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On November 24th, 2014, Chuck Hagel stepped down as the US Secretary of Defense. While we await the nomination and approval of his replacement, we must continue to support this important cause. Please continue to sign and share this petition. We'll be sure to address it to the new Secretary as soon as they are chosen.
Goal: 15,000 Progress: 13,962
Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

You've served in the military, so you know the mental toll a term of service can take on a soldier. In fact, you know better than anyone what kinds of psychological challenges a service member can experience while on duty.

But what if you came back from serving your country and your country refused to validate your wounds? Or worse, reversed your diagnosis?

Psychologists at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington have been overturning PTSD diagnoses for hundreds of veterans, in what many see as an attempt to avoid providing the costly health care associated with PTSD. Retroactively reversing these diagnoses without the proper insight not only puts veterans in danger, but it also shows a severe lack of communication between the hospital and its patients.

Ask our Defense Secretary to examine each reversal on a case-by-case basis and to bring consequences to those at Madigan Army Medical Center involved with them.

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Dear Secretary:

Thank you for continuing to look into the cases of PTSD reversal at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Since 2007, there have been hundreds of veteran PTSD cases overturned, and I want to know why.

Sadly, though, I think I know why. Officials have become so concerned with cutting costs they will literally stop at nothing to get out of paying health insurance claims — even those of our former service members who have given of themselves to keep us safe.

When they come back, they deserve the utmost of our gratitude. We can do that by letting them know they will be taken care of in their post-service years, no matter how severe or how mild the problem may be.

Funding for military health care is non-negotiable. These doctors don't get to arbitrarily decide who feels what or who is the most distressed.

Please continue your work in investigating these PTSD reversals and do what you can to see that all military health care facilities are taking the needs of our soldiers seriously.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Feb 20, 2018 Lisa Hammermeister
Feb 13, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 12, 2018 Martha Kubik
Feb 9, 2018 Leslie Williams
Feb 8, 2018 Mary Sier
Feb 8, 2018 Robert Furem
Feb 7, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 6, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 4, 2018 miriam feehily
Feb 1, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 1, 2018 Russell Jackson
Jan 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 24, 2018 Walter Johnson
Jan 17, 2018 Teresa Crosby
Jan 16, 2018 Heather Pelletier
Jan 14, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Jan 14, 2018 Sue Ellen Lupien
Jan 14, 2018 Diana Dee
Jan 10, 2018 Geniece Medsker
Jan 6, 2018 Deborah Goodwin
Jan 6, 2018 Kathryn Gallagher
Jan 2, 2018 Jodi Ford
Dec 29, 2017 Carmen Rodriguez
Dec 13, 2017 evelyn schuette
Dec 13, 2017 ANN MCCLAIN
Dec 13, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Dec 12, 2017 Wallace Gowin PTSD takes too many of our vets away too soon. My friends and I gave PTSD and we support continued reevaluation.
Dec 11, 2017 Melvin Moore
Dec 11, 2017 Daniel Wettstein
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 11, 2017 Patrick Jaquish I've got it ,,, it's r real and it don't go away!!
Dec 10, 2017 Laura Austin We need to take care of our Veterans the way they've taken care of us. Please help these men amd women!
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Edward Tobin
Dec 10, 2017 james hendrick As a PTSD/Vietnam survivor, we MUST treat our veterans, first and foremost...We have the resources and as a health care provider I will do whatever I can....SEMPER FI...Faithful to our VETS !!!!
Dec 10, 2017 john rolin6
Dec 10, 2017 Craig Zilly
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Louis Willie
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Arthur Erb
Dec 10, 2017 David Marinsik
Dec 10, 2017 Ronald stankus PTSD is real and these brave men and women desire all our help!
Dec 10, 2017 Shanna Wahl
Dec 10, 2017 Cynthia Abbott
Dec 10, 2017 Gregge Beiermann
Dec 10, 2017 Melanie Francis What if one of these men were your son, brother or father. More needs to be done to help them.
Dec 10, 2017 George Blanks USMC 1962-1966 Semper Fi
Dec 10, 2017 Anne Marie Wartner
Dec 10, 2017 Don Barnard

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