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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

Oct 23, 2017 Veronica Galarza
Oct 23, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 21, 2017 Rhonda Carsten
Oct 20, 2017 Meggie Tryon
Oct 17, 2017 Janice Sprow There is no legitimate excuse for the VA failing to provide adequate care to veterans. Veterans should be receiving top notch timely care.
Oct 16, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Oct 16, 2017 Jimmy Jones
Oct 16, 2017 Diana Talbott
Oct 16, 2017 Dawn Field
Oct 15, 2017 Carol Howard Our veterans should come first in everything. they have risked their lives and limbs for what freedom we have left only because of them. no veteran should go hungry or homeless. God is angry about this. Amen!
Oct 15, 2017 Dawn McBee
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 15, 2017 Geri Hunter
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Orva M Gullett
Oct 15, 2017 Lenore Solomon
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 susan munro
Oct 11, 2017 David Bott
Oct 11, 2017 Judith Carlson
Oct 10, 2017 Ronald McClure
Oct 10, 2017 Yanky Ng
Oct 10, 2017 Priscilla Lai
Oct 10, 2017 Julia Villafuerte
Oct 10, 2017 Luiza Rangel
Oct 10, 2017 Thomas Rangel
Oct 10, 2017 Kiku Rangel
Oct 10, 2017 Georgina Rangel
Oct 10, 2017 Ludwig Rangel
Oct 10, 2017 Thomas St. Laurent
Oct 9, 2017 Nancy Hull
Oct 9, 2017 James Deep
Oct 9, 2017 Loli Diaz
Oct 9, 2017 Christina Gardner
Oct 9, 2017 Peggy Heim
Oct 9, 2017 Erin Kegel
Oct 9, 2017 Barbara James
Oct 9, 2017 Darci Rudolph Veterans served our Country, I believe our Country should be serving them now!
Oct 9, 2017 Kellen Livingston
Oct 8, 2017 Alice Jacobson
Oct 8, 2017 Linda Conefrey
Oct 8, 2017 Marion Friedl
Oct 7, 2017 Paul Smith
Oct 7, 2017 Peggy Craig Please help veterans!
Oct 7, 2017 Victoria Karcs
Oct 7, 2017 patricia Delacruz
Oct 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
Oct 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) Sad to see this our veterans deserve the best...
Oct 6, 2017 paula keenum

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