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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

Feb 18, 2018 Randall Bong
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Little Our veterans should get whatever they need ASAP with out any red tape or bureaucratic BS.Veterans over immigrants always.They should always come first.
Feb 15, 2018 pamela fosky
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Also do not private. but hace option for certain things treated and test at local area medical at Va expense when needed right away,such as blood work and xays.
Feb 14, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Feb 14, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Feb 14, 2018 Walter Leitenberger ALl Vietnam veterans should receive agent orange benefits
Feb 14, 2018 Dana Kuehl
Feb 14, 2018 Tonie Harrison They all deserve a bettter life than what they are getting, please help.
Feb 14, 2018 alan sykes I am a veteran,and hope we can fix these problems for all or vets!
Feb 14, 2018 Juan Alicea
Feb 14, 2018 Bobbi Flanagan our vetrans deserve more than what you are giving them, Mr. President. Treat those who served, so that your kind can hold political office, alone.
Feb 14, 2018 Dana Prosser
Feb 14, 2018 Sherrie Ansell We need to take care of the brave men & women who suppprt & protect us. We are privileged to live in the US.
Feb 13, 2018 JoAnn Loomis
Feb 13, 2018 Doradean Correia
Feb 13, 2018 Anita Hester
Feb 13, 2018 jill stanley
Feb 13, 2018 Carolyn Ewy Thank you, Regina Garcia @ the Bob Dole Veteran's Administration in Wichita, KS... You are absolutely outstanding... You worked diligently to get me the news I have been waiting to hear... My appeal is this year, 2018, instead of 3 to 6 years, and it is a
Feb 13, 2018 Rochelle Cullers
Feb 13, 2018 Laura Miller
Feb 12, 2018 MICHAEL Sonlight
Feb 12, 2018 Taylor Tanner
Feb 12, 2018 Jim Watkins
Feb 12, 2018 Karen Watkins Despite progress since you took office, a remaining issue is approval or lack thereof of medication prescribed by an outside specialist. VA pharmacy in Jackson, MS jerked my husband around for weeks before denial/substitution of less-effective medication.
Feb 12, 2018 Czora Pagsolingan
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Feb 12, 2018 Ginger Gorum
Feb 12, 2018 Mark Lungo
Feb 12, 2018 Allison Pierce
Feb 12, 2018 Denise Guth
Feb 12, 2018 Michelle Santhanam It is our duty to give our best to the men and women that gave us their best.
Feb 12, 2018 Michelle Haag
Feb 12, 2018 Lynne Lerner
Feb 12, 2018 Sandra Wilson Thank you for finally giving our Vets a pay raise, but please stop cutting their benefits!! They promise to offer up the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to keep us safe. The very least we can do is give them the very best care money can buy !
Feb 12, 2018 Anne Sims
Feb 12, 2018 Marie Walker
Feb 12, 2018 Bernice Precourt
Feb 12, 2018 VICTOR NAHMIAS I am a Veteran and I want my brothers & sisters who are veterans to be Taken care as soon as possible.
Feb 12, 2018 Susan Rubin
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Doris Owens Our veterans deserve to be taken care of. They were wounded in the line of duty and should have medical and dental care when needed.
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) The Veteran's deserve our country's best, make it right NOW!
Feb 12, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Feb 12, 2018 PATRICIA PUCKETT We as a country need to do everything we can to take care of the men & women who fought for us so we can have the freedoms we have today...WHATEVER IT TAKES!
Feb 12, 2018 Debbie Collins
Feb 12, 2018 Jackie Ewing
Feb 12, 2018 Lynn Curry Do not go to war, if you will not take care of VETERANS!
Feb 12, 2018 Toni Robb

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