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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

Jul 17, 2018 maria gregory
Jul 16, 2018 Renee Pless
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 Pauline Thomasson
Jul 15, 2018 Cara Gregory
Jul 12, 2018 DIANE HEIMAN
Jul 12, 2018 Rob Smiley If there ever was a need for an "Undercover Boss" episode, this is it! You don't have to be a doctor or nurse to see this is government at it's worst. I know, I've worked in government and had family members that were in combat.
Jul 11, 2018 tharinee pongchaiyapoom
Jul 11, 2018 payonsuk konsup
Jul 11, 2018 Erica Brinker
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 Liz Eviston
Jul 10, 2018 Rhana Wyble
Jul 10, 2018 K. Allen
Jul 10, 2018 Julie Cannon
Jul 10, 2018 Betty McCarthy
Jul 9, 2018 Mary Ingram
Jul 9, 2018 Toni Tempel Navarro Truly fixing the VA would be the best promise for 45 to keep. Sadly, it has never seemed to be a priority beyond the campaign promises. Following through on this would make an actual positive difference in the lives of Americans who deserve our very best.
Jul 9, 2018 melody wolfe
Jul 9, 2018 Polina Plisova
Jul 7, 2018 Amanda Vermillion
Jul 7, 2018 Carol Cameron
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2018 Laura Pariani
Jul 7, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Jul 7, 2018 Allison Sandvig
Jul 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2018 Gladys Prevatt
Jul 6, 2018 Mariam Andalibi
Jul 6, 2018 Caring Soul
Jul 6, 2018 Kirstin Cender So needed. VA has been my family, and they have been my enemy. I believe many veterans with no other support to heal can relate. I choose better care now.
Jul 6, 2018 Ronald Goldsby
Jul 6, 2018 Piper Burch
Jul 6, 2018 Linda Huddleston I am a disabled veteran and there needs to be a whole lot of reform and restructure of the VA.
Jul 6, 2018 Jocelyn Warburton
Jul 6, 2018 Bert Richardson
Jul 6, 2018 Ana Mendes
Jul 6, 2018 Melody Modica
Jul 5, 2018 Karen Rowe Please fix the VA..
Jul 5, 2018 Anne Corrigan
Jul 5, 2018 Felicia DuvalP Please help our veterans! The VA hospitals need a complete overhaul. Our vets are getting substandard health care.
Jul 5, 2018 David Koshalek Please help us Vietnam vets and any other vets!!!!!!!!!
Jul 5, 2018 Cathy koch Please help treat our veterans with the respect they deserve.
Jul 5, 2018 Maria Veronica Yzeta address this now, we deserve better treatment and care r
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed) Veteran's Lives Matter
Jul 5, 2018 Rachel Gonzalez
Jul 5, 2018 tanya guchi

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