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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.


Petition Signatures

Apr 25, 2018 Andrea Aguilar
Apr 25, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 24, 2018 Karen Mueller
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Joy Cogburn It's way past time that something was done about their poor health care. They have given the largest sacrifice if all. On one should have to wait as much as 60 days to receive health care. This matter needs immediate attention, America should be ashame
Apr 21, 2018 Maureen Cunningham
Apr 20, 2018 Cynthia Koch
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) A year has gone by and I am back to square 1, with a benign tumor in my right ear. This is ridiculous.
Apr 18, 2018 Martina Clerici
Apr 17, 2018 Juanita Bittle
Apr 17, 2018 Karen McMurray
Apr 16, 2018 Debbie Kelly
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Is a disgrace that we are not taking care of our Vets. SHAME ON THE VA
Apr 14, 2018 Tommy Galia I'm a Vietnam Veteran and I also have had my disibilitie claims denied. Makes me puke
Apr 14, 2018 Diane Isch
Apr 14, 2018 george lewis
Apr 14, 2018 Susan Palmer
Apr 14, 2018 John McGuire “To bind up the Nation’s wounds.” These are more than the hallowed words of Abraham Lincoln, they are a call to action, an indictment of a nation that cares more for profit than the promises made to veterans.
Apr 14, 2018 Erika Somlai
Apr 14, 2018 Terri Balcom Long overdue!!
Apr 14, 2018 amrita biswas
Apr 13, 2018 Robin Brown
Apr 13, 2018 Shirley Rohrbach
Apr 13, 2018 Allen Olson
Apr 13, 2018 Salvador Gonzales
Apr 13, 2018 John Morlock
Apr 13, 2018 Becky Mastoras
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Rory Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Donita Lowrey
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Beverly Ganzak
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) All of our Veterans deserve the best in all that they need.
Apr 13, 2018 kevin juniper
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Karen Hammed I have had the same problem but with the choice program that was supposed to relieve that problem. There is a toll free number that veterans can use that President Trump established to hear from the veteran about the VA, I had a positive response w/i 24
Apr 13, 2018 L Dufresne NOW!
Apr 13, 2018 Tori Osgood
Apr 13, 2018 Bonni Fox
Apr 12, 2018 Victoria Peyser
Apr 12, 2018 Ronald Brown
Apr 12, 2018 Susan Region
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2018 Kathryn Gard
Apr 12, 2018 Douglas Kirby And I have been denied benefits also let’s go get this right
Apr 12, 2018 Phyllis Cox 20-year USN, that endured SEXUAL harassment AND "racial discrimination"...given 10% and DENIED an increase. HELP for 100% will be greatly appreciated and its much needed. Thank you in advance.

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