An Important Message from Marty Klein
Hi Friends of BlindAlive,
I decided to post this important request from my friend Marty Klein. He created Blind Yoga. Now he is working on an important project that will effect a much-needed change in our military policies. I hope you will read this and take action to help Marty help all of us.
I have never signed an online petition before, and I was afraid it might be hard to do with a screen reader. It wasn’t, and I did it, so give it a try.
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Let Disabled Veterans Serve in the Military.”
It feels good to take a strong and positive action for a worthwhile cause.
Marty Klein says,
We are currently in the middle of the making of a film that will bring to the light the unintended discrimination of people with disabilities by the United States military. Currently if you are wounded in combat, or for that matter, injured on the job on any military base while serving, the only way you can remain in the military is if you heal completely from your wounds and can continue to do the job you were trained to do. There are a few soldiers who were disabled in combat who are still serving, but the numbers are few and those lucky ones were chosen on a case by case basis. We’d like to see a policy change that will insure a path of rehabilitation and retraining, if necessary, for wounded and disabled soldiers, so many of them can still have a chance at a military career and a life of dignity. Too many are dying every day and we must do something to stop this tragedy.
It is our belief that, once implemented, this policy change will eventually lead to a decrease of Veteran suicides, increase the morale amongst soldiers who become disabled, and add an important diversity to the military that at this time is lacking in most places.
According to Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense, “…There is no room in our military for any form of discrimination.” We believe he is sincere, and our task is to make sure that soldiers with disabilities are included.
1. Please take the time to help us bring the Why Can’t We Serve project, such an important issue, to the attention of the White House and the nation by adding your name to the White House petition we have created.
2. We are seeking endorsements, financial assistance and support from national disabled liberation organizations and veteran rights organizations. We are offering associate producer credits and a chance for supporting organizations to be featured in the film. Contact us for more information.
3. We are seeking celebrities to help us raise visibility to garner the funds needed to complete the documentary. If you have any leads or connections to share, we are eager to hear from you.
4. Go to www.whycantweserve.com to watch the 6 minute documentary trailer. Share it! Spread the word!
Why Can’t We Serve Producer & Director