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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 10,638
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

Aug 14, 2018 Philip Henke
Aug 14, 2018 jocely,e coenart
Aug 12, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Aug 7, 2018 Glenda Young
Aug 7, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Aug 7, 2018 Tammy Jeter
Aug 6, 2018 rebecca Beals
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2018 Catherine Burrows Hire more veterans as staff and get rid of bullies that affect hard working va employees and veterans who deserve much treatment.
Jul 30, 2018 Linda Anthony my father passed because VA hospital deemed he was re-habitable, and now his family is in serious danger of losing roof over their heads!!!!!
Jul 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) I can believe that there more than 100,000 veterans who are getting help!!!! they fought and got hurt and nothing is done to help them. What a shame!!!!!
Jul 29, 2018 Angela Tafoya
Jul 29, 2018 Sloane Miller
Jul 28, 2018 Alan Simon
Jul 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2018 Lynn Pascente
Jul 28, 2018 Susan Beebe My son is a patient of the VA in Tampa & isn't getting the proper medical care he needs. This has been going on since he came back from Desert Storm and there is no end in sight. I fight for him but his doctors think I am an interfering old woman. Help!
Jul 28, 2018 Mary Nieto My husband was a 100% disabled marine. The VA treated him like dirt! He passed away from Agent Orange! It was so sad!! Made nasty remarks bout his heritage! Called him a liar! He was shot thru the heart in 1966 I have papers from the Marine Corp and VA t
Jul 28, 2018 Teresa Smith
Jul 28, 2018 Merry Hess
Jul 28, 2018 Katherine Fowler
Jul 28, 2018 Sylvia Seagle
Jul 28, 2018 John Mackay 22 years active duty. One of the lucky ones as I am doing O.K. I drive for the DAV and see my fellow vets that weren't as lucky. We owe them, nuff said.
Jul 28, 2018 Ron Amos Please Help!
Jul 28, 2018 Susan Schairer You seem to be good at cleaning house in all the departments of government--now do it for the Veterans Hospitals!
Jul 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2018 Lisa Leos
Jul 28, 2018 linde myers
Jul 28, 2018 Penny Fredrickson Please don't let my husband die from lack of care at the VA. He's over 70 now and feels like they think he's a waste of time.
Jul 28, 2018 nina palmieri
Jul 28, 2018 Patricia Carcasses
Jul 28, 2018 john sweeney
Jul 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2018 Debra Haefner
Jul 28, 2018 Thelma Glass I'm a USAF Veteran and our Veterans deserve looking after. Especially those wounded by war.
Jul 28, 2018 Beverly Sarchett
Jul 28, 2018 bev boykan
Jul 28, 2018 Naoma Hess
Jul 28, 2018 Barbara Cain
Jul 28, 2018 Debra Greenley
Jul 28, 2018 Rita Campos
Jul 28, 2018 Carolyn Turner
Jul 28, 2018 Deborah Brothers Please take care of those that protect our country
Jul 28, 2018 K.J. Herson
Jul 28, 2018 Pamela Meador
Jul 28, 2018 sammia Panciocco The VA is evil! Shame on them! I have lost another dear friend because the VA dropped the ball again! Our service men are dying~It happens over and over! Yes, money is the root of all evil! These people who have lived and died for our freedom !
Jul 28, 2018 Bonnie Andrews It is about time that SOMEONE start showing OUR PEOPLE in THIS COUNTRY the respect and benefits deserve instead of OTHER COUNTRIES!!! We have just as most need here as they do and should be our TOP PRIORITY.
Jul 28, 2018 karen wolf
Jul 28, 2018 Claudia Davis
Jul 28, 2018 Josiane DE ANGELIS

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