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Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 24, 2018 Gail Caswell
May 23, 2018 Sue Tinkle These vets and their families have sacrificed enough for their country. They should not have to sacrifice again due to bad medical care. It is shameful that they are not getting the quality care they deserve. Fix the VA!
May 23, 2018 David Dean
May 23, 2018 Trevor Cooper
May 23, 2018 Gail Grobbelaar
May 23, 2018 Shane Dean
May 23, 2018 Karen Multer
May 23, 2018 Marcella Banegas
May 22, 2018 Jami Pillow
May 22, 2018 Patti Mealy
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 19, 2018 Teri Boots
May 16, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 15, 2018 Kathy Huddleston
May 14, 2018 Donald Martin
May 10, 2018 Andrew Conarty
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 8, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 8, 2018 Albert Tipton I fought in this war and know first hand the damage that's done to me and others.
May 8, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 8, 2018 Laurie Munoz
May 8, 2018 Marion Barbour
May 7, 2018 Dianne Brekhus
May 5, 2018 Linda Wilson Abraham Lincoln was a wise man and spoke true words!
May 5, 2018 Anita Hoos
May 4, 2018 Rob Dexter
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 2, 2018 William Ronald
May 2, 2018 Christie Rawls
May 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 2, 2018 Andries Grobbelaar
May 2, 2018 Joseph Marotta Power hungry treating soldiers like a human grocery store Aint that fresh. I don't need your VA war ! Get your ship straight or no one will want to use your services !
May 2, 2018 Christine Maidl
May 2, 2018 Barbara Boyle Please take care of our Service Men, and Women, they truly deserve it!
May 2, 2018 Norma Sutcliffe
May 2, 2018 Patricia Denton
May 2, 2018 Patti Clark
May 2, 2018 Naomi Klass
May 2, 2018 Signe Woodin The state of the Department of Veterans Affairs is a disgrace.
May 2, 2018 Mary Morris We owe everything to these people.
May 2, 2018 Latricia Vaughn My brother had a knee replacement, & the dr. left on vacation the next day WITHOUT givine him pain meds!!! As if he hasn't suffered enough PTSD from Viet Nam, now this outrageous neglect!! FIX IT NOW!!
May 2, 2018 Edgar Locklear
May 2, 2018 MARIE FLESZAR Fix the VA now!
May 2, 2018 Sherri Bryant
May 2, 2018 Tonie Dalton It is a disgrace the way we treat our vets. My dad was one, as is my son. Charging them so health service is a sin. Fix it, and fix the fact they have to pay.
May 2, 2018 (Name not displayed) this is crazy we are conflict veterans with issues and still cant get the help we deserve its got to change we should not have to pay a lawyer to get what we have sacrificed our lives for we will not give up!!!!!!!!!!
May 1, 2018 Catherine Sowder As the daughter of a (now deceased) disabled vet, it's disgraceful what the VA has become. We constantly hear politicians claiming patriotism & asking for more money for the military, but still neglecting those who served.

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