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Baucus & Tester Speak Out On Military Assaults

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A report showing that from 2008 to 2012 the Department of Veterans Affairs approved the PTSD Disability benefit claims for survivors of military sexual trauma, but these were far below the PTSD claims unrelated to military sexual trauma.

Tester respond by saying "this disturbing news shows that we still have much more work to do to make sure survivors of military sexual trauma are treated the same as other veterans.  I appreciate the service from women's action network's efforts to support sexual assault survivors, and I will continue to fight to get all veterans the benefits they deserve." 

Baucus also commented that we need to focus on getting these people the resources they need, "we've got to do more to encourage folks to come forward and stop sexual violence from taking place."  The report shows that a higher percentage of men had their claims denied and that there is a strong variation in how VA Regional Offices treat disability claims.

This is a bigger deal than ever before, because according to the Defense Department, there were more than 3,500 reports of sexual assault in the military from October 2012 to June 2013, nearly a fifty percent increase over the same period from the previous year.

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