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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


May 21, 2017 Lisa Porter Make the VA an exception, please. All federal jobs are not alike.
May 21, 2017 Melora Jackson
May 20, 2017 Patricia Molen van Ee
May 20, 2017 CHRIS GILL
May 20, 2017 RICKY SLOAN
May 20, 2017 Sherrie Collins
May 20, 2017 Joyce McDonald
May 20, 2017 RENATE SCHEWCZYK
May 17, 2017 natalie hughes
May 16, 2017 Wendi Myers
May 16, 2017 mindy Bradburn
May 16, 2017 Emily Nolan
May 16, 2017 Elizabeth Baumgardner
May 13, 2017 Stacy Harris
May 13, 2017 Marcia Taylor
May 13, 2017 Anthony Charles
May 12, 2017 refhan irtem
May 12, 2017 Becky Anderson
May 12, 2017 Thao Vu
May 12, 2017 Michele Reynolds
May 12, 2017 Quentin Fischer
May 12, 2017 Virginia Dempsey
May 9, 2017 Leslie Shellberg
May 9, 2017 helen buchanan
May 9, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
May 7, 2017 Andréa Davis
May 7, 2017 Maria Mendez Diaz
May 4, 2017 Karla Lagos
May 3, 2017 Iris Chynoweth
Apr 30, 2017 Rebecca Holzer
Apr 27, 2017 Lynda Cruickshank
Apr 26, 2017 Carola Roy
Apr 25, 2017 Judith Haefner
Apr 24, 2017 Denise Griffin
Apr 24, 2017 Donia Harmon Pedrick
Apr 23, 2017 Rebecca Bierbaum
Apr 23, 2017 Christopher Dean
Apr 23, 2017 Hazel Sharrad
Apr 23, 2017 Tracy Sherrer
Apr 22, 2017 Mary Bissell
Apr 21, 2017 Lydia McMurphy
Apr 17, 2017 Catherine Malin
Apr 17, 2017 Margaret Klessig
Apr 17, 2017 Lynne Smithson
Apr 16, 2017 Christopher Santiago
Apr 15, 2017 Martina Clerici
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Apr 15, 2017 kandace flom
Apr 15, 2017 Amanda Ault
Apr 14, 2017 Karen Hornberger

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