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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

Mar 23, 2018 Jane Rigney
Mar 23, 2018 Charles Silk We need our President to fix and Help our Veterans. A Vietnam Vet
Mar 22, 2018 Kevin Phillips
Mar 21, 2018 helen buchanan
Mar 21, 2018 Jean Heisler
Mar 21, 2018 Tara Verbridge
Mar 19, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Marilyn Turney
Mar 15, 2018 Carol Archinal
Mar 14, 2018 K Cherry
Mar 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) Our vets deserve the best of everything. I should not have to ask you for this respect for them after all they have given for us.
Mar 13, 2018 Mary Wilson
Mar 13, 2018 Laurie Donahou This shouldn't even be a question but a definite when it's broke "fit it." Everyone expects good health care from their doctor's, hospital's etc...fix it!
Mar 11, 2018 Crystal Vallotton More doctors. Equals more Vets being attended to. Also less deman Don Doc to perform with such case loads.
Mar 10, 2018 C ADAMS
Mar 10, 2018 Brittany Hensley
Mar 10, 2018 Brian Kelly
Mar 10, 2018 Marcus Payne
Mar 10, 2018 Beatrice Costagliola How long must we wait for the justice due our veterans?
Mar 10, 2018 p perry
Mar 10, 2018 peggy williams
Mar 10, 2018 Georgia Kellers
Mar 10, 2018 Suzanne Westgaard It is long past time that the DVA does what it's supposed to do: HELP VETERANS! The way our veterans are treated is a disgrace.
Mar 10, 2018 Mary Williams-Fields There's nothing that is "enough" to repay our veterans. They deserve the best in benefits and health care. The DVA should do everything to help our vets not hinder and contribute to their despair. Dump would know that if he had served.
Mar 10, 2018 Heidi Steffy
Mar 10, 2018 MB Summers Help our veterans NOW. The current state of the VA is an embarrassment.
Mar 10, 2018 Laurie Ivanhoe All military men and women, active or retired, should have without cost or worry to have their health and welfare provided. There should NEVER be any question or delay in providing this care. Stop!!! the red tape and delays.
Mar 10, 2018 Jessica Schrier
Mar 10, 2018 MAUREEN KENNY this awful treatment of the men and women, who risked their lives so the rest of us can live in peace, is a travesty ! the VA system needs to be fixed NOW !
Mar 10, 2018 David Markham My clinic is the very worst, it takes me over 90 day for an appointment, if I'm lucky. I am in fear for my life when I go to any VA clinic, or hospital.
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) GET THIS DONE!!!
Mar 10, 2018 Jeanne Rothwarf
Mar 10, 2018 Shari Bradley Instead of spending money on an experience, such as a military parade, we should spend it one the people who have given us the freedoms we enjoy.
Mar 10, 2018 Martha Hardison I am a Vet and they are cutting my disability. Unfair!!!
Mar 10, 2018 Patricia Murphy
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 LINDA MacNeill My husband put 4 years in the Army in the 60's. He became disabled and started going to the VA in about 2005. To date he has not had a physical. We had to get our own specialists on the outside and pay for them only on Medicare. The VA is not doing muc
Mar 10, 2018 Rosalind Katz
Mar 10, 2018 Pegi Chase
Mar 10, 2018 Taleana Wilson I too am a veteran suffering.
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Mylene Briones Clean out the Memphis VA of corrupt and LAZY management and staff. The corrupt DBC secret committee. Do Not put more federal money in a new system to fix the old systems that were put in place to fix an older system.
Mar 10, 2018 Maria Gomez
Mar 10, 2018 Thomas Oakley Just maybe it is time for the vets to form their own political party. Seems neither one is fixing the problem at the va.
Mar 10, 2018 Christina Ponder
Mar 10, 2018 Gail Deutsch
Mar 10, 2018 Star Jackson Please help all veterans. They served their country now they need their country to serve them, by taking care of them and making them a priority. Just because they are injured in any way, or not injured at all, they deserve the same care as any American.
Mar 10, 2018 Susan Kepner America has let it's Vets down!! Time to really help them-no parades or photo ops. Send them some good doctors and make their hospitals the best in the nation!

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