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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

Nov 18, 2017 Tara Schwenker
Nov 15, 2017 Russ Atkinson
Nov 12, 2017 Barbara Hrybinczak
Nov 12, 2017 Brenda Goldman They gave their hearts, minds and bodies. They need all their benefits whether it be for loss of limb or PTSD. Give our veterans their benefits.
Nov 11, 2017 Peggy Van Sickle
Nov 11, 2017 Judy McKinney
Nov 10, 2017 Mary Kay Siegel
Nov 10, 2017 Joanne Franchi
Nov 10, 2017 Donna Padula
Nov 10, 2017 James Long
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Nov 8, 2017 MIldred Huffmire
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Oct 30, 2017 Maryanne Thompson
Oct 30, 2017 Tonya Miller
Oct 30, 2017 Christine McNulty
Oct 30, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 30, 2017 Sofia Fernandez-Amaro American First
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Oct 28, 2017 Virginia Anziani I have non-combat-related PTSD. As bad as it is for me, I still cannot begin to imagine what it is like for those who suffer from combat memories and emotions. We should and MUST do everything possible to treat PTSD in veterans.
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 23, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 16, 2017 lillian cabral
Oct 15, 2017 John Moszyk
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Oct 15, 2017 Joyce Morrison
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Oct 11, 2017 Joan Baker
Oct 11, 2017 Kathleen Kelley Grateful to all who serve 🇺🇸 Thank You🇺🇸
Oct 9, 2017 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Oct 7, 2017 Virginia Lippert
Oct 2, 2017 Anna Krohn
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Sep 1, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
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