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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

Dec 11, 2017 Donna Jay
Dec 10, 2017 Deborah Scales These are the men and women that fought hard for this country and rhey deserve everything that will make their life GOOD FOR THEM so they dont. Worry about things that they have too. They come first.
Dec 10, 2017 Thomas Ballard Drain the Swamp 😡
Dec 9, 2017 Marley Mcdermott
Dec 9, 2017 Candi Fultz
Dec 8, 2017 Monique Lightner
Dec 8, 2017 Jan Marek
Dec 8, 2017 Federica Bracciotti
Dec 7, 2017 Karen Aiken
Dec 7, 2017 Renee Bindler
Dec 7, 2017 adam carlson
Dec 7, 2017 Pj Hubbard
Dec 7, 2017 Donna Lewis
Dec 7, 2017 J Torres
Dec 7, 2017 lisa ditroia they fought for our country. they deserve so much more than they are given.
Dec 7, 2017 Caryl Speck
Dec 7, 2017 Shirley Shannahan
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) They served us, we need to serve them.
Dec 7, 2017 Sami Dachelet Please help our Heros. They deserve the best that we can give them.
Dec 7, 2017 Boyd Herrst I’m a outpatient of the VA and they are consistently moving clinics out of the VA med Ctr causing patients that used to take care of other sitreps(check on or make hearing aid appts or checking sleep clinic Appts. Or get accessories they need..
Dec 7, 2017 Durk Barton
Dec 7, 2017 Cindy Stein
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please honor your Veterans with improved facilities and services for them.
Dec 7, 2017 donna selquist
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 7, 2017 Lovia McMickell
Dec 7, 2017 Sherman Prince
Dec 7, 2017 Judith Preston Please honor our veterans
Dec 7, 2017 janet schmidtlein-sparling
Dec 7, 2017 Jo Andonie Please do not forget our Veterans who have given so much for the American people.
Dec 7, 2017 John Shea
Dec 7, 2017 Elizabeth Mackenzie Do not turn your backs on ANY VETERAN
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) help our vets now.........
Dec 7, 2017 Karen Nimmo It is a travesty to not honor the promises made to those who willingly served their country.
Dec 7, 2017 Frank McCoy
Dec 7, 2017 Lorel Kline
Dec 7, 2017 Linda Van Doren
Dec 7, 2017 Julie Alberts Our veterans deserve all benefits possible. They have earned the best assistance available in America.
Dec 7, 2017 Maureen Musselwhite
Dec 7, 2017 Peggy Roe
Dec 7, 2017 Henry Kellner The veterans need better health care the wait time is terrible you need to make the choice program needs to be easy to use
Dec 7, 2017 Jeanne Ghareeb
Dec 7, 2017 BRENDA Lee Our brave men & women have served to protect all of us. This is unfair to them to not get the care that they need.
Dec 7, 2017 James Caudill
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please do whatever is necessary for The Department of Veterans Affairs to clean house and take care of our Veterans the way they should be cared for.
Dec 7, 2017 Susan Plunkett They deserve better.
Dec 7, 2017 Lawrence Gerson

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