Topic

veterans rights

37 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

EQUALITY4VETS2

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 info@equality4vet2.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.

HG Antonio Di Giovanni
313 supporters
Started 3 months ago

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. 

Robert Brecker
358 supporters
Started 3 months ago

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.

Jonathan Kauth
35 supporters