Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families

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Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families
Statistics show 1 in 4 Military Deaths are Non-Combat Related; an unacceptable number for Military Families and for our Country’s National Security and Defense.

Each month the Department of Defense releases historically high suicide statistics. However, upon closer examination anyone can see it is releasing numbers based on assumptions and incomplete death investigations.

Although the Cause and Manner of these Military Non-Combat Deaths may differ, the similarity of inadequate Military Death Investigations and the disrespect for the Military Deceased and Bereaved Military Families is consistent.

Inadequate Military Death Investigations and Human Rights Violations involving Death Investigations of U.S Military Deceased have been documented for decades. The resulting damage from these flawed investigations include military families being given incorrect information relating to their loved ones death; up to and including an incorrect official cause of death.

Our country is spending countless tax dollars to fund programs aimed at reducing PTSD suicides, yet many of these “suicides” may actually be murders, medical negligence or accidents.

To support this, there is an increasing number of military families being put in the position of having to investigate their loved ones death. Amassing evidence that includes, witness statements, forensic/crime scene reconstruction and medical reports, these military families have no unbiased, independent forum in which to present evidence and challenge a flawed investigation.

Please join the organization Military Families for Justice in petitioning the United States government to adopt mandates protecting the human rights of our military families with a Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families.

This all-encompassing Bill will provide an avenue to justice for every Bereaved Military Family by mandating the following:

• Human Rights to Bereaved Military Families enforcing assurances their loved ones deaths will be correctly and thoroughly investigated and that all evidence collected be preserved indefinitely in one central and controlled location.

• Right of Bereaved Military Families to an Independent Public Inquest Hearing where all evidence, relating to the death of the Military Deceased, be presented in its entirety irrelevant to the jurisdiction of the death (civilian, federal, Military Installation, CONUS, OCONUS property) and without statute of limitations.

• Human Rights of Bereaved Military Families by allowing them a voice and legal counsel during investigative Inquest Proceedings

• Enhanced awareness of these established rights for Bereaved Military Families by working hand-in-hand with government initiatives such as Joining Forces.

• The right of a Bereaved Military Family to fully participate and “speak for the Deceased”, with legal counsel, during the Independent Public Inquest Hearing

• The right of a Bereaved Military Family to full disclosure of all documents and evidence pertaining to the death of the Military Deceased.

• The right of a Bereaved Military Family, at Inquest, to enter into evidence with legal counsel, discovery of all information relating to the death of the Military Deceased.

• The right of a Bereaved Military Family, at Inquest, to challenge, with legal counsel and expert witness testimony, all evidence and testimony relating to the death of the Military Deceased

• The right of a Bereaved Military Family to subpoena witnesses

• The right of the Bereaved Military Family to have all records, proven to be inaccurate, false or unsupported, to be permanently removed from the official record of the Military Deceased

Please join us in our efforts to put an end to this injustice!

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As in any suicide the big question is WHY? But, when you are told that your son committed suicide and you finally get the police report and the autopsy report and there are so many discrepancies, now not only do you have the big question of WHY? you also have the other big question Was my son killed? No parent should have to go through the 1st question let alone add a 2nd. These questions go through my mind on a daily basis.
It absolutely SICKENS me that the military feels entitled to keep secrets from the grieving! There should be severe, severe, consequences for those lying to the survivors of fallen soldiers! I hope and pray for justice for those who lost their life while in the military. Openness and Transparency can be the only way forward!
We Miss You Donald Anthony Wilder and pray for justice for you and your family every day!
Let us have a voice! Our children deserve that!!
In memory of Cpl Andrew White
I just saw a Facebook post regarding Lavena Johnson, a soldier that was killed in Iraq and ruled a suicide. Evidence indicates a likely rape and murder. Why is this case considered closed?
In memory of Pvt. Sammuel Mercouriou
For a friend who will never know, I hope Sammy's family does find peace.
For Sammy and all the others who have no voice with which to speak.
"1 out of 3 Military Suicides are Murder" I believe my Son (SFC Ricky J. Wallace" death was not a Suicide!!
In memory of Pvt. Sammuel Mercouriou.
In memory of Sgt. Christopher Lovins Fort Campbell, KY