Help free another Black U.S. Veteran wrongfully sentenced to death in Kuwait

Gabrielle Pruitt started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 2 others

Please help me save my dad! Eric Pruitt has served his country both in the military and as a contractor overseas for 19 years. He is now facing a death sentence by hanging in a foreign prison over drug charges. I really need your help to get the U.S. President’s administration to see this in order to bring him home.

U.S. civilians serving to protect our country or support our military have been targeted by Kuwaiti police in the past. These charges have often turned out to be false, but only after the U.S. government intervened on their behalf. My dad needs that intervention today because Kuwaiti police planted cocaine and falsely charged him for it.

Death by hanging is inhumane! Even if the death sentence is dropped, a lifetime in prison is certainly not much better, especially for a man who has served his country or for non-violent crimes!

If enough people stand up, my Dad’s life can be saved. I just want him to come home.

Please sign my petition today asking the U.S. President’s administration to demand the release of Eric Pruitt. This will ensure actual justice is served for a Black American Veteran and help bring him back to his family.

https://www.change.org/p/donald-j-trump-help-free-another-black-u-s-veteran-who-was-wrongfully-sentenced-to-death-in-kuwait

Petition: These 4 million U.S. citizens pay taxes, serve in the military…and are barred from voting

Imagine this: you are eligible to serve in the military — in past wars, folks where you are from have even been drafted, made to serve in the armed forces for their country. You pay payroll, business, estate, and social security taxes. You contribute to Medicare and Medicaid. You may even pay federal income taxes if you work for the government. 

You fulfill all of the responsibilities of a citizen, contributing to every facet of your country’s infrastructure. But you are not allowed to vote in its most important elections.

Sign the petition if you want to see all United States territories given the right to vote on November 3rd!

Those territories are: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. With the exception of the Northern Mariana Islands, these territories  have ‘belonged’ to the United States for over 100 years — remnants of past wars and purchases driven by aggressive colonialism, the practice of expansion with the goal of economic exploitation of other countries and military augmentation for itself.

These selfish, nationalist goals continue to be the driving force of how the U.S. treats its territories.

They contribute massively to the U.S. economy. In 2016, Puerto Rico’s federal tax contribution was just below 4 billion dollars. In the same year, Vermont and Wyoming’s federal tax came to just above 4 billion dollars. The next year, Hurricane Maria would devastate Puerto Rico. The U.S. would shockingly withhold aid, underreport death and injury on the island, and completely fail Puerto Rico as a part of the country.

These territories’ military offerings are also notable. American Samoa “has the highest rate of military participation of any U.S. state or territory.” They are also the only U.S. territory that the country has not extended citizenship to — people here are “nationals.” Sans citizenship, American Samoans still contribute to Medicaid and Medicare.

It is not hard to guess where these injustices are rooted. Colonialism laid strong seeds for racism, and they have flourished in the U.S. 98% of folks who live in these five U.S. territories are ethnic minorities. Many people in the 50 United States don’t even know that these are their fellow citizens and that these disparities exist in their rights as such.

And the U.S. government is obviously not going to jump at the chance to give people in these territories more power, as it has made it abundantly clear that racism is not an isolated problem, but rather woven into the fabric of every system in the country. Racist gerrymandering and voter suppression have been tools of the ‘democractic’ process in the U.S. since elections became something in which more people than just white men were allowed to vote. 

But these territories are extremely motivated and active voters! In 2014, 61% of eligible voters in American Samoa voted in their election to decide their delegate in the House — a delegate that, it’s notable to add, does not vote. None of the delegates from any of these territories are able to vote — they have only floor privileges, as well as the ability to serve on committees. This is cold comfort for the citizens they represent. The same year that 61% of American Samoa exercised their limited right to vote, only 36.7% of U.S. citizens in the continental states showed up to vote.

It’s obvious that people in these U.S. territories care about their country. It’s about time that their country returned the favor.

This is the perfect time for full voting rights to be extended to these territories. The United States is on the precipice of possibly the most historic election in its history, and democracy is at stake. U.S. territories should have a say.

The Constitution clearly states: “The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.”

Sign the petition if you want to see the people of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa given the voting rights they deserve!EMBED

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Navy Secretary’s Resignation Highlights ‘Feminization’ Of American Military

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by L Todd Wood April 7, 2020

We Will Lose Next War Because Of This

Thomas Modly is sworn in as undersecretary of the Navy

This may be a tough article for many to read, and tough words for many Americans to hear, but America needs to hear them.

Under the last several presidential administrations, the U.S. military has been purposefully changed from the most effective war-fighting force in the history of the Earth, into a social justice ‘woke’ societal experiment, no longer capable of fighting a near-peer conflict with China.

Believe me, our enemies are watching.

Today’s resignation of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly is a travesty for American military preparedness. He simply told the ‘unwoke’ truth, and is being skewered for it.

We have previously wrote the firing of Captain Brett Crozier was entirely justified. The captain of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt simply didn’t have the…

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Couple creates 4-acre field of flowers to honor late son who served in Afghanistan

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The flower fields at Fennville Cemetery in Michigan feature a beautiful sea of poppies. If you come across this place, you will think that it is an ordinary flower farm. However, there’s a heartwarming and interesting story behind this stunning poppy field.

Two years ago, couple Joan Donaldson and John Van Voorhees started planting the poppies in the four-acre field. This is to honor their son, Mateo Donaldson, who was previously deployed in Afghanistan. He was a beekeeper on this farm before he joined the military and went to Afghanistan. YouTube

“He came home with PTSD and took his own life,” Joan disclosed. Apparently, combat situations have negative effects on the soldiers’ minds and bodies. The families of soldiers who have PTSD are also greatly affected by their loved ones’ unfortunate situation.

“We decided to create the poppy field in memory of him, because all these flowers feed the bees and butterflies, which he loved caring for so much. He’s not buried very far from this field,” Joan added.

Just 200 feet away from the poppy field lies Mateo’s grave. The couple said that looking at the flower fields give them peace, knowing that their beloved son is watching over them. Though Mateo’s death was very sad and tragic, Joan and John still see their son as a hero who fought and died for their country. YouTube

The four-acre field of white, red and blue flowers is not just for the couple to enjoy. A lot of veterans also find solace in this breath-taking flower field when they visit the cemetery. The couple is glad when veterans who have PTSD talk to them and say how much peace they feel when they look at the colorful flowers.

They believe that Mateo is not only watching over them but also his fellow soldiers suffering from PTSD. Even people who are not veterans find interest in this beautiful farm. Whatever it is that they are struggling with in life, the amazing field of flowers seems to take all their worries away. YouTube

“I think, for the most part, we live in a world where people don’t provide enough beauty, or think about it, or how much it could mean to them. So, maybe when they encounter situations like this, they begin to realize how much they need it,” Joan said.

Seeing how the flower fields always become the “calm in the storm” for many visitors, the couple encourages more people to visit their field of poppies. They only have a few rules for visitors to follow: don’t walk in the fields and don’t pick flowers. Facebook

Of course, this field of flowers is very precious for the couple so they are only looking after it. If you would like to visit, simply follow their rules and find yourself in great solace, watching the spectacular view of beautiful and colourful flowers. You can find the farm at 5859 124th Avenue in Fennville, Michigan.

What a unique way to honor and remember a family member! Truly, losing a loved one is a hard battle but their memories and their love will stay in our hearts forever.

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Sign Petition: A Trauma Registry Would Save Injured US Military Working Dogs

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While a trauma registry is available that keeps track of the injuries of two-legged U.S. military members, there is no trauma registry for the military working dogs (MWDs) who put their lives on the line to save these troops. Over 90 MWDs died in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to 2013. The majority of those deaths were from gunshot wounds, explosions and heat-related stress. A military working dog trauma registry would be crucial to saving the lives of these heroes, according to a registry strategic planning group that includes representatives from the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Veterinary Service. The registry would contain information about MWD injuries and deaths, which would help improve training for veterinarians and the dogs’ handlers. It could lead to better protection gear for the dogs and more effective treatments for their injuries. A trauma registry would cost about $300,000 to set up and about $115,000 each year to maintain. The Department of Defense has a budget of over $600 billion, so this seems like a relatively tiny price to pay to help save the lives of these dogs. Please sign and share this petition urging the Department of Defense to fund a military working dog trauma registry to help prevent the deaths of these four-legged heroes. Photo credit: Spc. Tyler Meister/The U.S. Army

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Belgian Students Commemorate 100 Years By Restoring Graves of WW1 Soldiers «TwistedSifter

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To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I; Belgian students cleaned, repainted and restored 250 graves spread over 5 cemeteries in Oostkamp and surrounding municipalities.

The idea was to honour and remember the brave soldiers of World War I, and ensure that their identification and data remains clearly legible for all visitors wishing to pay their respects.

The pupils who volunteered for the effort were art students currently enrolled in painting classes.

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North Korea returns remains of soldiers missing since Korean War

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North Korea returns remains of soldiers missing since Korean War
By Joe Tacopino

North Korea has turned over the potential remains of US soldiers who have been missing since the Korean war — part of a commitment made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to President Trump.

A US Air Force plane carrying 55 cases of remains landed at Osan Air Base in South Korea where a formal ceremony will be held on August 1, the White House said in a statement Thursday night.

Also on the plane were technical experts from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

“It is a solemn obligation of the United States Government to ensure that the remains are handled with dignity and properly accounted for so their families receive them in an honorable manner,” the statement read.

The agreement to return the remains were made during a historic summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore last month.

The White House said the move was the first step in achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

https://nypost.com/2018/07/26/north-korea-returns-remains-of-soldiers-missing-since-korean-war/?utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_alert&utm_content=20180726&mpweb=755-7148561-719298164

Petition: Demand an End to the U.S. Military Housing Dog Breed Ban!

by: Laura G
target: Residential Communities Initiative

15,471 SUPPORTERS
16,000 GOAL

The movie “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” tells the tale of the most decorated war dog in U.S. history. Thanks to his ability to sniff out mustard gas and hear the whine of artillery shells before his fellow human soldiers could, Stubby saved countless lives during World War I. He was the only military dog ever promoted to sergeant.

It’s hard to believe, but today, this hero would likely be turned away from military housing on U.S. Army (and Marine Corps and Air Force) bases. Why? Because Stubby could be considered a pit bull mix, one of several “dangerous” breeds (Staffordshire bull terriers, bull mastiffs, Rhodesian ridgebacks and Doberman pinschers are some of the others) banned from the housing.

After military housing was privatized in 1996, the Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Privatization Program consortium, consisting of six private companies, was created to develop consistent housing policies. Sadly, those policies included a dog breed ban.

Breed bans and breed-specific legislation (BSL) are unfair because they single out certain types of dogs. There is no evidence that they’ve increased public safety where they’ve been enacted. They are opposed by almost every major animal welfare organization.

Members of the military who are bravely serving our country shouldn’t have to make the terrible decision of either giving up their beloved dogs or moving to off-base housing. Please sign and share this petition urging the Residential Communities Initiative to drop its unfair breed ban.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/905/424/527/demand-an-end-to-the-u.s.-military-housing-dog-breed-ban/

Petition · Defence Animal Centre: Save our veteran dogs · Change.org

Plans to put down hero service dogs Kevin, Dazz and Driver are in place to happen next week. Experience handlers have come forward to say they want to house the much love dogs, who have helped save hundreds of lives. Kevin and Dazz served in Afghanistan where they searched for explosives and Driver worked for the police force. Service dogs have saved my life on numerous occasions. We have a duty to save them.  In Afghanistan when I was on patrol the dogs found an IED in front of us, I was number three in line I was very very lucky to survive.

https://www.change.org/p/defence-animal-centre-save-our-veteran-dogs?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAOV5wwAAAAAAWiK9ORCHailiYmNjYjZmMA%3D%3D

Soldier’s dog adopted to someone else while away at training

 

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Petition: Congress: Support the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act!


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Petition · Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs: Military Survivor’s Education Benefits · Change.org


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PETITION  UPDATE: Urgent Call to Action for Marley

 

Operation Save Marley
by Please Help Marley · 157,141 supporters
PETITION UPDATE

URGENT Call to Action for Marley

Please Help Marley

JUL 28, 2016 — CALL TO ACTION #1
We need everyone on board for this, this could be what saves his life. We can do this!!!

1)Email the County Commissioners and let them know how you feel about this issue. Stay polite and professional! http://www.co.bay.fl.us/bocc.php

2) Call ANY Florida State House Representatives or Senators | Jay Trumbull Phone: (850) 717-5006 Don Gaetz Phone: (850) 487-5001 Gwen Graham Phone: (202) 225-5235 William Clarence Nelson Phone: (202) 224-5274 Marco Rubio Phone: (202) 224-3041 Ask that they reach out to Bay County and have Marley returned back to his family and a combat veteran

3) Contact local media(newspapers,tv and radio) and get them involved. This shouldn’t be happening, over 150,000 people understand something is wrong!

4)Reach out to regional and local media near Marley and ask for them to get involved. Panama City, Florida is the location.

Email us with how things went! pleasehelpmarley@gmail.com

LINK: http://www.rrta.org/petitions/unresolved-petitions/call-to-action-marley-in-florida/

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Four Hero Military Dogs Receive First-Ever Medal Of Courage Awards | Care2 Causes

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When men or women in the U.S. military perform exceptionally heroic acts, they are awarded with a Medal of Honor, the highest recognition of personal valor above and beyond the call of duty.

But what about military dogs who are exceptionally brave? No dog has ever been awarded a Medal of Honor. And the Purple Heart, awarded to military personnel who have been killed or injured while serving, hasn’t been awarded to a dog since World War II.

“The use of military decorations is limited to human personnel who distinguish themselves in service to the nation,” Department of Defense spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said in 2010, the American Kennel Club reports.

Although the Department of Defense may refuse to honor these four-legged heroes, they are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

The inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage awards were presented earlier this month to four dogs at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The awards are sponsored by the American Humane Association (AHA), which has worked with the U.S. military for a century, and philanthropist Lois Pope.

“In the Army, we don’t honor our dogs,” said Retired Army Specialist Brent Grommet, whose partner, Matty, received an award. “They don’t get the recognition they deserve. They don’t get the medals. So, I think it’s perfect. I think it’s about time we recognize our dogs for what they are.”
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Meet Matty and the three other military heroes who received the first-ever Medal of Courage awards.

 

 

Matty

Grommet and Matty, a Czech German shepherd, worked together as a bomb-detection team in Afghanistan. Matty saved the lives of Grommet and others in their unit more than once. While dodging mortar fire during an ambush, Matty and Grommet managed to clear a helicopter landing zone of IEDs (improvised explosion devices).

The two were riding in a truck when it was hit with roadside bombs. Both were flown back to the U.S. to be treated for their injuries. Although Grommet had completed the paperwork to adopt Matty, his beloved partner was mistakenly given to someone else. With the help of AHA, they were eventually reunited. Now Matty is a service dog for Grommet, continuing to have his back as he helps him deal with his visible and invisible war wounds.

Fieldy

This black Lab served four combat tours in Afghanistan as an explosives-detection dog, saving many lives by tracking down IEDs buried in the sand and hidden out of sight. For seven months, Fieldy also provided emotional support to his handler, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Nick Caceres.

After Fieldy was honorably discharged from the service, AHA helped reunite him with Caceres, and they continue to be inseparable.

Bond

Bond, a Belgian Malinois, served on 50 combat missions, with three tours in Afghanistan. As a multi-purpose dog, Bond helped saved plenty of lives by apprehending enemies and detecting explosives. But both Bond and his handler, who was not identified due to security reasons, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When he returned to the U.S., poor Bond knocked out his own teeth trying to chew his way out of a kennel during a thunderstorm. He was adopted by his former handler, and the two support each other as they deal with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. His handler said Bond will help make his transition back to civilian life much easier.

Isky

For a year, Isky, a German shepherd, and his handler, U.S. Army Sgt. Wess Brown, worked together to protect the lives of VIPs, from the Secretary of State in Africa to the President of the United States in Berlin. While on tour in the Middle East as an explosives-detection dog, Isky discovered five IEDs and 10 weapon caches. He also found a 120-pound bomb buried nearly two feet underground.

Unfortunately Isky lost a leg when he was struck by an IED, but he continues to work – as a PTSD service dog for Brown. “I feel safe with him every time we go anywhere,” Brown told ABC News. “That’s why he’s around.”

Photo credit: American Humane Association.

Virginia motorists spot white UN ‘combat vehicles’ on the interstate | Daily Mail Online

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petition: Stop redeploying war dogs for profit. Allow soldiers to adopt their heroic war dogs.

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Christians form militia of 4,000 to fight ISIS in Iraq

Group matching veterans with retired K-9s

Stop Fracking that Endangers Marine Wildlife – ForceChange

Stop Fracking that Endangers Marine Wildlife – ForceChange.