veterans rights

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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
32 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Lawrence R. Silverman, Ralph S. Northam, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Donald J. Trump, Michelle Obama, barack obama

The Unjust Imprisonment of Nicodemus Acosta: Navy Veteran Sentenced to 25 Years in Kuwait

On August 25, 2018, Nicodemus Acosta was asleep in his home when Kuwaiti Officials kicked his door in and began illegally searching his house for drugs that he was accused of distributing by an individual who had been arrested days before.  According to the Kuwaiti Constitution, Article 38: "The home is inviolable; therefore, save in the cases determined by Law and in the manner stipulated therein, no person may enter any home without the dweller's permission." His home was ransacked and his property was destroyed. [Kuwait Constitution, Article 31: "No person may be arrested, imprisoned, searched, have his residence restricted or be restrained in liberty of residence or of movement save in conformity with the provisions of the Law. No person shall be subjected to torture or to ignominious treatment."] Nicodemus was arrested, beaten and then detained in a Detention Center. [Kuwaiti Constitution, Article 34: "The accused is innocent until proved guilty in a Court of Law which shall guarantee him the necessary sureties to exercise his right of defense. The accused shall not be bodily or mentally injured."] Once it was determined that his case would go to trial, he was eventually relocated to the public prison. Possession of 800 grams was what was written in the report, even though the evidence on file contradicted what was written.  Nicodemus submitted numerous requests for a Bail hearing and they were repeatedly denied.  He was detained in Prison without being formally charged with a crime from August 25, 2018 until March 13, 2019.  At his most recent hearing he was sentenced to 25 years on charges of Drug Use and Drug Distribution, although there was no evidence to support the distribution charge. Nicodemus Acosta is a loving father, a native New Yorker and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was working as an IT contractor, supporting U.S. Forces in Kuwait for 3 years, prior to his arrest. He has no previous criminal record, and we cannot allow his life to be spent doing time based off of Fabricated Drug Charges and Falsified Evidence. In the US, we are given a fair trial, and are assumed innocent until proven guilty.  Currently, he is facing 25 years.  We will not allow this to go unnoticed, we are bringing this to the forefront.  There are many other Americans with eerily similar stories and this needs immediate attention! We have contacted the U.S. Embassy repeatedly and we have been told they are unable to help him, which is completely unacceptable.  All they have done are well checks and he has paid out of pocket for a Kuwaiti lawyer. Should we as Americans, be skeptical of traveling or working abroad for fear of this type of treatment from our own country?  Bring home Nicodemus Acosta and the many other Veterans that served and sacrificed for our country. This seems all too common in Kuwait and it needs to be addressed.  Time is of the essence.  My family and I are in desperate need of an intervention. He is missing out on the opportunity to witness his son grow up and mold him into a strong young man. So much has transpired in these last few months, he's lost two grandmothers, one of which who raised him. His father is also not in good health. Please make Nicodemus Acosta a priority and let's FREE HIM NOW!   Please sign and share this petition!  Help bring awareness for Nicodemus as well as the other American veterans in Kuwait by also signing Jermaine Roger’s petition and Tyrone Peterson’s petition. They all have eerily similar stories that needs to be addressed.  Please tweet, call, write, email to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait U.S. Embassy Twitter U.S. Embassy Kuwait CityP. O. Box 77Safat 13001KuwaitTelephone: 00-(965) 2259-1001Fax: 00-(965) 2538-0282

Denise A
14,465 supporters