We are United States Military, Veterans, Families and Friends from across the Nation who have suffered as a result of the Feres doctrine. We have been denied the "right to be heard" within our federal courts arising from injuries or injustices "incident to service" occurring from the wrongful acts or omissions of individual employees in the U.S. Military, with no accountability.
VERPA Inc. was formed on December 10, 1999, under the laws of the State of Minnesota with a primary goal to expose and remedy the 1950 United States Supreme Court's decision giving rise to what is known as the "Feres doctrine." Please pass the word on about our honorable efforts to ensure military members, discharged Veterans and families are provided "equal justice under law" and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution when they are treated unfairly by those who control our government.
Over the past ten years, VERPA has achieved incredible accomplishments with limited funding and resources. We compare the struggle to the same problems George Washington and the Revolutionary Army experienced in fighting for Independence to give us the right to petition the government for redress of grievances as are clearly set forth on our national petition. We have provided pro bono procedural law guidance to pro se Veterans and families who were left to fight their service-connected injury or injustice without legal representation.
* VERPA is currently working with Congressman Hinchey on the "Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountabilty Act of 2009" Bill H.R. 1478 and Senator Schumer's Companion Bill S.1347. CBS News and the LA Times were instrumental in bringing this issue to the attention of America. They continue to support VERPA's efforts. * VERPA case studies and pro bono legal guidance and support resulted in the prevention of a 19 year Army soldier's discharge and a 220% VA disability rating within months of the soldier's honorable discharge and retirement. Further, we have helped numerous Veterans with various problems to obtain benefits, awards or records and deal directly with officials from the Department of Defense (DOD), Veterans Administration (VA) and Members of Congress in handling our "case work" initiatives to advance our proposed legislation to abolish or reform the Feres doctrine.
* Introduced the first ever grassroots proposed legislation to reform or abolishment the Feres doctrine wherein the bill of particulars, speak to the needs of all generation dating back to the inception of the unconstitutional Feres doctrine on December 4, 1950.
* Filed two United States Supreme Court Petitions for Writ of Certiorari challenging the Feres doctrine as unconstitutional in Calendar Year 2005.
We are proud to be the leaders in the fight to abolish the Feres doctrine and the facts do show, prior to December 10, 1999, the subject matter of the Feres doctrine was an unknown judicial body of law before VERPA incorporated with the primary mission to expose, reform or abolish the abomination known to all who have faced a service-connected injury or injustice ~ The Feres doctrine!
In our tenth year of operation to expose, reform or abolish the Feres doctrine and its atrocities, there is still a lot of work ahead of us. However, once the Feres doctrine injustice is truly understood by all Americans and especially our military members and families, change will happen! Therefore, to understand the mindset of the American families associated with VERPA, and what drives us; we pose the following questions to you the reader:
(1), If a loved one of yours was murdered would you demand justice?
(2), If you or a loved one was raped would you demand justice?
(3), If a loved one of yours fell ill and the doctor was so incompetent and failed to treat, because he or she was not a qualified medical professional, resulting in permanent mental or physical injury or death; would you demand justice?
(4), If your employer intentionally and deliberately injected you or a loved one with an illegal drug resulting in injury or death, (human experimentation without informed consent), would you demand justice?
(5), Do you as an American believe the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to keep us free and their families; deserve "equal protection" of the United States Constitution to redress wrongful acts or omissions of dishonorable federal employees which result in unwarranted injury or deaths?
If you responded "yes" to any of the above questions, and you or a loved one is presently serving in our military, please "help us help you!"
VERPA argues the Feres doctrine cannot and must not bar judicial review of gross/criminal acts or omissions of federal employees that injure or kill our own Citizens or legally inducted persons in the United States Armed Forces.
For the record, we do not argue for lawsuits arising from combat nor negligence per se, and we do not wish to open the courthouse doors to frivolous lawsuits. Our legislative initiatives will incorporate the same intra-military administrative remedy processes under Title 10 U.S.C. to preserve good order and discipline, however, a "safety net" judicial provision to hold accountable individuals who injure other service members via "gross/criminal" acts and omissions; is what we have long worked to prevent at VERPA.
Since we are a legal non-profit organization under the laws of the State of Minnesota, we ask that any of our copyrighted information from our web site you might wish to use to fight the Feres doctrine, not be used without the expressed written consent of VERPA Inc.
If you wish to use any of our copyrighted information on this site, please contact VERPA's President, Barb Cragnotti at email@example.com
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Equal Justice for Veterans & Families can happen via abolishment of the Feres Doctrine!