veterans rights

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Started 1 month ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, President of the United States

Increase The Disabled Veteran Benefits

 According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website as of November 8th 2018. Disabled veterans are paid on a disability scale that starts from 10% to 100% service connected disability. When the veteran is paid for their disability, it is a certain amount and currently the minimum for a 10% Disabled Veteran with No Dependents is 137$ monthly. The maximum amount is for a 100% Disabled Veteran with spouse, two parents and child at $3,527.22 monthly. This amount is too little and needs to be addressed properly by our government officials. For anyone who lives in any major city in the good old USA knows that the National Average of an unfurnished apartment is $1,500+ and climbing. For example, in most popular cities such as Los Angeles and New York City the average rate of housing is well over $2,500+ for two bedroom unfurnished apartments. The VA benefits are not staying ahead of the housing cost by much and forcing veterans into Welfare/Food Stamps and supplemental state assistance income as a necessity in order to eat and survive normally. Rather than the government throw $640 Billion dollars and growing into the military, give a little more to those that have already served and deserve to be better taken care of. Give them the support they need. The funding to live a less stressful life after they have been hurt mentally and physically, lost their limbs or have become paralyzed. Currently, President Trump's requested budget for veterans for FY2019 is $198 Billion dollars, but this is going to be dispersed upon the service providers and facilities and maybe, just a measly 3.9% actual increase for Veterans Disabilities Benefits. This is not fair. Not right. Not enough. Take better care of our vets. Sign this petition and let it be heard. Increase the benefits across the board for all Disabled Veterans. Starting from the 10% Disabled up to the 100% Disabled. All Veterans have sacrificed and should be treated and taken care of fairly. 

Mo Moumné
2,167 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Honorable Robert Wilkie

Reinstate medical privileges for surgeon and American hero Dr. Russi at the Roseburg VA.

Reinstate medical privileges for Doctor Scott Russi at the Roseburg Veteran Affairs Health Care System in Oregon, and set the record straight about his distinguished career as a highly skilled, compassionate surgeon and an American hero.    Enough is enough.  For far too long, the U. S. Veterans Affairs Department has ignored fixing its beleaguered health care system. In 2017, the Roseburg VA was deemed the worst VA Hospital in the country.  It should be bad enough that the Roseburg VA Hospital is poorly mismanaged and the VA needs to fix it head on. But maybe even more egregious, is the VA’s silent attack on the stellar reputation of Dr. Russi, a Board Certified surgeon with a distinguished military career, serving 29 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed five times as combat surgeon and once as a hospital commander. Those who have served with Dr. Russi, often refer to him as “Dr. Angel,” because of his bravery, heroic acts and human kindness.                                           After retiring from the military as a colonel, Dr. Russi eventually took a position at the Roseburg VA’s clinic in Eugene, Oregon. Roseburg VA was in desperate need of qualified surgeons. He wanted to continue to give back to our country’s veterans and be a contributor to improving the overall health care provided at Roseburg VA.   He was hired in 2017 and thirty days later he was fired. Without warning or grounds, and at a coffee shop no less, a supervisor informed Dr. Russi that he was being fired. Since then, the VA has not provided any reason or evidence for his abrupt dismissal, nor has he been given an opportunity to challenge the VA’s decision.    Meanwhile, toxic leadership remains intact at the Roseburg VA and sadly the quality of care continues to remain substandard. The men, women and families, who have served our country, deserve far better from the American people. This is simply not acceptable.   Dr. Russi’s colleagues and patients are outraged. Please join us and sign this petition to the Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Like his title implies, it is time for the Honorable Secretary, and the vast organization he represents, to do the “honorable” thing. Give Dr. Russi his job back and make sure our veterans receive the highest quality health care they deserve.   Stop the line.   

Stop the Line
4,075 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, The United State Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Phil Roe, Jon Tester, Johnny Isakson, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Richard Blumenthal, Thom Tillis, Mike Bost, Elizabeth H. Esty, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, President of the United States, Donald Trump

DEFEND 225,000 ELDERLY DISABLED VETS: VA Individual Unemployability (IU) Demise for FY18

SIGN THIS PETITION TO SUPPORT 225,000 ELDERLY DISABLED VETERANS!!!! I am a disabled Marine Corps combat Veteran. I put forward this CALL FOR ACTION on behalf of the countless WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran brothers that could be negatively affected by proposed changes in the 2018 Federal Budget surrounding VA Individual Unemployability (IU).   We are requesting that the proposed changes to IU NOT BE ENACTED.  Our nations' disabled Veterans that are at or reaching retirement age and who have sacrificed and given so much to our country should not be put in positions of compromise or, potentially, of HOMELESSNESS when at their most vulnerable.  They certainly DID NOT do the same when asked to serve and to go into harm’s way! The Executive Budget Proposal for FY 2018 includes changes to VA Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits to fund the expansion of the Veterans Choice program.  While Veterans Choice is a great program used by many us Veterans it should not be expanded at the expense of those severely Disabled Veterans receiving IU when at retirement age. IU provides Veterans who are between 60% to 90% disabled with pay at the 100% disabled rate due to their inability to be gainfully employed because of their service connected disabilities.  The proposal in this budget would be to retract IU benefits when Veterans reach the minimum age for retirement of 62 and, therefore, being eligible for social security benefits. WE NEED TO IMPROVE VETERAN BENEFITS AND NOT REDUCE THEM! This is problematic because: 1)    Veterans receiving IU have been forced from the workplace due to their service connected disabilities and have not accumulated the same Social Security benefits as someone who was able to be gainfully employed for their entire work eligible life. 2)    These same Veterans have not been able to save either through personal savings or employer sponsored retirement plans as if they would have been able to had they been gainfully employed. 3)    Most Americans who are not disabled Veterans are not able to retire at the minimum retirement age of 62 so assuming that disabled Veterans would retire at this age is inequitable. Disabled Veterans who suffered serious and disabling injuries while serving our country COULD BE at a SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTAGE during the later years of life should this proposal be adopted. SAY NO BY SIGNING THIS PETITION!    

SGT Wilson RD
3,765 supporters