Petition Tag - military

1. Restore the American Flag to the Civil Air Patrol Uniform

http://capnhq.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2682/~/us-flag-being-removed-from-the-bdus-and-blue-field-uniform

In reference to The National Uniform Committee of the US Civil Air Patrol HQ's decision to remove the USA Flag emblem from field uniforms, we determine that the duty of CAP is to foster patriotism to the United States of America among its cadets and civilians. Honoring our flag is consistent with the patriotism the cadets express in their service to their country. Furthermore, the cadets are proud to display the flag on their uniform and find do not find it inconvenient. CAP is comprised of those who willingly volunteer their time and effort to help their communities and nation, Thus, displaying the flag is considered an honor that should supersede any concern for strict USAF compliance and hypothetical points of contention.

2. Armed Forces Discount at CINEWORLD, Nationwide!

It has been noted that some branches of Cineworld Cinemas offer a very healthy discount for our Armed Forces members and this is great.

It is highly disappointing though that some store managers reserve their right to refuse Armed Forces discount even though they have a close proximity to large Military Establishments. A prime example is the disparity between Didcot branch who offers the discount, THANKYOU DIDCOT CINEWORLD! and the nearby branch of Witney in Oxfordshire, a town served by RAF Brize Norton, which refuses to offer discounts to HM Forces personnel.

We would like Cineworld to extend their discount across the board to all member of the Armed Forces , NHS and Emergency Services.

Please sign below if you agree !

3. The right for Veterans who have an honorable discharge to be able to shop at the Exchange and Commissary

We don't think that it is right that we have served our Country and just because we didn't retire from the military that we don't have rights to the Exchange or the Commissary.

If a Veteran has an Honorable Discharge they should be able to still have those privileges.

4. For Dennis. Let Veterans get Veterans Day off of work

After speaking with my friend this morning, it was brought to my attention that not all veterans get Veterans Day off of work. I find this completely unacceptable and I would like your help.

Please sign this petition and share it if you believe that ALL veterans deserve to have Veterans day off, regardless of their place of employment, to reflect on their duty to our country.

5. Offer Cheaper Car Transport Services for Our Military

The Objective: To ask that shipping companies provide more affordable automobile transportation services to our military service members.

The Problem: Our military families often move to many different duty stations through the U.S. and even though their household goods are often taken care of by the military, which most definitely helps with some of the tension and the expense of going through one of their many moves, our service men and women must either drive or ship their own vehicles across the country.

Usually, most families own more than one vehicle and this further adds to the pressure of moving their cars across the country, not to mention the stress.

6. Support Veterans with TBI and TBS who should not be called "DERANGED" by the Media

Approximately two (2) weeks ago, on a CNN segment hosted by Poppy Harlow a panel of so-called experts were discussing the shooting death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott shot and killed by Charlotte, NC Police. One of the experts was a legal analyst named Paul Callan. The point was brought out by either the Host Poppy Harlow or someone on the Panel, that Mr. Scott's wife could be heard on the video which had just been released by the Police saying to the police "he won't hurt you he has "TBI" and he just took his medicine"! As they went around the panel getting their comments as to how the police handled the situation, Paul Callan said: "Poppy the larger question as far as I'm concerned, is how does a "DERANGED" individual get a gun"? He went directly from TBI to "DERANGED"! Poppy Harlow nor anyone else on the panel corrected him! No one! Now more than any other time with the high rate of suicide, this issue must be understood! Anyone who suffers from PTSD or TBI , Military or not should be respected! They are NOT "D-E-R-A-N-G-E-D"!

CNN HAS TO TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST PAUL CALLAN AND ANY OTHER PERSON IN THEIR EMPLOY THAT USES SUCH FOUL LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES !

7. New Command and Conquer game, New Story... XBOX ONE

Successful Franchise, Undervalued... It's time!

8. San Diego Police Department: Reopen Justin E. Lenoir's Missing Person's Case

A ripple effect has occurred and must be corrected.

Justin E. Lenoir's missing person's case file has been closed by the San Diego Police Dpt. This in turn has also closed his NAMUS (National Adult Missing & Unidentified) case file. He has also been removed from California's missing person database.

Please help me correct this because Justin has not been found.

9. Allow military service dogs to return home with their handlers

The military is giving away service dogs and not allowing them to go home with their handlers when term of duty is over.

These dogs deserve to be with the ones they have served with. Some of them suffer from ptsd. I don't see why the military think they have an arbitrary right to give these dogs to friends or people of influence.

These dogs are not jeeps or guns or ordinance they have life and have served well and deserve to retire with the people that love them and have taken care of them.

10. Clear the Battlefield: Save Allepo and Protect our Troops

As service members, veterans and their loved ones; we believe clearing the battlefield of people who are fleeing war and war like atrocities is our patriotic duty. We believe that our troops don't suffer from PTSD when they are confident the target is a confirmed terrorists. We believe it's the uncertainty that causes traumatic stress.

Many of us have seen, first hand, the terror inflicted by the enemies we have been sent to eliminate. We have also witnessed, with horror, the enemy using innocent life to shield their own. Many of us will live with those images for the remainder of our days and it will be our loved ones, not Congress, who comfort us.

Sign here to tell the President of the United States that you support our troops by clearing the battlefield of innocent civilians so they can do their job.

Sign here to tell the world that you know the difference between terrorists and the terrorized.

Sign here if you believe clearing the battlefield of innocent civilians is important to our troops as is clearing it of roadside bombs.

11. Help Our Veterans First

As a country we are doing amazing things in helping refugees from Syria, the Middle East, and almost any country that seeks aid regarding this matter. However we disregard our Veterans the help they need when they get home. As a country we do not even know how many homeless Veterans there actually are.

We are not helping them but rather putting 10.5 million towards Syrian refugees without looking at the domestic issue of our Veteran affairs first. These men and women gave their lives for country, our freedom, to protect our way of life. Then when they come home, we treat them like their expendable pawns in a chess game.

Human lives cannot be valued, before we look to help other countries, we should look to our own. We should support our Veterans heavily as prized members of our society, understanding without a doubt that they are the heroes of the world.

12. Petition to force presidential candidates to specifically address the reality of Veteran Suicide

According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health ("Estimating the Risk of Suicide Among US Veterans," Kaplan et al.), an estimated 5,000 veterans die by suicide each year. The VA's Suicide Data Report, 2012 found a higher figure, 22 suicides per pay, or 8,000 per year. The VA study also recorded 11,000 non-fatal suicide attempts a year.

A 2007 study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that male veterans are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to commit suicide.

50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment....out of the half that seek treatment, only half of them get "minimally adequate" treatment.

Fact is this is a topic where studies, or reports, or panels need not apply. Losing even one soldier at home due to lack of available care is appalling. With a federal budget of 3.5 trillion dollars, our military should not have to suffer a lack of care. If you can send our friends and family to risk death, you can do what is necessary to protect and care for them at home.

13. Take down the facebook page, "Military Parents abuse their Children"

I'm an army wife! I have an amazing husband and 3 beautiful kids! I don't abuse my kids! I have many friends that serve that feel this page is attacking our families with no actual proof!

No matter how much we try to show facebook that the page, "Military Parents abuse their Children", is offensive they are not listening!

Help us show them that this page is attacking our soldiers for events not even proven, and that we will not allow this on our watch!

Check it out yourself at facebook.

If you read this you will see how many people are offended by this page!

14. Congressional Medal of Honor for Frank Ward Sr.

Frank G Ward Sr. saved the life of Teddy Roosevelt's son and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

His family has the orders but not the Medal. frank Jr. is not only my friend but a fellow Disabled American Veteran.

He served over 20 years in the Navy 17 on a ship.

He is in his Eighties now and it's time he gets His Dad's Medal.

15. Support Military Parking Privileges

I want the military to be able to park wherever they want.

They give us our freedom.

16. Bring back Our America

1-Prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

This amendment seems to have been forgotten.

17. The British government should give citizenship to British service veterans worldwide

This petition is to support fellow Service veterans who are in need of being a British national and to help attain this through the British government. I think service men and veterans and dependants who have served in the British military deserve better as they paid national insurance contributions and tax and paye.

In other countries like USA, Australia, France service personnel can get citizenship in those lands. What about those who served in UK?

18. Show Respect to our military and veterans and prisoners of war

I would like to see support for our American. Military both now and in the past with the veterans. Prisoners of war need to be included in this respect. I don't feel that any American should be degraded most importantly in this case a prisoner of war.

These are people who have given there appendages, there commitment to being in a volunteer service to Our Country.

I believe people should give RESPECT to each and every military persons past and present, especially those unfortunate enough to have become prisoners of war.

19. No Veteran Should Ever Die Due to Months-Long VA Health Care Delays

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May 5, 2014: The American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger today called for the resignations of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Under Secretary of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey. (Video and Text) And Concerned Veterans for America also, "fully supports American Legion call to fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki."


Although months-long delays causing deaths at some Veterans Administration (VA) Hospitals might seem like an impossibility to anyone who is unfamiliar with this issue, unfortunately it's not:

January 30, 2014



CNN has been investigating these life-threatening delays at some VA health care facilities for over a year now, and the above report (text included) is just one of a large number they have made. There have also been some reports by other news outlets, but they have been few and far between, so updates to this background section will probably all be from CNN. Here is their latest (text included):



And if CNN's reports aren't enough to tell you that the VA hasn't been aggressive enough in putting a stop to these life-threatening health care delays, then bear in mind that this is "an issue that has endured for more than a decade." (Army Times, on March 15, 2013)

Lastly, in case you might think it's unfair to single out the executive branch in this petition, take a look at how much the legislative branch's House Committee on Veterans' Affairs has already been doing to investigate, publicize, and correct this and other serious problems in the Veterans Administration. And to show just how little control a legislative committee can sometimes have over an executive branch department, look at this excerpt from their web site's Trials in Transparency page: "VA is currently sitting on nearly 100 separate requests for information made by the committee, some dating back more than a year."

Obviously, the time is long overdue for much more than investigations, news reports, congressional hearings, and speeches. It's time for the Obama Administration to put intense pressure on the Veterans Administration, and not to let up until the VA can certify that these life-threatening delays have been eliminated at every single one of its health care facilities!

[NOTE: The Veterans Administration was reformed and renamed the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1988, but its former title has been used here because that's how most veterans still refer to it in this author's experience.]

20. The United States government should endorse biological warfare

The United States government should endorse in the production, development, and stockpiling of biological weapons because of its role as the next great step in warfare and its detachment from the battlefield.

Not only for offensive purposes, but for defensive purposes as well, preferably in Fort Detrick, Maryland at USAMRIID.

21. Say No to changes to Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan

The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say.

The rules of engagement place the burden on U.S. air and ground troops to confirm with certainty that a Taliban fighter is armed before they can fire — even if they are 100 percent sure the target is the enemy.

In some cases, aerial gunships have been denied permission to fire even though they reported that targets on the move were armed.

22. Enhance Gun Control

You all know about the horrific event at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Need I say more?

We must do everything we can to stop massacres like this.

23. Stop military advances on Syria - Texas

The US government, along with the United Kingdom, are advancing a naval strikeforce and other military equipment and personnel towards Syria, in anticipation of a military engagement and this, regardless of international laws or any United Nations decree.

24. Stop live animal trauma training in the military

The killing of animals to make Australian Defence Force medicos battle-ready is a breach of national health guidelines, according to at least one welfare group.

In a letter to Defence Minister Stephen Smith, PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) says it is "of grave concern" that Australia's military has failed to adopt synthetic models that could save thousands of pigs, which are used in trauma training before being killed.

"These courses are considered essential to adequately prepare medical officers to deploy on ADF operations," the spokesman told AAP in a statement.

PETA claims Defence is not following guidelines published by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council by using live animals, and that research has found a simulated model provides outcomes superior to animal-based training.

Defence does not agree.

"Based upon the best scientific advice available, there remains a small number of circumstances where training of those who save the lives of critically-injured service personnel is best achieved through live tissue trauma training," the spokesman said.

"This training essentially concentrates on the first hour of emergency care post-event."

He added that the force has "reduced to the absolute minimum" the use of animals for medical training, and aims for further reductions.

PETA says "more modern" training technology has been adopted by the majority of NATO countries.

25. Freedom for West Papua

While everyone is encouraged to sign this petition, it was originally created to support action inspired by the eBook, Crying Freedom (previously called Vanishing Tribes) - an illustrated story written as a tribute to fifty years of peaceful resistance in West Papua. Further explanation is available on the website at cryingfreedom.org for those who wish to better understand the reason for this simple petition.

Please help us ask the United Nations to fulfill their historic duty to protect West Papuans from the current military occupation by Indonesia, and from the associated militarized commerce that is ravaging this precious land and its peoples to the point of total destruction.

This simple petition is supported by the following facts:

1. The right of self-determination is articulated in article 3 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
2. In May 2013, the UN General Assembly voted to place French Polynesia back on their list of territories to be decolonized;
3. West Papua was also on the decolonization list from 1994 to 1962, and was taken off in a way that violated indigenous and fundamental human rights;
4. West Papua clearly meets the UN list criteria set down in resolution 1541 (XV).

(If West Papua cannot be granted de facto independence and acknowledged as an existing country, we would hope that the region at least be re-instated on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, opened to journalists from any nation, and the people of West Papua finally be given their first real opportunity to vote in a referendum properly supervised by the UN under the auspices of UN-sponsored armed forces. See the many other petitions for West Papua asking for these kinds of outcomes.)

OK - here is the entire petition in one sentence:

26. Voice of the People: Stay out of Syria

The government is meant to reflect its people. How many, countless times have Americans said "What about us? Why do we have to be the ones to get involved?"

In America, we should focus on our own in-country affairs before funneling out money, weapons, and resources to a civil war. It is a "civil war" because it is far more complicated than a simple country uprising. There are too many variables that the government has not considered before taking rash action. With the rebel group linked to al-Qaeda, we should not get involved in their efforts.

If you know anything about the real Syrian people, you would know they would never support the public execution of children for "blasphemy". For all intents and purposes, America should not support an extremist rebel group.



Since unemployment and other serious issues still a major concern, we cannot go around policing every country. Leave our military defense as a DEFENSE.

American people, you have the right to voice your opinions.

27. Transfer military rape cases to civilian courts

There is little accountability in the military for sexual assaults. When people are found guilty they are often only given a slap on the wrist.

Very few accusations of rape in the military receive the proper attention and the problem is only getting worse.

28. Reject Renewed US Militarism in the Philippines

Allowing the US military presence in the Philippines has proved to be very detrimental to the country’s interests.

It has heavily militarized the Philippines!

Last year, a minimum of 70 US warships docked in Subic. And every year, around 100 US aircrafts use the runway in Clark. And these figures preclude those warships and aircrafts that go directly to Mindanao and Sulu where the US has three Task Forces of elite Special Forces.

This year, from January to March 18, warships docked in Manila, Subic and Cebu. These include submarines, destroyers and frigates. These warships carried 5,000 military men. And for the Balikatan 2013, the US is now employing the MV-22B Ospreys, F/A 18 fighter jets, 19 other aircrafts and 270 Marine Corps tactical vehicles and amphibious assault vehicles.

The US forces are permanently present even if troops and vessels are on rotational deployment. The US military practically has the whole Philippine territory for its base.

This is dangerous for the Philippines and the Filipinos as this could serve as a magnet for attacks from the many enemies of the US. More than giving security to Filipinos, it endangers the lives of the people.

It has actually caused direct physical harm and even death to some Filipinos and Filipino communities. Some of these came from accidental firing, from direct assault of Filipinos by foreign troops and also from military operations that the US soldiers conducted with the Armed forces of the Philippines.

It has infringed on our national sovereignty and has grossly disregarded the country’s territorial integrity.

The Philippines has a Constitution that absolutely bans nuclear weapons in Philippine territory. But, the government cannot even check for nuclear weapons in US vessels, aircrafts, storage facilities or camps.

It has a provision that foreign troops and bases are not allowed in the absence of a treaty duly passed by senates of both countries.

The Philippines cannot impose its laws on “visiting forces”; the US never allows Philippine authorities to arrest or take custody of their erring men as in the case of the “Subic Rape Case” and the officers and men of USS Guardian who were immediately shipped out of the country after the Tubbataha mishap.

It is causing grave social and environmental problems.

“Nicole” is the only case that prospered in court and was highly publicized.

The military agreements with the US have become pimping mechanisms. As prostitution has multiplied several times from pre-VFA years, abuse of women is common place in areas where US troops operate.

And, with the rise in prostitution comes also the rise in cases of drug use and addiction. Soon it will be a repeat of the problem on caring for abandoned AmerAsian children that reached 50,000 during the years of the bases.

Studies have shown that an average US soldier produces an average of 4 kilos of garbage. Five thousand US soldiers per month that stay in the Philippines for an average of five days will produce 100 tons of garbage, additional to the Philippines’ already burgeoning garbage disposal problem.

The incident in November in 2012 involving the disposal of hazardous waste to the sea in Subic is instructive and a glaring demonstration of the US disregard of our environmental laws. The destruction of the country’s ecosystem during live-fire exercises have yet to be assessed. But even now, USS Glenn
Guardian’s running aground in Tubbataha warns us that continued operations of the US military could greatly damage not only a world heritage but a great source of food of our people.

It keeps us hostage to US impositions; it will drag us into US’ wars of aggression. Therefore, the Philippines would not be contributing to world peace. The token humanitarian assistance in the form of classroom repairs, footbridge construction, building of basketball courts will never be enough to justify our acts of abetting US’ crime: waging wars purportedly for peace and democracy but are actually wars for profit and imperial power.

What we can do:

1. Sign on and endorse this message and send a copy directly to the Philippine President His Excellency Benigno Aquino III

Mail: H.E. Benigno Aquino III
New Executive Building
Malacañang Palace Compound
J.P. Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila

Fax: (632) 735-8005
Email: op@president.gov.ph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/presidentnoy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noynoyaquino or search @noynoyaquino

2. Encourage your family and friends to sign on and endorse this message

3. Write a Letter to the Editor; make your own expression via artwork, message icon, etc expressing your sentiment for a peaceful, nuclear-free, bases-free and independent Philippines and share them through various social media.

Please send us a copy at:
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29. Keep Warner Barracks Open

Warner Barracks has been part of Bambergs Community since the 50s and it's sad to see it go.

So many german businesses have profited from them, the german-american relationships have grown and a lot of families have settled down in the Area. The Post is actually easy to take care of, it's easy to walk from one end to the other, it's in the center of bavaria.

30. Request for Army Tuition Assistance

The target of this document is to persuade members of congress to lift the present suspension of Army Tuition Assistance. We the soldiers who swore a contract to uphold the US constitution and defend America were guaranteed our right to education.

Cutting the tuition assistance program will only hinder our soldiers ability to obtain a proper education. A wise NCO once said "If you do not pursue an education after your enlistment, you will have set back the US Army 30yrs".