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Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

The current hiring freeze on government jobs is hurting those who have sacrificed the most for their country.

Nearly half a million veterans are still facing wait times of a month or longer before even seeing a doctor. A major contributor to that lag in service are the 45,000 unfilled positions, according to the New York Times, in the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is no shortage of Americans qualified to work in these positions, but as long as the hiring freeze put in place by the Trump Administration is still in effect, there are no improvements in sight at the VA, either.

The executive order issued on Monday, Jan. 23 did exempt 73 different VA jobs from the freeze, including medical practitioners, psychologists, nurses, and security guards, but support staff will not be added.

Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled American Veterans Washington headquarters, is concerned President Trump has not considered the impact the freeze will have on veterans seeking care from the VA.

"There are more than 389,000 disability claims pending and more than 450,000 veterans awaiting appeals decisions — many seriously ill and injured — and delaying these decisions can negatively impact eligibility for the health care and benefits they earned," Augustine wrote on Jan. 27 on his organization's website.

The order was derided by every Democratic senator, and several Republicans have asked for further clarifications from the White House. VA physicians have also criticized the freeze.

"You cannot provide front-line care without the support staff," Dr. Katherine Mitchell, an emergency-room physician in the Phoenix VA Health Care System, told theNew York Times. "Doctors can't do their jobs without people to schedule appointments or clean rooms or do physical therapy. Common sense says we need all health care workers to be exempt. If not, I don't think it is a stretch to say people will die."

This sweeping measure hurts American veterans who have already given so much in fighting for our freedoms.

Sign below to tell President Trump to lift the government hiring ban and fill the tens of thousands of open positions at the VA, helping our veterans get the healthcare they deserve.

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Dear President Trump,

The hiring freeze you've issued to clear up government inefficiency has only created a larger problem for those who have already sacrificed so much for our country.

Nearly half a million veterans are still facing wait times of a month or longer before even seeing a doctor. A major contributor to that lag in service are the 45,000 unfilled positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is no shortage of Americans qualified to work in these positions, but as long as the hiring freeze is still in effect, we will not see any improvements at the VA, either.

According to The Agenda, the average age of a government employee is 50 years old, and with new workers blocked from coming in at entry level positions, existing hires will only cost more as they are promoted or their skills become obsolete. With an already aging workforce, qualified talent is going to be even harder for federal employers to find as time goes on.

Doctors can't do their jobs without people to schedule appointments or clean rooms or do physical therapy. Common sense says we need all health care workers to be exempt. If not, people will die.

President Trump, it is up to you to end the hiring freeze and allow our qualified citizens to fill the positions so desperately needed at the VA. It's the only way we will see an improvement in the care for our veterans.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 23, 2018 Kelly Shanks
May 22, 2018 Mozaiah Thompson This freeze is unreasonable, and a kamikaze-style distraction, used by this administration, in order to detract from the real issues at hand. It is an unrighteous act.
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 SUDIE SALLEE STOP THE HIRING FREEZE AT THE V.A. OUR PEOPLE NEED HELP. THEY DESERVE BETTER THAN YOU ARE GIVING THEM.
May 21, 2018 Lucy Sommer
May 19, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 15, 2018 Brenda Bushey
May 9, 2018 Tara Schuneman
May 8, 2018 Natalie Bieniarz
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 8, 2018 Marion Barbour
May 7, 2018 Andrea Schnitzler
May 4, 2018 Rob Dexter
May 4, 2018 Loli Diaz
May 4, 2018 Bonnie Steiger Why do you still get paid, trump?
May 2, 2018 Rhea Osland These veterans deserve so much better - they risked their lives for us. Get busy and properly staff the VA - HIRE.
Apr 29, 2018 George Peacock
Apr 28, 2018 Kaley Bill
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Barbara Leary
Apr 16, 2018 Debbie Kelly
Apr 14, 2018 Joan Kelly
Apr 14, 2018 Jessie Osborne
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Rory Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Donita Lowrey
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Shannon Williamson This is a no brained.
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 6, 2018 Stacey Dillingham
Apr 6, 2018 J Boeser
Mar 27, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 25, 2018 Sandra Bigart
Mar 25, 2018 Isa Ziegler
Mar 25, 2018 Jean Cherpak
Mar 23, 2018 J Rigney
Mar 22, 2018 Lydia Benade
Mar 22, 2018 William Scholefield
Mar 14, 2018 K Cherry
Mar 13, 2018 Carmen Blakely
Mar 13, 2018 Mary Wilson
Mar 10, 2018 Brian Kelly
Mar 10, 2018 Colleen Carroll
Mar 7, 2018 MARJORIE HILL
Mar 5, 2018 Diane Smith
Feb 28, 2018 James Williams
Feb 25, 2018 Linda Farnum
Feb 24, 2018 Susan Kilgore
Feb 24, 2018 Kathryn Gallagher
Feb 21, 2018 Lynn Laupheimer

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