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 State of Missou
Saving American History, preserve the past to ensure a bright future.
Here lately there has been a non stop attack on Veteran Monuments and American History. Our history is watered down in the classrooms to our kids, leaving them with little understanding of our history and even less understanding of how our country is supppsed to work. With the ongoing removal of Confederate Monuments we are not only disgracing our veterans but deleting history. This can not continue, where does it stop; are Asian American's going to ask for the removal of Pearl Harbor Monuments, are we going to remove the Lincoln Memorial, are Native American's going to call for the removal of the American flag because it represents the people that stole their land and slaughtered their people. We can not change history it must be put out amd embraced in order to prevent from making the same mistakes. This is not an issue on race the Civil War was an issue on the states right to govern themselves. We can't change that slavery was here in America but we can change the current path that will only lead to the complete deletion of our history. Be part of the lll% stand up and make it known that true American Patriots will not stand by and allow the continued assault on our history.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Department of Veteran Affairs, Veteran Administration, Andrew M. Cuomo, Department of Veterans Affairs, New York Times, News Corp., Donald Trump, Nita M. Lowey
20 year old Law. Demand the Veterans Administration to provide equal dental care!
This law is 20 years old let's fix it In order for a Veteran to receive Dental Care from any VA Hospital in the U.S. you must be either 100% disabled, have sustained a major injury to the face in combat or have been a POW. There are currently 22 MILLION Veterans and their families who will never be treated for dental by the VA, EVER, No matter how horrific their dental condition. Dental neglect is deadly and our Veterans deserve the best. Not only should this be fair but quality as well. Help me correct this inhumanity. *If there is anything you would like to add (such as a statistical fact) please leave it in the comment section
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President Donald Trump
Make Vietnam vet Jim Pawlukiewicz a US citizen before he dies.
Jim Pawlukiewicz was born in July 1946, in a liberated Nazi work camp in Germany. Germany would not grant him citizenship because his parents were Polish, and Poland would not grant him citizenship because he was born in Germany. He arrived in the US in 1950. He was drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam, which he did, but despite many efforts over many years, the federal government has never processed his paperwork for obtaining citizenship properly. Grant him his citizenship, Mr. President. Instruct Secretary Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to expedite this American soldier's naturalization before he dies.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Did you know that the starting pay for a cadet (a private) in the California Highway Patrol is $5,717.00?Did you know that as of 2017, the starting pay for a private in the United States armed forces is only $1,633.50?Did you also know that the starting pay at McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box is $1,920.00 per month? Our goals. So why the difference in pay?Why are our veterans only receiving the same pay as an employee at McDonalds, Burgers king, or Jack in the Box? Did you know that since establishing the California Highway Patrol in 1929, only 226 officers have died in the line of duty?Did you know that since 2003, at least 268,000 veterans have died in the line of duty?So what career is more hazardous? Our goals. Too, every night a California Patrolmen and an investigator with the Federal Bureau of investigations goes home to their family and sleeps in a nice cozy bed with a roof over their head.Yet often our veterans may not see their families for up to a year or more, and never have a roof over their head. More frightening is the question: why is it that we live in a Country that requires its citizens to raise money to help disabled veterans?Isn't the full and complete care of our veterans the responsibility of the President and the nation that asked our veterans to lay down their lives for the Country? Our goals. If you care and want more for our veterans, please join our in our efforts to reward our veterans by ensuring equal pay, and equal benefits. Too, we are looking for like minds. If you are interested in being a part of our efforts as a volunteer helping to broadcast information, help with publications, and writings, and various other duties, please email me with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. Please note. The petition that we will eventually send to the President and those of the Senate and Congress will reflect primarily that which can be reviewed at OUR GOALS. However, until we have heard from each and every individual who signs this petition what they feel that message should be, our PETITION will be in a constant state of change. Only after we have reached 100,000 signatures, will we send out a draft for your approval and eventually the final PETITION. In the meantime, thanks for your help and support. And if you have ideas, please don't hesitate to write us with them.
Petition to Souderton Borough Council
Souderton Borough should create an ordinance that limits the use of consumer fireworks.
As pretty as the sparkling sky is above Souderton, animals are terrorized, people are injured, property and belongings are damaged, sleep is lost , and our American heroes suffering from PTSD have a very difficult time. Even worse, fireworks do not simply terrify animals; the use of fireworks kills them. Every year, without fail, intentionally or unwittingly, for each whiz, pop, and bang, felines cower and hide while canines cringe and whimper. In both instances, the beloved family pet will then very likely run outside onto the roads to escape the thundering sounds above. Their terror blinds them, therefore they don’t notice the oncoming vehicle that kills them. This is only one annual example as there are documented cases of animals having to be put down every year as a consequence of fireworks. The bright lights and booming sounds of fireworks can be tough for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 30 percent of Vietnam Veterans have suffered from PTSD in their lifetime. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, the number of Veterans with PTSD differs with service area. In a given year, 12 percent of Gulf War Veterans will suffer from PTSD and 11 to 20 percent of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Veterans will have PTSD. The loud noises and bright lights of fireworks can trigger some bad memories for military veterans. Fireworks are explosives and the risks associated with the private use of fireworks outweigh their benefits. We are calling upon Souderton Borough Council to create sensible ordinances for our community to follow so that we can all live and prosper as one in this great community. Sensible laws would include, but not limited to, consumer fireworks being allowed on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day only. Souderton borough approved displays of pyrotechnics would be limited by permit and public notice with an application and approval process for any public display outside of the aforementioned holidays. We call on you to do the right thing and limit consumer fireworks within Souderton borough, protecting our veterans, family members, pets, property, and human life, and to enhance the quality of living within Souderton Borough.
Petition to VetsEDU
Veteran Consumer Protection Act
Veterans & Active Military, like all consumers, are potential targets for deceptive and unfair business practices. VetsEDU's must safeguard our Veterans & Active Military from these practices. Our efforts to eliminate such practices through aggressive enforcement and a vigorous, ongoing educational campaign are an important part of our Veteran & Active Military protection work. Specifically, VetsEDU is working hard, along with other military agencies, to identify, stop, and prevent illegal and misleading advertising related to VA mortgages and refinancing. Some lenders marketing VA mortgages may use aggressive and potentially misleading advertising and sales tactics. Lenders may advertise a rate just to get you to respond, or you may receive a VA mortgage offer that provides limited benefit to you while adding thousands of dollars to your loan balance. In addition lenders may charge fees or points to our Veterans & Active Military just to make more money. Please sign our petition today to help us stop these crooks and pass an educational law protecting those who have protected us!!!
Petition to President of the United States
Congress Do Right By Disabled Veterans
In the early part of the Global War on Terror the United States military utilized a practice to discharge soldiers who were exhibiting PTSD by misdiagnosing them with various Personality Disorders or (something you are born with compared to occurring as a result of service in the military) Or in some cases discharging troops for "bad conduct" when signs of PTSD were present. As part of the discharge process, these troops were told that their mental health issues were not the military's fault which discouraged the filing of Disability claims and they were also told in many cases that they could re-enter service after two years back in civilian life. For thousands upon thousands of soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, this practice also discouraged proper treatment of the mental health conditions that they suffered from. According to Veterans Administration guidelines, Disability benefits can only be backdated to the date that a veteran files a claim OR the day following release from active duty if the claim is filed within a year of discharge. The problem though is that with the misdiagnoses and subsequent lies about reentry into the service many of the veterans discharged under these practices were ultimately discouraged from filing their claims for mental health until well after that one year window from discharge had passed which is a great injustice to these veterans. Congress has already admitted to the issue of these bad paper discharges by directing the discharge review board to liberally allow for discharge upgrades and concessions have been made in granting of benefits in the first place. Unfortunately, they have been perfectly content with allowing the lost benefits of these men and women to sit in their coffers. Ultimately the goal of this petition is to ask Congress to do the right thing by these veterans by allowing for a statute change that will allow those who were discharged under personality disorders or other bad paper discharges who have subsequently proven PTSD or similar service-connected disabilities to have back pay and effective dates reinstated to the day following discharge from the armed forces at whatever rating they have been deemed to fit. While this action may come at a cost to the budget the fact is that it is the right thing to do as a nation for our soldiers that were scarred by service and then subsequently scarred by this dishonest and misleading practice. While money will never fix the betrayal that was perpetrated on troops who only wanted to serve their country and who found themselves with nothing but wrong directions; this act by Congress would go at least some distance in healing the harm caused.