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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 ย– in some small measure ย– 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

Jun 21, 2018 Victoria Finklea
Jun 20, 2018 Valerie Longo
Jun 19, 2018 Roxanne Asel
Jun 19, 2018 Felipe Auguto de Menossi
Jun 18, 2018 Dale Mellis
Jun 18, 2018 janet uffer
Jun 18, 2018 Matthew Jones
Jun 17, 2018 Roger Parker
Jun 17, 2018 Elizabeth McLeod
Jun 17, 2018 Sophie Benger
Jun 17, 2018 Julia Boudreau
Jun 16, 2018 Don Grable
Jun 16, 2018 Rose Leidolph
Jun 16, 2018 Artem Vyzhenko
Jun 16, 2018 Lynn Brown
Jun 16, 2018 Bruna Santin
Jun 15, 2018 Elizabeth Khouri
Jun 15, 2018 Donna Ventola
Jun 15, 2018 John Ogea
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) My Veteran father deals with these prolonged wait times on a regular basis.The VA healthcare system is in our experience, the slowest one among other government healthcare services.
Jun 15, 2018 Roberta Stephan
Jun 15, 2018 April Carty Palmer
Jun 15, 2018 Nancy Wilson
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Sheila Cowden
Jun 14, 2018 Mary Hicks I think it is cruel what those people do.let them walk a mile in their shoes
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Carol Lowe
Jun 14, 2018 Bambi Magie
Jun 14, 2018 Hope Wessel
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please to help our Veterans!
Jun 14, 2018 Kathleen Kopp
Jun 14, 2018 patti smith Of all citizens who deserve excellent care, veterans are at the top of the list!
Jun 14, 2018 Donna Arnold
Jun 14, 2018 Melanie Blank
Jun 14, 2018 Tiffany Ash
Jun 14, 2018 Donald DavisSr
Jun 14, 2018 jeanie meyer
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Judith Darling
Jun 14, 2018 Anselmo Tadeo
Jun 14, 2018 Sarah Scheutzow
Jun 14, 2018 Terri Tadeo
Jun 14, 2018 Pat Souders
Jun 14, 2018 LINDA COHEN
Jun 14, 2018 Paul Deutsch 3 Years to get into a variety nursing home the person is 93 years old dose he have 3 years?This just one that I know he was ww2 vet.
Jun 14, 2018 Ronald Guglielmino I am an Air Force veteran and have used the VA for decades. The VA has a lot of problems that need to be prioritized and FIXED NOW !!! I wrote a letter to the VA Secretary and Trump back in February signed by 60 other veterans which has been ignored...
Jun 14, 2018 Sue Oakes These brave veterans deserve the best care!
Jun 14, 2018 Candy Grant How many of us are BRAVE enough to even enter the military? The DVA is abusing the privilege of assisting our veterans, shame on all who are involved!
Jun 14, 2018 Marion Ortega Their care show be as much of a priority as putting out a forest fire!๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโค๏ธ๐Ÿ•Š

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