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In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln addressed a divided nation and spoke these words which would become the Department of Veterans Affairs motto: "(L)et us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan [1]."

Today the VA is plagued with systemic problems, repeated scandals, dilapidating infrastructure, and poor health care service to the nine million veterans under its charge. In 2013, more than half a million veterans' applications for disability benefits were backlogged. In 2014, veterans died waiting for care while VA facilities falsified wait times, and veterans seeking help through the suicide prevention hotline were passed off to unqualified third parties [2] [3].

VA Secretary David Shulkin recently identified more than 30 VA facilities where veterans must wait at least 60 days before receiving any care. He also found that "one in 10 time sensitive appointments were not booked within time frames recommended by health care providers." Secretary Shulkin called these issues "chronic problems" and admitted that they "have harmed veterans and their families [4]."

That is a far cry from the motto spoken by Abraham Lincoln, and it is completely unacceptable for our veterans. The brave men and women who served in the military put their lives at risk to protect our country, and back here at home they have to keep fighting just to get decent medical care.

This cannot be allowed to go on any longer. Our veterans deserve the very best care available. President Trump has promised to fix the VA and make our veterans a priority, but little progress has been made so far. It's time to fix these problems once and for all.

Sign the Petition to make your voice heard that the VA needs fixing now, and that President Trump and his administration need to be held accountable to giving our veterans the care they deserve!

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President Donald Trump:

The Department of Veterans Affairs exists in order to – in some small measure – begin repaying the debt we owe the men and women of the Armed Forces for their service and sacrifice. Our veterans deserve the best we can give them, from respect to opportunities to healthcare.

Unfortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs has for years now been riddled with bureaucratic impediments, scandals, and problems that have left our veterans without care, and in some cases even dying because of it. A study in 2015 by the VA Office of Research and Development showed that only 47 percent of veterans "trust the VA to fulfill our country's commitment to Veterans."

When the same issues that have plagued the department for years keep coming back, only half of our veterans even trust the department that is supposed to support them, and veterans are dying because they cannot get the care they need, it is obvious that something needs to be done; and our veterans need that to happen right away.

From the backlogged applications for disability benefits to outsourcing at the Veterans Crisis Hotline to a lack of timely access to healthcare, the systemic problems of the VA must be fixed immediately.

During your campaign for the Presidency, and continued since you took office, you have repeatedly promised to support our veterans and prioritize VA reform measures. Some positive steps have been taken, but progress is too slow. When it comes to the health and lives of our veterans, we cannot afford a day's delay.

At the very least, our veterans need to be able to see a doctor when they need to without waiting, be able to talk to qualified personnel 24/7 if they are having suicidal thoughts, and be informed of their benefits by a transparent department dedicated only to helping veterans.

Working together with VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, I ask that you keep your promises, hold the VA accountable for taking care of our veterans, and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs so that the nearly nine million veterans who depend on it are able to get the quality care they need when they need it.


Petition Signatures

Sep 22, 2017 Tanya Teneyuque
Sep 22, 2017 Lynn Laupheimer
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Anna Bergalis Respect and help veterans
Sep 22, 2017 Bonnie Hearthstone
Sep 22, 2017 Joshua Smith I have a va disability claim for schizoaffective disorder and ptsd cause of MST that is in the appeals process which it says appeal pending which has been that way for a long time. The va received my appeal on October 1, 2015. This is unacceptable.
Sep 22, 2017 Edyth Hutton
Sep 22, 2017 KP Power
Sep 22, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Sep 22, 2017 Jennifer Johnson
Sep 22, 2017 Arnold Cabral Hired at least one at any Veteran Medical Center a Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist that know how to put in G4implants.
Sep 22, 2017 Michelle Henderson
Sep 22, 2017 Nanette Silva This is the very least we can do for the brave and selfless men and women who fight to keep all of us free.
Sep 22, 2017 Arthur Sumrall
Sep 22, 2017 Sheila Doss Our Vets deserve so much more than what they are getting. When will things go back to the way they used to be when this country respected our Service men and women for their service and sacrifices they made.
Sep 22, 2017 Mariya Belova
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2017 Ann Slaton
Sep 21, 2017 Jackie Stone
Sep 21, 2017 Ana Costa
Sep 21, 2017 Jean Sunderland
Sep 21, 2017 Kate Lecours
Sep 21, 2017 Sandra McMichaels
Sep 21, 2017 Arnold Cabral Disabled Veterans should get the G4implants for free by a Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist
Sep 21, 2017 Craig Munro
Sep 21, 2017 Lynn Martin
Sep 21, 2017 Tracy Davis
Sep 21, 2017 Louise Espinoza
Sep 21, 2017 R.A. Dayton
Sep 21, 2017 Gayle Goedhart
Sep 21, 2017 jennifer marciano
Sep 21, 2017 diana Parker One would hope that someone who has suffered through the horrors of having a toe problem, and bravely slogged through the terrors of having unprotected sex might think of their "fellow veterans" without millions of dollars of daddy's money for support.
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 Allison Taylor
Sep 20, 2017 Wendy Cohoe
Sep 20, 2017 Jeanne Switzer
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 Joann Field
Sep 20, 2017 John Rumery jr
Sep 20, 2017 Tammy Whitehead
Sep 20, 2017 Douglas Durham
Sep 20, 2017 Margaret Wander Bonanno
Sep 20, 2017 Katherine Loerch
Sep 20, 2017 Barbara Santoro
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 S Strand
Sep 20, 2017 DAVE CURRY
Sep 20, 2017 Emmanuel Xerias
Sep 20, 2017 Margit Steidl these veterans need care as well

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