability benefits. News story on Dan’s appeal transcripts being lost -------------- Our family friend, Dan Parks, is a U.S. Navy veteran that fought throat cancer. He was discharged from the military, partially, to end his exposure to ionizing radiation during his work in a weapons and ammunition facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is denying his claim for disability benefits – despite letters from the VA’s own doctors stating that Dan’s exposure likely caused his cancer. Dan needs your help to get the VA to change their decision before it’s too late. Dan was stationed at Naval Submarine Base New London, where he worked with ordinance. During his time at the base, he was also exposed to ionized radiation. Fast-forward a few decades later and has Dan suffered from throat cancer. He now has to plug a hole in his throat to talk; a side effect of the cancer. Dan’s discharge paperwork from the Navy includes a stamp saying he was being discharged, in part, due to the radiation exposure. Multiple doctors with the VA have written letters saying there is a better than even chance that the cancer was caused by Dan’s radiation exposure during his time in the Navy. But the VA has denied his disability claim. The reason? They say there’s no proof he was exposed to radiation in the Navy. As Dan says, “If the VA won’t accept their own doctors, where does a veteran turn?” Dan’s been fighting for benefits for three years. He filed an appeal, but the VA won’t review it for another 18 months. Time is running out. He needs access to life-saving treatment before it’s too late. Please sign this petition calling on the VA to accept their own doctors’ assessments and grant Dan Parks needed health benefits due to the radiation exposure he endured while serving our country.
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.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, David shulkin
A spouse to be able to call for immediate help for PTSD from the VA for their partner.
The Department of Veterans affairs tells people that when someone needs help they have to call themselves. Sometimes the veteran that needs the help is not capable of making that phone call anymore because they are so out of control with the post traumatic stress disorder that they can not function. I am trying to get them to understand that a spouse or family member knows when something is not right and when an emergency counseling session is needed. When someone else calls they are told when the earliest appointment is and most of the time it is at least 3 weeks out. Sometimes that just to long and that adds to the 22 veterans a day that commit suicide. I think by fixing this we may be able to lower that number in the future. Thank you in advance for signing and helping make a difference.
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
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.
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
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 https://doi.org/10.1177/1708538116651014Article 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 - www.palmettogba.com/medicare Medicare - www.cgsmedicare.com Novitas Solutions - www.novitas-solutions.com Look at the three-year clinical data! https://www.trufflesveinspecialists.com/vein-treatments/venaseal/