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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


Jun 22, 2017 Shashawna Foland
Jun 20, 2017 Jeanine Smegal
Jun 19, 2017 sarah stevens
Jun 16, 2017 Jessica Porter
Jun 16, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 15, 2017 silvia urban
Jun 14, 2017 Joel Quaintance
Jun 14, 2017 Denise Kastner Very, very important, Trump.
Jun 14, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Jun 13, 2017 Virginia Ilardi
Jun 11, 2017 Doug Helliesen
Jun 11, 2017 ron smith
Jun 11, 2017 Amanda Barnes
Jun 10, 2017 William Beasley
Jun 10, 2017 TIM TRIMBLE
Jun 10, 2017 patricia sutter
Jun 10, 2017 OLGA COTTO
Jun 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2017 Danny Miller
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 6, 2017 Kimberly Wiley
Jun 5, 2017 Jan Adler
Jun 4, 2017 Maggie Alk
Jun 4, 2017 Paula Lewis
Jun 1, 2017 Patricia Gillespie
Jun 1, 2017 Stephanie Curl
Jun 1, 2017 Tracy Morjal
Jun 1, 2017 Michele Ham
Jun 1, 2017 Marcelo Cintra
May 31, 2017 CAtherine Reeves Administrative people keep the paperwork and supplies going that the docs, etc need to do their work. Please release the freeze on hiring in the VA.
May 30, 2017 Lisa Sommer
May 30, 2017 Karen Supplee
May 30, 2017 Marla Harrod
May 30, 2017 Sharon Sutton
May 30, 2017 Janice Norman
May 30, 2017 Lisa Johnson
May 30, 2017 Marie Osmundsen
May 29, 2017 Valerie Sanderson
May 29, 2017 Ashleigh Heath
May 29, 2017 Karen Sprague
May 29, 2017 CAROLYN CORR
May 29, 2017 Gemma Eggleton
May 29, 2017 Sławomir Prucnal
May 28, 2017 Michael McKiel
May 28, 2017 Susan Pizza
May 28, 2017 Bonnie Walsh
May 28, 2017 R.A. Dayton
May 28, 2017 Carole Staples This hiring freeze is hurting vet care. The clinic we attend is down three RN positions. Also, many of these positions could be filled by returning vets seeking employment.
May 28, 2017 Linda Claugus

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