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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree invited to White House this morning to discuss sexual assault in the military

Her bill to ease claims process for victims passed by House committee yesterday

 

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will be joined by a small bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators at the White House this morning to discuss the crisis of sexual assault in the military.  Pingree and the group will meet with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

"It's clear the President is very frustrated with the problem of sexual assault in the military—a problem that seems to be getting worse, not better," Pingree said.  "He's committed to tackling the problem head-on and the meeting this morning is an excellent step in the right direction."

 

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 thefull House is expected in the weeks to come.

 

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.

 

 

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