Petition to Congressman Greg Walden, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Ron Wyden
Veterans deserve access to quality health care! The VA doesn't seem to think so!
Please Help Get My Son and Veteran Back to Work 9/17/17:My son is a 3 time combat veteran and a resident of the state of Oregon. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division from 2000 – 2006, serving honorably and promoted to sergeant.He has a 70% service-related disability for PTSD and for back and wrist injuries.He had a horrific motorcycle accident on 9/11/17. Prior to the accident he was employed for 2 ½ years by Lowe’s Department store as a Service Manager full time. He has been fully employed since he has been out of the military. The motorcycle accident caused pelvic fractures front and back, 2 broken arms, and fractures of cervical vertebrae C6 and C7. VA is his only medical health care payer. He spent 2 days in ICU and is on his 5th day on the orthopedic/neurology ward at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon. He cannot get out of bed to transfer by himself. He cannot stand by himself yet and barely with help. Because of the 2 broken arms, he will be using a platform walker for bearing weight on his elbows when he is able to be on a walker. He is a strong 37 year-old with a high pain tolerance and a desire to strive toward full recovery. He is engaged to his dear fiancé Laura. The discharge planner is telling us that the VA will not cover his going to inpatient acute rehabilitation when he is discharged from the hospital. And that the VA will only cover Skilled Nursing Facility placement.I have been a rehabilitation registered nurse in my 40 year nursing career. I know the difference between the level of nursing care and therapy care in an acute inpatient program and in a skilled nursing facility. My son, with appropriate physical rehabilitation, has the potential and desire to return to work fulltime as soon as possible. Lowes has been very helpful in reassuring him of his job and starting the process for short term disability assistance and FMLA. In an inpatient acute rehabilitation facility, he would participate in 3-4 hours of therapy per day for 6 days per week. In a skilled nursing facility (nursing home) he would participate in the minimal amount of physical therapy provided in that setting (1 time per day times 5 days per week at most). I can’t imagine that the VA would prefer to put him in a nursing home for a long time rather than get him back to work with appropriate rehabilitation in a shorter period of time.I am requesting that you speak up for him as his advocate with the VA to send him to the next level of care in an inpatient acute rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your consideration of my request. Loving and Pleading Mother, Nola Pickering Update: Jesse was discharged from the hospital earlier this week and moved to a skilled nursing facility (read: "nursing home"). To put it nicely... it is NOT what the doctor ordered. The doctors recommended an acute inpatient rehab facility where he would receive physical therapy 4x PER DAY. Instead he is in a place where he will get 5 sessions PER WEEK! A place where there is only one person working at night in charge of meds for the entire facility and he never gets his when he needs them. While the doctors have finally found a combination and dosage of meds that gives him some relief (down to a 7 out of 10 on the pain chart), he remains in constant pain because he can't get anyone to give them to him. If that's how it is for meds I'll leave it to your imagination what it's like for toiletting and hygiene. He sent my mom and Laura home the first night so they could get some sleep but then quickly asked them back. He asked them to stay with him 24/7 because he felt like he needed someone there, with his best interests in mind, to advocate for him. Safety, dignity, respect, and basic humane treatment should be a given, but apparently that's not the case. Now, in an effort to get in touch with the doctor they have been told that the weekend doctor is on vacation and the RN doesn't know who the doctor on call is. I say all of this with a point. There is one reason why he is there and not where he needs to be: our United States VA thinks sub-par is good enough for our veterans. The VA declined the doctors' recommendations for a rehab facility. They instead felt that this was good enough. I also believe that the people who make up this great country hold our veterans in high esteem and would be disappointed to learn that this is how our veterans are treated. Jesse volunteered to risk his life so that we can live ours. He willingly chose to make that sacrifice and I will always be proud of him for it. However, what many do not know is that our veterans actually sign up to sacrifice even when they are back on American soil. OUR VETERANS DESERVE BETTER! Our veterans deserve the best that this country has to offer! Unemployment and homelessness is a reality for far too many veterans. A reality they should know nothing about. As you can see, access to quality health care seems to be unattainable as well. AMERICA WE CAN DO BETTER! Please help me get my brother out of a nursing home and into the rehabilitation facility that he needs. Help me get him back to work! Thank you for your time and consideration, Emily Webster
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate
Help Hearts for Heroes Support Veterans in New York
Dear Governor Cuomo, Every day 22 U.S. military veterans commit suicide. This doesn’t count the men and women on active duty who take their own lives or the deaths ruled as accidents or the lives ruined by drug addiction and alcoholism. Men and women come to us with multiple traumas experienced during their military service including the experiences of war and, in many cases, the experience of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and sexual violence. (2015 DOD Annual Report and 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study) One solution in New York State, Hearts for Heroes (H4HUS), has served 500 veterans and military service personnel who have been able to regain their self-esteem, resume and rebuild their lives without violence or suicide. The equine and canine therapy programs of H4HUS are helping veterans adjust to life back home. Free programs match veterans and military personnel with licensed mental health care specialists, rescued animals and animal specialists. Participating men and women engage in nonverbal communication, problem solving, taking responsibility, relationship building and teamwork with the animals and their peers. H4HUS was founded in 2013 by Key Burns to help end the suffering of veterans, military personnel and their families. H4HUS is saving lives: But Key, along with donors and board members who have helped to sustain H4HUS, now need New York State funding to continue and expand their work to 1000 or more veterans and military personnel in New York State. Here’s why it matters: · Although veterans account for only 13 percent of the adult population (and 24 percent of adult men), more than a third of the adult perpetrators of the 43 worst mass killings since 1984 were U.S. military veterans. · A Marine Corp funded 2010 survey of 1,543 Marines with at least one combat tour found that Marines who had reported PTSD symptoms were more than six times as likely as their non PTSD counterparts to engage in antisocial and aggressive behaviors. · A recent study in Annals of Epidemiology found that military veterans kill themselves at a 50 percent higher rate than their civilian counterparts. The results are life changing! That is why we, the undersigned, request your support of Hearts for Heroes. Please help save veterans and military personnel overcome the physical and psychological impairments they face by supporting H4HUS. Thank you for your support! http://h4hus.org/
Petition to President of the United States
Free Healthcare for "All" Veterans
We as American citizens enjoy the freedoms and liberties afforded by the sacrifices of our military service men and women. We are obligated to make them a priority for all they have given us. We are responsible to provide for their health and well-being. We need to stand beside our service men and women, in requesting the healthcare support they deserve for everything they have sacrificed. Our charter is to fight for adequate healthcare benefits for all deserving Veterans—without exception. Our Veterans Affairs system is broken, the healing begins with you. With your support, we can provide all Veterans with the care they deserve. No man is left behind. Please have compassion and sign this petition to make a difference in their lives. - Elizabeth Vargas | Founder/CEO | Edge Music Network Inc.
Petition to Congress, VA Secretary and President of USA
Implement the "Veterans Lives Matter Too" Act for Alternative and Regenerative Medicine.
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs annual budget is $73.5 Billion Dollars. The VA Medical Centers serve 8.76 Million Veterans. The vast majority of the budget is spent on pharmaceutical drugs that only address the symptoms. Pharmaceutical drugs have adverse side effects that further puts the Veterans health at risk! The non-invasive and curative properties of Alternative and Regenerative Medicine eliminates the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Therefore, eliminating a majority of the expenses (harmful pharmaceutical drugs) from the VA budget. By freeing up this large portion of the budget, we would be able to reinvest in curative Regenerative Medical Treatments. Which creates healthy Veterans, no longer dependent on the VA for a continuous flow of pharmaceutic drugs that cause adverse side effects on their bodies, creating more disease and pain with a short life expectancy. Rather than enduring a life-long pharmaceutical dependency, along with all the side effects and unnecessary invasive surgeries. Our Veteran’s and Military Service Members choose to pursue the lifesaving cures of Alternative and Regenerative Medical Treatments. Alternative Medicine is any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Ayurveda, or faith healing) that are not included in the traditional curricula taught in medical schools of the United States and Britain Regenerative Medicine, is the "process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function". Offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that are beyond surgical repair.This eliminates the need for the pharmaceutical drugs year after year which puts our Veterans health a great risk. Stem cell therapy is being used vigorously to regenerate or re-grow tissue in one’s own body that could not regenerate itself without having autologous (one’s own cells) stem cells harvested and injected into the damaged tissue. Now we have the will and the ability to regenerate the tissue back to its original state before the damage occurred, and avoid invasive surgery with immediate pain relief for the Veteran’s. A2M stops the breakdown of cartilage, prevents cartilage loss, and protects cartilage from inflammation. As well as, promotes tissue growth and improves joint function. Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) appears to be a fast-acting and effective treatment for chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a single-center study. The SGB was "greatly effective in helping" nine of the 12 subjects (75%), Dr Alkire reported. Hundreds of thousands of our Veterans and Military Service Members suffer from PTSD or TBI every day. Fact: 22 Veterans commit suicide daily because they suffer from PTSD or TBI. Ozone Therapy is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself. E.g. Michael Pakech is a Veteran and a VA Medical Center patient. In 2005, Michael shattered his hip joint. Michael suffered and fought the Gulf Coast VA Medical Center for over 5 years to get a hip replacement. Then the Gulf Coast VA Medical Center ignored the bone spurs on his left rotator cuff, which were obvious on the X-Rays and MRI. One bone spur measured 3/4 inch long. Due to this neglect, the bone spurs severed all the muscle, tendons and nerves in his left shoulder. Leaving Michael with a non-functional arm unable to even turn his hand, let alone lift his arm. With the loss of the use of one arm, and still healing from his hip replacement, Michael was unable to do his job and quickly became homeless. December 2014, the Durham VA Neurologist told Michael: "There's nothing we can do, to give you your arm back! The nerves are damaged, broken and detached! Irreparable!" Michael seriously considered suicide that day. May 2, 2015, Michael was hospitalized for 5 days. His right hand suddenly began swelling and an excruciating pain throbbed throughout his hand. The swelling got so bad that his whole arm swelled up past his bicep. The VA doctors were able to get the swelling under control and Michael left the VA hospital. With his right hand extremely swollen and a pain level off the charts. Plus, a non-functional left arm, has caused a major quality of life issue. Unable to use either hand, Michael needed someone with him at all times, to help him with the necessities of life. Michael said, "It feels like I have flappers for hands. I can't even wipe my own butt. My girlfriend does everything for me. My quality of life feels nonexistent! I don't know what I would have done without my girlfriend!" Here is a video of the swelling in Michael's hand before A2M treatment. Due to Michael's debilitating condition and sense of urgency, Rosanne and Cathy (NYC), Patient Service Specialist’s provided an A2M APIC System direct to Dr. Kochert, a Specialist in Regenerative Medicine. June 29, 2015, after a 685 mile trip one way, Michael received A2M treatment on his left shoulder. Since Michael came to Dr. Kochert's office in such tremendous pain, Dr. Kochert included his right hand in the treatment. Dr. Kochert stated “to watch the swelling go down right before my eyes was one of the biggest highlights of my entire professional career”. During July and August, Michael was amazed that he could now swim! He is actually able to use his right hand and left arm to swim like a normal person. Some muscle soreness and muscle fatigue was present, but he had less pain in his left shoulder and arm. Michael's shoulder muscles, bicep and triceps are growing back. His right hand has never swelled back up again. However, he still has that excruciating pain in his hand because of the extensive damage that the crystals have done. If treated early on with Regenerative Medicine this would have all been prevented! The VA Infectious Disease doctor and the VA Rheumatologist have both spoke to Dr. Kochert on the phone. Now, they are both interested but have not given Michael authorization to go outside the VA system. They want to see what happens, at Michael's own out-of-pocket expense. Even though they can see the positive results that Michael is experiencing from the A2M treatment, Michael hasn't had the Stem Cell treatment yet, so there's more to follow... October 19, 2015, Michael received his Stem Cell treatment on his left shoulder and right hand. 16 days after Stem Cell treatment: Michael noticed that the pain in his right hand is beginning to slowly subside. His left shoulder and arm are growing muscle. Michael stated: “This is amazing!” 7 weeks after Stem Cell treatment: the pain in Michael's right hand continues to slowly decrease. He is now able to bend his fingers and close his hand. His left shoulder continues to get stronger. Less than 2 months after Stem Cell treatment, Michael is already experiencing positive results with Regenerative Medicine. YouTube Video 4 months after Stem Cell Therapy Michael's physical therapy February 27, 2016. 6 months after Stem Cell treatment: Michael's right hand is steadily getting better. A little bit less pain and more dexterity everyday. His shoulder continues to get stronger. Now able to lift his arm up to his waist and turn his hand more towards palm up. Over 11 years ago, the VA diagnosed Michael with degenerative disc disease due to herniated and bulging discs in his neck and lower back. This disease has progressed to the point of debilitating. The VAMC as of yet, have not addressed Michael's debilitating neck and back pain. Offering No Solutions, Simply Health Monitors! We scheduled Michael an appointment with Dr. Ledda, another Regenerative Medical Specialist. Michael was hunched over slowly hobbling into Dr. Ledda's office. Dr. Ledda performed Prolozone Therapy on Michael's neck and lower back. The pain was eliminated almost immediately. Michael left Dr. Ledda's office walking tall, pain free with a smile on his face. Please see Michael's heartfelt reaction to Prolozone Therapy. YouTube Video of Michael's reaction to Prolozone. This Petition was inspired by this Veteran's struggle to get the life-saving treatments that every injured Veteran needs! THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW "Veterans Lives Matter Too" To: All Veterans and Military Service Members…with utmost respect and admiration we THANK YOU for your service! The Petition Our Veterans and Military Service Members deserve the right to a higher quality of life, which Regenerative Medicine can offer to each and every injured Veteran in America today! New technological advancements in Regenerative Medicine are minimally invasive, cutting edge medical treatments. SGB, Stem Cell Therapy, A2M, Oxygen, Ozone and Prolozone treatments are treating numerous medical conditions. Such as: Non-Functional Limbs, Cancer, Auto-Immune, Infectious, Inflammatory, Cardiovascular diseases, PTSD, TBI, Pseudogout, Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, COPD, and more, are having successful outcomes every day. This petition calls on Congress, the VA and the President of the United States of America, to Grant Veterans and Military Service Members access to Regenerative Medicine outside the VA infrastructure. This is A Call-to-Action due to the fact that the VA Medical Centers are not trained in the process of delivering these life-saving Regenerative Medical Treatments. Nor do they have the equipment to do so. Our Veterans and Military Service Members need these treatments today, not 20 years from now! With this petition "We the People of the United States of America, Require Congress, the VA Secretary and the President of the United States of America, to Implement and Sign into Law the "Veterans Lives Matter Too" Act. For the Purpose of Life-Saving Regenerative Medical Treatments, Outside the VA. For Our Veterans and Military Service Members, with No Other Purposes.” “We the People of the United States of America, sign this petition in support of our most Noble and Courageous fellow citizens, Our Veterans and Military Service Members.” ACT NOW! For More information contact: Rosanne Clemente stemedcare.com Cathy Vernino: stemedcare.com Cheryl Jones Founder/CEO savingourvets.org Life-changing Medical Treatments for our Injured Veterans! #VeteransLivesMatterToo