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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: 14,021
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


Jun 21, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 14, 2018 Christina Edwards
Jun 12, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 Lynette Rynders
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 23, 2018 Tara Spires
May 22, 2018 Sharon Dimitrijevich
May 22, 2018 Douglas Dyrssen Sr Rest in peace our brothers.
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Barry Green
May 22, 2018 PABLO GRIFFITH
May 22, 2018 Ann Phillips I do not understand why the resident's wife received the very best medical care for a kidney condition while our veterans, who deserve more than our best care, are denied services for conditions directly attributable to their time in service.
May 22, 2018 Kat Watson
May 21, 2018 De Alberts Always protect and serve those who did that for us !
May 21, 2018 Richard Hutchinson
May 21, 2018 Theresa Mason my gosh sure hope he goes viral what a remarkable story God Bless all our vets
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 16, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 8, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 8, 2018 Sara Vilhena
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 7, 2018 Andrea Schnitzler
May 3, 2018 Barbara Leary
Apr 19, 2018 Sandra Greene
Apr 16, 2018 SUSAN BAILEY
Apr 16, 2018 Dorothy Henry
Apr 14, 2018 george lewis
Apr 14, 2018 george THOMAS TAKE CARE OF OUR HEROS OUR VETERANS !
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Mar 24, 2018 Kelly Shanks
Mar 24, 2018 Jodi Abel
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please give this Veteran the honor and respect he has earned.
Mar 21, 2018 Janice Barber
Mar 21, 2018 Ethel Simpson
Mar 20, 2018 Joel Quaintance
Mar 20, 2018 Edwin Stoddard 329th Heavy Boat, Danang
Mar 20, 2018 Henry C Dingee IV No surrender, be faithful and reverent, share support.
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2018 Kenneth Kwiatek
Mar 19, 2018 Chris Carrick
Mar 19, 2018 William Ledbetter
Mar 19, 2018 Loann Johnson
Mar 19, 2018 CeCe Corvera PTSD...shell chock...battle fatigue...whatever name you give it, needs to be dealt with when our military men and women return from war! Don’t ignore them.
Mar 19, 2018 Roberta R Czarnecki
Mar 19, 2018 Dennis Neeley Thank you from fellow Vietnam Vet! Rest In Peace !
Mar 19, 2018 Roger Mathison A hero is still a hero no matter the "popularity" of the conflict. Afghanistan isn't popular but we still award the Medal of Honor. He would not want a movie but national recognition will benefit those still suffering from PTSD.
Mar 19, 2018 Anita Starkey

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