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A Time for Change in the Military - The Brandon Act

We are seeking legislation called The Brandon Act that is currently being written by Congressman Seth Moulton from Massachusetts with backing from the following senators: Mike Rounds, SD, Angus King, ME, Gary Peters, MI, Tim Kaine, VA to name a few. This legislation needs to be in place to save countless military service member's lives from dying by suicide.

The Brandon Act was created because my son, PO3 AEAN Brandon Caserta, died by suicide on June 25, 2018 by jumping into the spinning rear tail rotor of a HM-60 helicopter on his Naval command's flight line, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 (HSC-28) after judging how high he needed to jump. He was bullied, hazed, retaliated against, along with many other things that his chain of command did to him. He wrote 6 letters and they all blame the Navy and HSC-28. Please go to www.thebrandonact.com for more information or go to The Brandon Act Facebook page.

The Brandon Act is designed to be a safe word that service members can use for anything like bullying, hazing, any type of abuse including sexual abuse, violence, rape, alcohol, drugs, finance, etc. It would allow service members who are in toxic abusive commands the option to leave their commands. It would allow an outside entity to conduct investigations which would take them out of the hands of the commands. Commands are allowed to conduct their own investigations which is like the fox guarding the hen house. No one would be able to cover anything up if an outside entity does the investigating. It would hold commands and the chain of commands accountable for their actions or non-actions (if someone sees something and doesn't report it). It would allow them to seek and get help without retaliation for doing so. The Brandon Act would also protect the Commanders and the chain of commands as well.

We are asking for a congressional hearing to hold commanders and commands accountable for their actions or non-actions. Please sign the petition to get The Brandon Act passed. It's time we defend our defenders.

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