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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


Jul 19, 2018 Barb Wilkin
Jul 19, 2018 Ron Alexander I volunteer at the VA hospital, and see the terrible problems caused by the hiring freeze. Vital employees retired or transferred not replaced has caused unbearable workload for current employees.
Jul 18, 2018 Randall Bong
Jul 16, 2018 Renee Pless
Jul 16, 2018 josilda josilda
Jul 15, 2018 Virginia Cassidy
Jul 15, 2018 Edward Flounoy Jr
Jul 15, 2018 Judi Putnam
Jul 15, 2018 Richard Pontious
Jul 15, 2018 Richard Rheder
Jul 15, 2018 Phyl Morello
Jul 15, 2018 Alice black
Jul 12, 2018 Wilson Suarez I volunteered my services to this great Nation freely and this is the payback I get! Enough already...Protect and serve our fellow Vets, who are also tax paying citizens...
Jul 11, 2018 Robert Furem
Jul 5, 2018 M. Thompson You SAID you'd help us- now is your chance to shine. Open up the books for the VA To hire nurses and Physicians, techs for equipment, and support personnel- you couldn't do without these types of people yourself, don't ask veterans or the VA to. please.
Jul 4, 2018 c. martinez
Jul 4, 2018 suzanne caruso
Jul 4, 2018 Heather Lewis
Jul 4, 2018 Susan Hanlon
Jul 4, 2018 JOHN Mercer
Jul 4, 2018 Brittiany Hulings This is affecting my life and home.
Jul 2, 2018 Michelle Dumar
Jun 30, 2018 Patt Geyler Freeze stink!! Make a room for the vets that gave for us...Please!
Jun 27, 2018 Beverly Rector
Jun 25, 2018 Bobbi Kinn
Jun 25, 2018 Emma Berlin
Jun 21, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 17, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 17, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 16, 2018 Kathleen Tashiro
Jun 15, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Jun 14, 2018 Terri Sammarco
Jun 14, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
Jun 13, 2018 Michelle Giordano
Jun 11, 2018 Leah Helmer
Jun 11, 2018 Natasha Vargas
Jun 11, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jun 1, 2018 Sheila Parks
Jun 1, 2018 Heidi Steffy
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

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