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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 3,089
Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

America's service members face all kinds of combat. But for many veterans, simply getting the VA to cover their health expenses is a battle of its own.

This is a battle many veterans are fighting as we speak. And those who have suffered sexual assaults at the hands of a peer or superior are fighting an even more uphill war. This is because sexual violence within the military remains a highly taboo subject.

For example, the VA requires victims to produce evidence of an attack when there often isn't any. It's not uncommon for VA employees to simply deny that an attack even happened. Deception within the department is pervasive.

Being a soldier means fighting for one's country. Being a veteran means receiving respect and lifelong benefits in return for service.

Veterans shouldn't have to fight a war at home. Ask the Department of Defense to stop hesitating on granting PTSD benefits, especially to sexual violence victims.

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Dear Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

As more and more of American veterans return home from service and from war, we will undoubtedly see an increase in PTSD occurrences.

While it's hard enough as it is to obtain health coverage for PTSD diagnoses related to hardships of war, it's even more difficult to request coverage for sexual-abuse related PTSD.

That's because sexual violence within the military is still a tremendously taboo subject. Victims are discouraged from reporting crimes for fear they will be demoted or they won't be taken seriously. They live in fear of ridicule and isolation from others in their units. They are also required to provide evidence of a crime — evidence that most often does not exist. The atmosphere for sexual assault victims is hostile at best.

I need you to renew your commitment to America's veterans. PTSD is a real and crippling disorder; we cannot stand idly by while our brave soldiers are suffering quietly and alone.

Please follow through on taking care of our vets.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Apr 22, 2018 Ms. Jocelyn Valdez-Loqui
Apr 22, 2018 David Schorg
Apr 22, 2018 Kimberly Corn
Apr 19, 2018 J Miller
Apr 15, 2018 william elliott
Apr 14, 2018 Don Perkins
Apr 14, 2018 Bonnie Auman
Apr 14, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 14, 2018 Stella Wicker
Apr 13, 2018 Kristi Weber
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 6, 2018 Virginia Bennett PTSD is a crippling mental disease caused by war. Therefor those suffering from it a result of their service to their country should be receiving treatment on an equal basis with any other war-related disease!!
Mar 30, 2018 Bill Vann
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Mar 25, 2018 Maria Sicari
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2018 Cindy Burns Let's take better care of our Veterans.
Mar 24, 2018 Jodi Abel
Mar 24, 2018 Robert New
Mar 23, 2018 Jane Rigney
Mar 20, 2018 Joel Quaintance
Mar 14, 2018 Katherine Loerch
Mar 13, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Mar 13, 2018 Barbara McKinstry
Mar 13, 2018 Vera Caleça
Mar 13, 2018 Kathleen Coffman
Mar 13, 2018 tammy bullock
Mar 13, 2018 ELLEN NOVOTNY All our soldiers need our very best, continued care.
Mar 13, 2018 DayLynn McDonald
Mar 13, 2018 celeste biegen
Mar 13, 2018 CAROL BECK
Mar 11, 2018 Amy Secrest
Mar 8, 2018 Terry Smith
Mar 6, 2018 Annicka Chetty
Mar 5, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Mar 3, 2018 kathy patton
Feb 28, 2018 James Williams
Feb 26, 2018 Noelia Cisneros
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 24, 2018 Ronald McClure
Feb 24, 2018 Barbara Dunning
Feb 24, 2018 Rebecca Davis Veterans deserve the best care always, for they have given their best for us.
Feb 24, 2018 Lucilla Bellucci
Feb 21, 2018 Mandy Keane
Feb 13, 2018 Winifred Boyd

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