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Home | County, State and Federal Government | Pingree meets with top officials at White House to discuss growing cases of sexual assault in military Pingree asks Obama Administration to implement policies in Ruth Moore Act

Pingree meets with top officials at White House to discuss growing cases of sexual assault in military Pingree asks Obama Administration to implement policies in Ruth Moore Act

 

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and about a dozen other Representatives and Senators from both parties met with top White House officials this morning to discuss the issue of sexual assault in the military.  The bipartisan group met with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.  President Obama was traveling to Texas and could not attend.  Both Jarrett and Tchen are members of the President's Council on Women and Girls.

 

"It was a good discussion and it's clear President Obama is committed to addressing the problem of sexual assault in the military.  Sexual assault is criminal behavior that isn't tolerated in the civilian world and shouldn't be tolerated in the military—and I think the Administration gets that," Pingree said after the meeting.

 

Earlier this year, Pingree wrote and introduced the Ruth MooreAct, which is designed to make it easier for veterans who are victims of sexual assault in the military to get the benefits they are owed.  That bill passed the House Committee on Veterans Affairs yesterday with broad bipartisan support and a vote by the full House is expected in the weeks to come.  But the Veterans Administration can implement the changes without Congressional action and Pingree asked the Obama Administration to do that this morning.

 

"The bill has wide bipartisan support in Congress but the truth is the VA could do this without Congressional action, and I asked theAdministration to do just that," Pingree said.  "The VA made a similar change a few years ago for combat veterans suffering from PTSD and they can do the same thing for survivors of sexual assault."

 

Over the last two years, Pingree has become a national leader in fighting for the rights and benefits of MST survivors. She first introducedlegislation to reform the MST claims process in March 2011. She reintroduced the legislation as the Ruth Moore Act, named for a Maine veteran who fought for 23 years for disability benefits after her sexual assault.  She has been the leading advocate to change a question on the national security questionnaire, which has discouraged survivors of sexual assault from getting counseling.  Pingree also appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary about MST, The Invisible War.

 

A timeline of Pingree's efforts to reform MST policies is online at: http://www.pingree.house.gov/mst

 

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