veterans rights

23 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

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

Emily Webster
467 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, Judy Ward, Rich Irvin, Pennsylvania State House, Robert Casey, Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania State Senate, Pat Toomey, John Eichelberger

Protect veterans service connected disability compensation from civil courts

Pennsylvania veterans are being stripped of their service connected disability compensation everyday by civil court judges. Veterans are being forced to pay over more than half of their benefits to able bodied non-veterans with complete disregard to federal laws. 38 U.S. Code § 5301 - Nonassignability and exempt status of benefitsPayments of benefits due or to become due under any law administered by the Secretary shall not be assignable except to the extent specifically authorized by law, and such payments made to, or on account of, a beneficiary shall be exempt from taxation, shall be exempt from the claim of creditors, and shall not be liable to attachment, levy, or seizure by or under any legal or equitable process whatever, either before or after receipt by the beneficiary                                                                                                                                               Title 38 Defines the Following as:      The term ‘‘service-connected’’ means, with respect to disability or death, that such disability was incurred or aggravated,or that the death resulted from a disability incurred or aggravated,in line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service The term ‘‘compensation’’ means a monthly payment made by the Secretary to a veteran because of service-connected disability.      

Robert Smith
337 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Chris Christie, Frank Lobiondo

Remove the combat zone requirement for Disabled NJ Veterans tax exemption

In the Great State of New Jersey, the government saw fit to exempt 100% disabled veterans from property tax in 1946 by enacting N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.30.  This statute exempted all veterans from personal property tax providing that they were: 1. 100% disabled as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs 2. Discharged honorably 3. Residents of the state of NJ 4. Served during a time of war 5. Requested an exception on their primary residence Since that time, the statute has been progressively narrowed until the current prevailing interpretation is that a veteran must have served 14 days in an actual combat zone, and further that operations post 9/11 are considered to be "peace keeping missions". This petition calls for the government of the State of New Jersey to apply the tax exemption to ALL 100% disabled veterans who served during time of active conflict equally, in accordance with the actual language of the State Constitution and Statute.  Neither the Constitution nor the Statute have wording requiring the 14 day combat zone period, nor do they term post 9/11 operations as peace keeping missions.  The statue also clearly states that such disability may be the result of enemy action, accident, or disease - yet municipalities in New Jersey are continuing to deny veterans who do not have this arbitrarily required combat zone time. Though combat veterans deserve our admiration, respect, and thanks it should not be that those who served our nation with honor but, through no fault of their own, did not fight in war are forgotten.  Indeed all veterans who find themselves disabled and unable to work also find themselves dealing with similar financial difficulty, and the original intent of the legislation was to provide relief to veterans who served honorably and are disabled. Each veteran who served in a time of active combat operations had no choice in whether or not they were ordered into combat, but all volunteered regardless of the possibility that they might. Given that the number of Veterans claiming ANY form of VA benefits constitutes less than one percent of the total population of the state of New Jersey (per the most recent state census and Dept. Of Veterans Affairs State by State summary), it is clear that applying this exemption across the board for all 100% disabled veterans who served honorably during a time of active combat operations, is not in any way burdensome on the state. This petition calls for the removal of the unnecessary and unilateral requirement of combat zone duty for the disabled veterans personal property tax exemption in the State of New Jersey.

Christopher Johnson
1,630 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rick Scott, Marco Rubio

Fight for Me (Disabled Combat Veteran) My lifeIn October 2013 I was arrested on DV charges. My wife has tried to get me committed ever since She found out I was getting medically retired. Her whole concern has not been my injuries from war but, the money, and benefits she could get from my sacrifice. She called 911 and told them I took thirty Ambien pills. Two Escambia County deputy cars showed up at my house 1040 Brownfield Rd. They responded to what they thought was an overdose call yet, there were no first responders or Paramedics. Once they realized I did not take any pills they listened to my wife and me and said I did nothing to go to jail for. They told me they would take me to my VA appointment, but instead took me to jail. My wife knows if I’m committed or in jail she can take all my money from the VA and act on my behalf. She wrote a statement full of lies. The arrest report even stated I accidently bumped into my wife trying to leave. My wife dropped all the charges and I moved back in the house. We have had martial problems for a while. There is a lack of trust and has been domestic violence with myself as the victim. In November 2013 my wife and I were arguing while she was driving. She punched me in the face and I got out of the vehicle and walked home. Her mother thought it was funny and started calling her Muhammad Ali. On our Anniversary April 18 2014 Wendy shoved our whole Anniversary cake in my face and began hitting me. She then through a glass plate and it broke over my back. She then took a picture off the wall and broke it over my head leaving glass in my face and back. She pulled out her 45 cal pistol and shot it in the back yard and then pointed it at me. Her mother had to come over and get the gun and pull the glass out of my back. One week later Wendy attacked me when I came home from play practice at school. She was jealous I was in a play with women. She punched me gave me a black eye, broke my glasses ripped my shirt cut my face and neck. I ran out of the house and she jumped in her Chevy traverse and tried to run me over. I had to hide behind the neighbor’s car and run through their back yard. I called my wife’s stepdad to come pick me up from down the road. I was going to stay on their couch but my wife called me 27 times came over there at two in the morning blowing the horn and beating on her mother’s door. She said if I did not go home with her that night she would kill herself. Then on May 30th 2014 I had enough. I was tired of living with someone so hateful. I was packing my bags going to stay with my mother. My wife began to tell our children I hated them. I told her not to do that again. She began yelling even louder and calling them by name saying I hated them. I covered her mouth with my hand and she called her mother. Her mother came over and as I was talking her in the back yard Wendy called the police. She said she wanted me to go to jail so I would come home humbled. Then I returned home from my Wounded Warrior trip Father’s day 2014. Wendy refused to let me see our childrenand would not let me enter the house. She got a restrainer order Tuesday June 17th 2014 keeping me away from the children even longer. While I was gone on my trip she took a baseball bat to my 2014 Silverado pickup truck and blew up the motor.  She continues to try and have me arrested everytie I have my two beautiful daughters .  The State Attorneys office and the Sheriff Department have seen the text messages she admits too. They know she held our babies head under water for punishment and admitted to physically abusing me and saying she would molest our girls and tell the cops I did it. Yet they still arrest me for sending a text about the house going into foreclosure saying it violated the restraining order. The State Attorneys office and Sheriff Department have allowed this women to abuse my children and myself lie under oath destroy my property and stalk me repeatedly. Everyone I ask for help tells me their hands are tied. The only way this evil can continue is for good people to do nothing about it. Four years I am sill being harassed.  I have been divorced for two years now. I filed I moved out and tried to move on with my life. She broke into my apartment and assaulted me there. She has tormented me for four years now with the State Attorneys office and Sheriffs Department at her disposal.  No one in Escambia County will help me. Please I fought for this Country I fought for you will you fight for me?

Timothy Chandler
140 supporters