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veterans rights

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Update posted 3 days 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
564,372 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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 https://kw.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Embassy Kuwait CityP. O. Box 77Safat 13001KuwaitTelephone: 00-(965) 2259-1001Fax: 00-(965) 2538-0282 PaskuwaitM@State.gov

Denise A
13,852 supporters