Petition Tag - veteran

1. STAND UP FOR BILL (And Other Vietnam Veterans And Their Families)

Background: My husband, Bill Meehan was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM) in 3/2015. I accidentally found out that MM is one of 15 diseases presumed connected to military service in Vietnam and exposure to Agent Orange. Bill was rated 100% disabled and we received wonderful support from the VA. Bill died in 7/2016. After he died, I realized that none of the civilian health care professionals we saw ever asked if he was in the military. Many Vietnam vets don't know that some very common diseases (such as type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease and prostate cancer) are connected to service in Vietnam. They don't realize that they, and their surviving spouses, are entitled to benefits.


2. Bring Chris Home

Christopher F. Timmreck is a United States Army combat veteran currently serving a life sentence for murder in the Georgia Department of Corrections. In 2004, very shortly after returning home from Iraq, Christopher was involved in an incident which changed his life forever. Though Christopher acted in self defense, he was convicted of felony murder. Christopher has now served 13 years of his sentence, and is eligible for Parole in October 2018.
Despite the charges, Christopher is not a violent person. He is intelligent, kind, and deserves to live in the country he so bravely defended. This petition offers an opportunity to stand with Christopher, and let the parole board know that we want him home where he belongs.


Preliminary research and report to Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, reporter and consumer advocate -

Wells Fargo has admitted to creating fake accounts, first estimated to be 2.5 MILLION total, recently increased to around 4 MILLION, allegedly has changed mortgage terms without the knowledge of borrowers and in late 2016 reached a settlement with the Department of Justice for illegally repossessing servicemembers' cars. Banks such as Wells Fargo cannot be allowed to commit fraudulent acts such as these on the American people.

Wells Fargo and other Wall Street lenders made an agreement with the state of CA in 2012, the Natonal Mortgage Settlement (NMS), to address the harm done to homeowners for practices such as robosigning, including fraudulently signing mortgage and foreclosure documents and abusing foreclosure and loan modification processes. These lenders/servicers werer charged with fixing the systems which affect all mortgage accounts that are held or serviced and to assure valid transactions and complete chain of documents. As part of this agreement the state was to provide around $300,000,000 of legal aid which was used for other purposes it was alleged in a lawsuit against the state.

There is more and more evidence that the NMS and it's oversight has been corrupted much as it's predecessor the 2012/2013 Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR). The IFR was to pay up to $125,000 for damages to homeowners. In the end, the average payout was $870 and possibly as low as $300 typically, while bank employees themeselves were involved with the “independent” review or consultants were influenced by the banks to the point where Chase had less than 1 percent error in the IFR process whereas HUD found a 97.2% error rate. While homeowners split $3 billion in damages, the bank's consultants “earned” $2 billion which came out to $20,000 per file.

CA county records and homeowner cases reflect that these abuses continue and that homeowners were and are deprived of due process in government agenies and the courts as banks and servicers take homes and destroy lives with no regard to the CA Homeowner Bill of Rghts and/or settlements and local laws that have not been enforced.

Please contact CA Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and your local representatives.

Gov Brown contact

Mailing address:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841 
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Due to limited resources, responses to inquiries via mail
may take up to 90 days. If you would like a more timely 
response, please use the email form below.

AG Becerra contact

For questions regarding the Department of Justice contact
Public Inquiry Unit
Voice: (916) 322-3360 or
(Toll-free in California)
(800) 952-5225
Fax: (916) 323-5341

For local example for Los Angeles, CA go here:
For a local government example in Los Angeles, CA go here -

4. Save Location of Veterans Assistance and Services

320 East Friendly Avenue Greensboro NC has become a landmark for veterans needing assistance with compensation, health, housing, food and much m0re. Disable Veterans volunteer their time assisting others in need. Giving back to the community what has been given and has helped them.

The location is in danger of being closed because of the lease not being renewed, and the facility being turn into a storage area. Where are the veterans to go? Why take something that is bringing almost a million dollars of revenue into the Greensboro community? Why take away something that has helped over two thousand veterans in less than two years by changing their lives one veteran at a time? Accessibility to the facility, care of the each veteran with patience and knowledge, and comradery of service members needs to be sustained and preserved.

Please help us save what is beneficial not just for those we help, but for those with PTSD who what society say are not able to work with what they call "normal". Volunteering to help their comrades brings them joy and keeps them grounded.

5. Erik Jorgensen's Law (Veteran Suicide Law)

There is a Proven trend of rising Veteran suicide over the course of the past 7 years which include older Veterans being #1 highest rate of suicide, and our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans following.

We have recognized this to be a major epidemic in the United States and aim for better policies, procedures, and laws to aide in the prevention of Veteran suicide.

We have also recognized a rising trend of suicide in Active Duty Military Personnel, First Responders, especially in Law Enforcement, and wish to include them in our proposition. Henceforth, we propose Erik Jorgensen's Law to be written and adopted into each of the 50 states of the United States of America. This petition is in honor of SPC Erik Lane Jorgensen who lost his battle after returning home from combat in Afghanistan summer of 2013.

6. 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.

7. Witness of good character for Gene Litteral

By signing this petition, I am stating for Federal court use that Walter Eugene Litteral, also known as Gene Litteral, is a moral and upstanding person, with the highest of personal values.

He is a loving and caring family man, which includes his wife, children and grandchildren. He is a compassionate and giving man who helps in anyway he can to those in need, for the welfare of others and his community. He is a giving man who loves to donates to many causes and fundraisers at every chance he gets.

He is a honorable and proud veteran who has given many years of service to the Marine Corps. He his a man who cares for his fellow human beings.

He has impacted and touched so many life's in postive ways. His selflessness and always putting others needs before his own, is his amazing and outstanding character.

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8. US Flag Petition to accept the McGill "Cross Country Flag" into the archives of the National Museum of American History

9. Give all service - connected Veterans BX/PX, commissary access

Our US Servicemen have sacrificed so much that it is only fitting we take care of their needs when they are injured during Active Duty. Compensation is a good starting point, however, given today's cost of living that monetary compensation does not go far enough.

We should allow the same access that retired military personnel have to the BX/PX and Commissary for all service-connected veterans. This will stretch their comp dollars & provide the exchange a new source of revenue for expansion & improvement, and will not cost the US Government a single penny more.


10. Make BC Electricity an Essential Service

BC Hydro disconnected the electricity of a veteran during a snowstorm and below 0 weather, contacted premier, ministers, ombudsman, local government and all say electricity in BC is not an essential service so nothing they can do

BC Hydro executives make in excess of $1000 per day and will not accept contact by phone, fax or email only mail.

This veteran has paid for all electricity use and just refuses to pay the extortion fee, his purported balance is less than $500, this is abuse of authority by a crown corporation and if you agree with me please sign my petition

11. Save the Force Farm!

To whom it my Concern,

Please sign our petition and help us in our litigation with Ostego County New York and their unconstitutional use of article 11 foreclosure procedures which infringes on the rights of landowners. There is a stay on the deed of our three properties which consists of 111 acres in Butternut Valley.

We paid our taxes in 2012 and were told that we could not pay our 2011 taxes. We could not pay our 2013 taxes due to surgeries and illnesses. On July 16, 2014, we tried to pay all of our back taxes including our taxes for the current year of 2014. What triggered the foreclosure and auction of all three properties was less than $600.00 of tax money owed in 2011. Ostego County has our back tax money that we owe them in escrow. When in court on Monday August 18th, 2014, the Attorney for Ostego County could not even answer Judge Burns as to why they would not let us pay our back taxes before the August 20th, 2014 foreclosure auction.

I am a Veteran and I am still serving in the Air National Guard with 17 years of service. My wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 17 years ago and her health is affecting her memory. The message Ostego County is sending to its citizens is that if you become ill or lose your job, you will lose your property.

12. Livingston Parish School Board should honor Memorial Day

The Livingston Parish School Board has voted to once again not honor Memorial Day for the 2014-2015 school year. They have also voted to once again allow for 1 day off for the Livingston Parish Fair and 2 days off for Mardi Gras. This is unacceptable to the Veteran's and the families of Veteran's in the Livingston Parish school district, it is disrespectful to every person who lives in the district who has lost a loved one who has served this country, it is disrespectful to every Veteran who has lost a brother or sister in arms in service of this country.

If it were not for the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy, we may not have local fairs to attend. If it weren't for those willing to give their lives for this country, we may not have the freedom to celebrate Mardi Gras at all. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have sacrificed themselves so that we can enjoy the freedoms and the rights that we have today. To not close the schools of Livingston Parish on Memorial Day while doing so for a Parish Fair and Mardi Gras is a disrespectful act at the highest level. Is this the message that we wish to send our children? That a Parish Fair and Mardi Gras are more important than those who have given their lives for our country?

13. Return My War Veteran's Home

In October of 2007 Countrywide Mortgage (now Bank of America) sold James Harris's home out from under him using dummy lawyers to hide the paperwork. He was current on his payments and had papers served at his door giving him three days to move out of his home. He immediately filed a complaint, a Grand Jury was held, a court case ensued, and assurances were made to him by individuals from the AG's office that he would get his home back free and clear of the mortgage plus damages. The last time he heard from anyone was over three years ago.

All attempts to get information have been met with silence. He has even sent registered letters with return confirmation and doesn't get a response. This man was named after his uncle who was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient (posthumously, WWII) has served three tours in Vietnam during which he was shot in the back and received flash burns to his face. He served in Granada, Panama, and Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He served his country with bravery and honor and he deserves respect from his government and its officials. He deserves answers just as much as he deserves his home back. He deserves better than having to drive past the house that was stolen from him every day when he goes to work.

In over 15 years of knowing him this is the one and only time I've ever seen him give up on anything. Please sign this petition and show him no one is giving up on him.

14. 2013 Inaugural Poem

Petition was started on the suggestion of the public in response to a Veterans Day poem posted on Yahoo on November 11th.

15. Demand that Anglophone Dan Brown be given his job back at the National Research Council

78 year old Dan Brown, a veteran, was removed from his position as a Commisionaire when someone complained that he was not bilingual.

Whoever turned in Dan Brown and made him cry, should think about crawling under a rock.

16. Help our veteran

Army veteran refused life prolonging drug because he lives in the wrong area.

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17. Let Richard Wentz fly his flag

A retired member of the New York City Police Department who helped victims out of the World Trade Center on 9-11 is now at war with his Coral Springs homeowners' association over a commemorative flag.

Richard Wentz has been given 10 days to take down his flag down or face fines and possibly legal action.

"That flag means the world to me. Other than my children, that flag means the world to me," said Wentz.

Wentz lives in the Fairways at Heron Bay. The commemorative flag lists the names of everyone who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and is a replica of the ones placed in Battery Park during the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

"When I received the letter, I actually stood out in front of the house yelling in anger about it," Wentz said.

Wentz, a retired New York City police officer, said he ran into the Tower 1 and started pulling out people before the building collapsed. Wentz said he lost 43 friends and colleagues that day. The inside of his home is a shrine to the friends he lost.

Wentz now has cancer, he said, from breathing in all the particles during the cleanup of Ground Zero.

The letter from the Fairways at Heron Bay association said the flag detracts from the aesthetic harmony of the surrounding properties.He said he was confronted by Patricia Favata, president of the Board of Directors.

"She pushed the issue and said, 'Do we really need to get lawyers involved?' Her demeanor got very nasty," Wentz said.

No one was at Favata's home when Local 10 tried to talk to her.

Several neighbors said they are disgusted.

"He was involved in 9-11, and what he went through, he deserves to have the flag up there. I think it's an honor in our neighborhood to have the flag up," said resident Irene Skulsky.

"That flag doesn't bother me at all and shouldn't be taken down," added another neighbor.

Bill Sugarman, the president of Benchmark Property Management, which represents the association, said he received complaints.

The rules say there can only be one flag per home.

"The only flag that is allowed is an American flag. The problem is he is flying two flags, and until someone changes that there is a problem," Sugarman said.
Wentz refuses to take it down. "I will not take that flag down. That flag will remain up. I don't care how many fines they want to give me, how many notices they want to give me, I refuse to take that down," Wentz said.
The American Civil Liberties Union weighed in, saying that although homeowners associations are constitution-free zones, it has asked the state to limit what associations can do.
"This is an absurd, excessively literal interpretation of the rule. Why anybody would want to enforce that is beyond me," said Howard Simon with the ACLU.

18. Protect Military Personnel's Parental Rights

There has been a great travesty done to our Armed Forces Members, Veterans and their Children of this Great State of Texas which I am sure you are unaware of.

The laws of the State of Texas do not protect single or divorced Military Personnel, Veterans and the bond they have with their Children should they be separated during their time of military service and/or during their time of rehabilitation. There is no time allotment for reintegration into civilian life and re-acquaintance between parent and child during which their parental rights would not be jeopardized.

At this time Texas State Laws are written, if a Military Personnel designates a non parent as conservator/guardian while they are on active duty, rehabilitating, reintegrating into civilian life or allowing their child/children and themselves to become reacquainted and the child lives with the non-parent conservator/guardian for 6 months the non-parent conservator/guardian has full custody rights to the child during or after the Military Personnel's term of duty is completed. This has been upheld in over 30 cases which we know of in the State of Texas where the Military Personnel/Veteran has lost custody of their Child/Children.

This is a great disservice to OUR Military Personnel, Veterans and their Children. If it was not for their military service these men and women would not have had to defend their parental rights or lost custody of their children. We ask that you support us and our Military Personnel, Veterans and their Children by establishing Family Laws within the State of Texas to protect the Military Personnel, Veterans and their Children from dissolution of the parent/child relationship. Also we ask that the law be written protecting Military Personnel and Veterans who may have lost custody of their Child/Children due to their military service up the time the new law comes into effect.

Please support our Military Personnel, Veterans and their Children from the lack of laws which protect them in our Great State of Texas.

19. Review Veteran Mental Health Care

* More veterans are committing suicide than are dying in combat.

*Veterans Affairs (VA) Statistics: Average of 18 vets commit suicide each and every day.

*Suicide rates researched by CBS new between 2004-2005...and the rates are raising fast...
Results 2004:
Overall Rates
Veterans: 17.5 to 21.8 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 9.4 per 100,000
Male Rates
Veterans: 30.6 to 38.3 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 18.3 per 100,000
Female Rates
Veterans: 10.0 to 12.5 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 4.8 per 100,000

Results 2005:
Overall Rates
Veterans: 18.7 to 20.8 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 8.9 per 100,000
Male Rates
Veterans: 31.5 to 35.3 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 17.6 per 100,000
Female Rates
Veterans: 11.1 to 12.3 per 100,000
Non-Veterans: 4.5 per 100,000

*Troubling new data show there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs...about 18 veteran suicides a day, about five by veterans who are receiving VA care.

*In fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, there were 1,621 suicide attempts by men and 247 by women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, with 94 men and four women dying.

20. Britain must compensate Aboriginal people for radioactive fallout

Joint Statement, Hiroshima Day, 6 August 2009 (EMBARGOED until 6 August 2009)
Britain must compensate Aboriginal people for radioactive fallout

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement of South Australia (ALRM) are seeking your support for the attached statement.

Aboriginal people affected by the British nuclear tests carried out in Australia in the 1950s should have the same rights as Australian veterans to compensation for radioactive injury from the British Government; and they need Australian government support to pursue their legal claims. Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation and the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement of South Australia want to see equitable access to legal processes for affected Aboriginal people following the decision of the British High Court to allow military veterans from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the UK to sue the British Ministry of Defence for compensation for damages related to radiation exposure from tests carried out on their Anangu lands.

To be launched on Thursday, 6 August 2009, the annual commemoration of Hiroshima Day, this statement will be circulated for six weeks seeking support before being formally presented to the governments concerned on 21 September 2009, which is the United Nations' International Day of Peace.

Media contacts:
South Australia ALRM Neil Gillespie 0417 086 025
National ANTaR Janet Hunt 0408 170 448

21. The Outlaws To Be Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Founded in 1972, Florida's Outlaws released their self-titled debut in 1975.

The band took elements from other Southern rock bands - the tight harmonies of the Eagles, the free-form feel of the Allman Brothers Band and the hard-rocking punch of Lynyrd Skynyrd - and incorporated them into their own unique sound.

Longtime Eagles producer Bill Szymczyk, who also produced the "Hurry Sundown" album, made a nonmusical contribution by coining the nickname that's long been associated with the Outlaws - "Guitar Army."

"He came into the studio one day, listened to us doing some guitar work and said, 'You guys like sound like a guitar army,' and it stuck with us," Thomasson said.

After a string of successful albums in the late '70s and early '80s, frequent line-up changes and a changing musical climate halted the band's hot streak, though they periodically continued to tour and release albums. Founding member Henry Paul resurfaced as a member of contemporary country group Blackhawk, while Thomasson spent a decade as part of the reformed Skynyrd.

The Outlaws reconvened last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album and decided to keep going. The current roster consists of Thomasson, guitarist Chris Anderson, bassist Randy Threet and original drummers Monte Yoho and David Dix.

"I put the band on vacation in 1995 after I got a call to come and play with Skynyrd," Thomasson said. "I knew the original line-up of that band, and it was an honor to have been a part of what they do, but I'm also glad to be back playing with the Outlaws. It took a while to build up a head of steam, but we did and we're not going away."

While the Outlaws were originally firmly entrenched in the rock world (they frequently toured with acts like the Eagles and Foghat), their Southern rock sound helped inspire "New Country" artists like Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts and Brooks and Dunn. "Green Grass and High Times" was recently featured on Country Music Television as one of the Greatest Southern Rock Songs of all time.

The Outlaws recorded over 13 albums, three (3) going Gold. Hughie Thomasson was a founding member of the southern rock band and was inducted into the Forida Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as, the Fender Hall of Fame. Hughie died on 9 Sept 2007, at the age of fifty five (55). Hughie wrote, performed, and produced music for the last 38 years, as an Outlaw and as a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd (1996 - 2005).

22. Support America Petition

Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission and like minded organizations believe all Americans should be united in our gratitude and appreciation to our military men and women for the risks and sacrifices they endure in the protection of our liberty and unalienable rights.

We stand with our men and women in the military to ensure that they and their families receive the support and respect they deserve here at home, and furthermore we support legislative efforts to improve the level of support for military and their families, especially those killed or injured while in action.

***If you prefer you can print and mail your signed petition to:

Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission, Inc. P.O. Box 7802 St. Paul, MN 55107

23. Replace Steve Buyer As Chair of House Veterans Affairs Committee

July 11, 2006

This petition is a response to the measures Steve Buyer R-IN has taken to reduce the benefits our veterans receive when they return home from foreign wars.

In January 2005, the Republican leadership forced out Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., as the chairman of Verteran's Affairs in the US House of Representatives. He was a great ally for the issues close to veterans, but the leadership disliked how close we was to veterans groups, as well as his willingness to expand benefits in a time of war.

Rep. Steve Buyer R-I.N., was the replacement chosen for Rep. Smith, and he has been interminable in his efforts to cut the benefits of veterans. He has attempted to add enrollment fees for entire groups of veterans, increase prescription co-pays for medication, he has sought to redefine a service-connected disability as being only combat related, ect., ect., ect.

Last year (2005) Steve Buyer received a 0 rating on pro-veteran votes from Project Vote Smart. And this as the Chairman of the House Veterans Committee.

In short, Steve Buyer does not have the priorities of veterans at the top of his list. When waiting lists at VA facilities are ever-increasing and America is bringing home hundeds of thousands of new veterans of foreign wars, our country needs to be looking towards giving our veterans the best possible care, and not the least possible benefits.

24. Cristal Brown as Varsity Coach

June 7, 2006

We, members of the Valencia High School Softball Program, have designed this petition to ask whoever it may concern to place Cristal Brown as head coach of the Valencia High School Varsity Team.

Coach Brown has demonstrated her knowledge and understanding of the game with every practice and game. Her desire for Valencia Softball's well being is also a reason why we consider her to be an essential coach. Not only is she a great coach, but Coach Brown is an exceptional person. She is a great role model and is someone who we can always count on.

Coach Brown takes softball as seriously (if not more serious) as the rest of the Varsity girls but also shows us that softball can be fun. We ask you to consider replacing the Valencia High School veteran, Donna Lee, with a fresh, new face who will undoubtedly allow us to thrive as a team.

We assure you that you will not regret this decision and we thank you for your time and consideration.

25. Protect Veterans’ Benefits and Removal of Rep Steve Buyer as Chairman of House Veterans Affairs Com

The intent of this petition is to protect veterans' benefits and have Rep. Buyer removed as the Chairman of House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Rep. Buyer seeks to redefine who is a veteran. We must not allow Congress to redefine who is a veteran. We cannot allow Congress to restructure veterans' benefits and reshape the definitions of disability. Redefine at a time when over 10,000 young men and women have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a time when young men and women have become disabled while training to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans and veterans' organizations have worked too hard for too long to not receive proper recognition for our service to our country.

Title 38, Veterans' Benefits, United States Code defines a "veteran" as: "The term "veteran" means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable."
Also defined in Title 38 is "in the line of duty": "An injury or disease incurred during active military, naval, or air service will be deemed to have been incurred in line of duty and not the result of the veteran's own misconduct when the person on whose account benefits are claimed was, at the time the injury was suffered or disease contracted, in active military, naval, or air service, whether on active duty or on authorized leave, unless such injury or disease was a result of the person's own willful misconduct or abuse of alcohol or drugs."

Rep Buyer would like to redefine who is a veteran at a time when America shows a gratitude for her veterans, a time when America respects and treats her veterans with dignity. He is attempting to segregate our veterans, "the disabled and indigent veterans" (his core constituency) and then all others. Rep. Buyer is seeking to make these changes while our country is sending their servicemen and women world wide to fight the war on terror. He must realize that not everyone can serve in the war zone and that some stationed in the United States and other areas are working in direct support of Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.

Recruitment of our all volunteer force is falling short of its goals. The Army fell almost one-third short of its recruiting goal in March, its second consecutive month of shortfall amid concerns that the Iraq war is discouraging young people from enlisting. The Army's goal for March was to enlist 6,800 recruits, but it fell short by 2,150, or 32 percent. That was slightly worse than in February when a goal of 7,050 enlistees was missed by 1,936, or 27 percent. The target for April is 6,600. The Army Reserve did even worse in March than the regular Army. It recruited barely half the 1,600 soldiers it wanted for the month. It has not met a monthly goal since December 2004, and for the period from October 2004 through March it has met only 82 percent of its goal. Rep Buyer's "visions" will only add to already existing recruiting shortfalls.

Fellow veterans, it's time to take action. It's time to let our Congressional Representatives know we will not allow Congress to redefine who is a veteran or restructure veterans' benefits and reshape the definitions of disability. It is time they understand veteran's care will be our priority in voting in the next elections, congressional as well as presidential.

26. Veterans' Right to Attorney Representation 2003

May 9, 2004

H.R.3492 Titled Veterans' Right to Attorney Representation 2003 currently under review by The House Committed on Veterans' Affairs subcommitte on Veterans' Benefits.

27. A Forgotten Transsexual American Hero / Medal of Freedom

Mr. President..., and others mentioned below..., We need your help!!! This is a TRANSSEXUAL who has done so much for so many. She is Rhiannon now due to the trauma of the RAPE on the USS Ranger in 1978.

This is about a US Service Member who has served in the U.S. Air Force 2 years, U.S. Navy for 3 years and State Guards of Alabama, 2 seperate times for 9 years, Virginia for 4 years, the USNSCC Shelby BN for 2.5 years and the Mississippi State Guard for over 9 years. The only reason she wasn't a Marine..., there just wasn't enough time. She is, Rhiannon A. La Passioneria, A Forgotten American Hero or..., Rhi to her friends. At the age of 15 on 22 Dec. 1973, as a Police Explorer Scout with Post 18 of the Montgomery AL Police Department, Rhi was faced with a life and death situation. The officer she was on patrol with, Officer John Hester, was attacked during a Hit & Run investigation. His service revolver taken from him and a nervous woman, holding the .357 Cal. Smith & Wesson and pointing it at Rhi, Officer Hester, her brother and her boyfriend. Rhi calmly placed herself in between the gun and the other three men while the other two men were beating Officer Hester. Rhi grabbed the revolver with her left hand just as the hammer struck the skin between her thumb and forefinger. Rhiannon saved them all!

As an Airman 1st Class in the U.S.A.F. during a Tornado Alert at Sheppard A.F.B., TX in April 1977, Rhi, then an In Patient at the Base Hospital, saw a family trapped in the parking lot and in her PJ's, went in to the storm, grabbed the two small children and guided the family inside to safety.

As a Radioman 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy and a crew member aboard the U.S.S. Ranger CV-61, Rhi was burned on both legs, saving the lives of RMSA Jerry Parrott and RMSN David Whyte in a berthing fire that later turned out to be a Murder Attempt.

Later, On 1 Sept. 1978 Rhi was on an early morning supply run for the Communications Department of the USS Ranger. When she stopped for gas at the fuel depot at N.T.C. San Diego, she saw that the Royal Inn Hotel across the street was on fire on the 5th floor. Rhi ran up 5 flights of stairs, kicked and bent open the steel fire door the wrong way, entered the building, tripped the fire alarms, charged the Fire Station on the 5th floor while evacuating guests and putting out the fire. There were 234 Rooms and the Hotel was 100% occupied at the time. That's over 400 Sleeping Souls. Rhi was the only one hurt with dark bruises on her right and left leg and smoke inhalation damage to herself. She was treated at the NTC San Diego Infirmary.

In a Collision at Sea, 0455, 5 April 1979, the U.S.S. Ranger collided with the Super Tanker, SS Fortune Moriva just south of Singapore. Rhi volunteered to and actually went over the side of the ship with approval from Capt. Thomas G. Moore in to the damaged hull of the ship and gathered information to relay back to the skipper. Her Starboard Safety Line was fouled and she had to cut loose and be dragged up the Port side of the USS Ranger. The Navy never awarded Rhi one single award for anything she did. Even through award by default, she's earned the Navy/Marine Corps Medal 3 times, the US Navy Commendation Medal and many more.

As an N.C.O. Club Supervisor at Gunter A.F.B. Montgomery, AL, Rhiannon was on her way to work on Thanksgiving Eve 1989. There was what had started out as a 5 Car Pile Up on the Northern By-Pass in Montgomery AL that evening. Rhi stopped just before two more cars piled in to the growing wreck. She took care of injured people, got everyone's Emergency Flashers going and asked a motorist to go call for help. There were no Cell Phones then! She stayed and did what she could till Montgomery Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriffs Department arrived. Had she not done so, the wrecks would have grown out of control as no one had the common sense to use their lights or flashers. Rhiannon earned the U.S.A.F. Civilian Medal for Valor. The Club Manager was Chief Master Sergeant Bill Uhde. Rhiannon never received anything.

Skipping ahead of many more rescues to present time...,

During Hurricane Katrina, as a Volunteer Chaplain/Captain O3E with the 1st Bat. 1st Brigade of the Mississippi State Guard on active duty without pay...,

1. During a Drive By Shooting the night after the hurricane, while inside the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross in Meridian, MS, ((601) 485-5151 Chapter Director, Cheri Beri now Mayor of Meridian, MS., Disaster Director, Mr. Gordon Stewart). Rhi exposed herself to direct fire while uniformed and unarmed to get all staff members and volunteers inside on the floor and turned off all lighting to make a black out inside and lower any chance that the shooters could see who to shoot at. No one was injured but the building took 5 hits. Rhi had used her body to block the door as it would not lock.

2. The Friday evening after Katrina, some Clients in the Shelters were receiving partial text messages from family and friends still trapped in the New Orleans area and other areas. Rhi and other Red Cross Staffers, compiled the information, Rhi set up an emergency communications network with Eagle Ops in Shreveport, LA and relayed through them the information to the rescue teams in New Orleans, causing over 27 lives to be saved that no one would have known about. One partial message read, "..., there are some of us still alive and in the roof, send...," Rhi did!

3. Scores of displaced and disabled Veterans were in the Meridian area when Rhiannon found out that the V.A. Clinic there was abandoned. These former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines had no medicines to take as many left all they had behind. Again Rhiannon, set up another emergency communications network, contacted Dr. Terry Allgood (601-364-1270) at the V.A. Hospital Jackson, MS. and with the help of SFC Kathy Thornton, (NOTE: There was one plug on a generator and then, SSG Thornton had to reprogram and reset each piece of equipment every time something needed to be relayed making a normal operation, very difficult), made all arrangements for all medicines to be handled through the Red Cross Nurse Supervisor and staff for distribution to those Veterans.

Rhi has been nominated twice for the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her combined actions across America. These came from Gov. Kirk Fordice (R) MS in August 1999 and by Sen. Ed Robertson (D) AL in Sept. 1996. Both were sent to Pres. Bill Clinton. The White House responded but never acted on the nominations. She has received commendations from 7 Governors of 6 States. She's most proud of the one from former President George W. Bush when he was Governor of Texas and a very special one from Gov. George C. Wallace (D) AL. The others are from Governors, Pete Wilson CA, Lawton Chiles FL, Fob James AL, George Allen VA, and Kirk Forcice MS.

Rhiannon has earned many awards over the years from the Boy Scout Medal of Honor w/ Crossed Palms - Police Explorer Program 1973-1976, U.S.A.F. 1976 & 1977, U.S.N. 1977-1980 and the Active State Guards of Alabama 1981-1985 & 1989-1992 , Virginia 1985-1989, U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps 1998-2001 and in the Mississippi State Guard 2001-2009. The only problem is, she's never had an awards ceremony and has never been awarded any of them. People seem to either loose, misplace, destroy or deny ever having received any paperwork on her. She was even ordered by the Mississippi State Guard HQ to not mention anything about her service during Hurricane Katrina and has been called a liar for what she's done. Even with Documented or Notarized evidence from people she's helped. For the little 2006 Southern Hero Award for her efforts during Katrina, the State Guard ordered Rhiannon NOT to wear her uniform to receive the award or to even mention the Guard. The Red Cross did not recognize Jim for his efforts and the lives she protected there or the $2000.00 donation in her name from The Southern Companies on behalf of the award. The V.A. wanted to punish her and take her pension cause she did all the work she did on the phones to help all the people and Veterans she helped which she could have done at home. It was safer at the Red Cross and her medical conditions could be watched more closely.

Dr. Rhiannon A. La Passioneria is a Disabled Veteran rated at 100%. She was Attacked, Beaten, Shot, Burned and RAPED after she turned in Drug Dealers and Loan Sharks on the USS Ranger CV-61. She has not been able to work since 20 Mar. 1992 and that was completely against medical advice from the V.A. Hospital Doctors in Montgomery AL. Till July 1st. 2009, Rhi was still serving without pay as a Volunteer in the Mississippi State Guard and in pain with an out of date Pace Maker, Gout, Blood Clots, Burns and numerous other injuries to herself from active duty and civilian rescues for which she still fights the V.A. for a full service connected and Unemployable pension. She is a poor but proud woman and will buy food for someone in need at the drop of a hat when her family has nothing. I have seen her do this! The family vehicles were Katrina Survivors but are barely running. Her truck is missing all of it's rear windows. Rhi & Kathy lost their home to tornado damage earlier, before Katrina. She has never missed a drill or a call to duty and has volunteered several times for an appointment to active duty and service in Afghanistan and Iraq in spite of her pain because she wanted to make a difference. She now has been forced to take a Medical Retirement from the Mississippi State Guard and they didn't even give her a retirement Certificate for Honorable Service.

Her Family & Friends have nominated Rhiannon for the Mississippi Medal of Honor. Her former C.O., then MAJ Pate Miranda of Meridian, MS (Now Deceased) nominated Rhi for the Magnolia Cross of Mississippi with a support letter from the Red Cross, Key Chapter. Gov. Haley Barbour never responded! I've seen her do many of these things and even watched her leave her own birthday party I had given her to go in to a very nasty storm in Hattiesburg MS to help people. She's always giving to others when she has nothing and someone needs to remember her now. We believe that she's saved over 500 souls from coast to coast. Many of her rescues are documented.

If Lincoln's words are true, then so is the echo of Sen. Robertson's letter to Gov. George Wallace, "If we do not remember what this woman has done, others will forget what to do." Gov. Wallace's letter and nomination for the Distinguished Service Medal of Alabama with the Valor Device for risking her life so many times has been ignored by Alabama's Governors. All of the nominations for any awards she's earned, even going back to the Boy Scout's Medal of Honor with Crossed Palms by unanimous nomination of her area council have all been ignored or denied. The American Red Cross never recognized her for all of her efforts during Hurricane Katrina and she raised over $2500.00 for them when she had no money.

I think that no one in America has done this much to help their fellow man so hands on doing rescues and risking their life as a Samaritan! It's time that America knew about and remembered Rhiannon. She's given her ALL, She certainly deserves our best! 15 Minutes of fame is not enough. Maybe someone will find courage in her sacrifices. Thanks for looking at this and if you can, please help Rhiannon.

I am Mary K. (Kathy) Thornton, Honorably Discharged SFC & Medical NCO for Head Quarters 1st (SEPARATE) Infantry Brigade Mississippi State Guard. I am also the former wife of James D. Thornton, now Rhiannon Annalise La Passioneria. I can attest to the deeds mentioned by Mr. Bruce Ferguson and much more. I would like to add two more rescues to this list my former husband has been a part of and beg you, whoever you are, please send this information to your congressional delegations in California, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Virginia. and the U.S.A.F. & U.S.N. Secretaries for action by them and the President. The Current U.S.N. Secretary is former Mississippi Governor Ray Maybus.

There has to be some way that Rhiannon may receive proper recognition. She has been nominated for so many awards and received only one. The Southern Hero Award for 2006 from SouthernLINC Wireless and the Southern Companies and that only for the Veterans she has helped during Katrina. She has gone broke helping others and we have all suffered a little but, it's what had to be done and she knows this. Help her so he can continue to help others.

In Feb. 2004, Rhi noticed a large amount of black smoke coming from the area by our neighbor, Ms. Terri Cross ((601) 447-7896 / 9181 Hensarling Rd. Petal, MS 39465), 10 miles away. Just by feeling something was wrong, she raced there to find Terri Cross' property on fire. The home was burning as Rhi entered to get Terri out. She was burned on her right leg going up the stairs to Terri's home. Rhi awoke her from a very heavily medicated sleep and removed her from the home. With only a garden hose and determination, she proceeded to fight the fire until one of Terri's cousins showed up to help, then others arrived. She was also cut by briers and weeds as she fought the fire. She was burned again in the same area of her right leg from the USS Ranger Fire while finishing off this fire. She saved Ms. Cross and her home and was hurt fairly bad doing so. The Macedonia V.F.D. actually complained to the Perry County Sheriffs Dept. about her doing this rescue and wanted her arrested. The Fire Chief, the one who complained was the Aunt woman she saved.

While riding with my former husband on 6 Nov. 2006, an older black lady passed us on HWY. 11, north of Petal, MS and didn't notice the car in front of us turning left in to their driveway. The lady swerved and tried to regain control of her car to no avail. Mrs. Charlotte Evans, ((601 )582-0970 / 1248 Leeville Rd. Petal, MS 39465), ended up flipping her car and crashing in to the woods after fishtailing and leaving the highway. Her car landed on it's side in a slanted position and was rolling over on it's roof on to a tree stump. Rhi ran through the weeds and positioned herself to block the car from continuing it's roll and to give Mrs. Evans, time to escape. Using her own body to stop the car from rolling, she calmed Mrs. Evans down, got her to concentrate on the window on the high side of the car and roll it down so that she would be able to crawl out and escape. As she exited the position, she was high up on the side of the car causing it to try and roll even more. Rhi used every thing she had to keep it steady, yelled at her to jump, and kept the car steady while she escaped. After she was clear, Rhi jumped out of the way cutting herself on thorns and brambles while the car continued to roll over. Mrs. Evans didn't even have a scratch. Rhiannon suffered for over two weeks, with muscle cramps and pains from the cuts and burns she suffered in both incidents. She's done so much more and has risked her life on so many occasions. Why is it that one woman, a 100% Disabled Veteran at that, has saved hundreds of lives and gets no help from the V.A, The different branches of the Military she's served in, proper awards or anything? She cares so much about everyone and gives her all because the morning of her Mother's death, she did a rescue at Jackson Hospital, 21 Aug. 1992. She asked her mother Betty, was this her lot in life to help people. In her last breaths she told Rhiannon it was. She's always taken this as Gospel. Isn't someone willing to do the same for her?

She suffers from numerous medical problems including her heart and the moment she put's on her uniform, she is renewed. No matter how much she hurts, she won't let it show. She has so much pride and patriotism that she's volunteered several times to go to Afghanistan or Iraq to do whatever she can do. Rhi remains ignored! She's trained her whole life to serve since she was 11 years old and wore her first uniform in Military School at Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport MS and then in the US Army JROTC Program at G.W. Carver HS in Montgomery AL. She had 7 years of Military Training before she ever put on a US Military Uniform. I want to see her be able to hold her head high, get the honors she so rightly deserves and be remembered for what she's done during his peace and war time service.

I don't know any other way to do it other than here. She's done so much for so many in America! America..., Please do something for Rhiannon? God Bless you all and please keep us in your prayers..., especially rhi!


Bruce Ferguson and Kathy Thornton