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Military Sexual Trauma

VIDEO: Pingree Presses VA Secretary on Military Sexual Trauma Claims Processing, Clean-up of Forever Chemicals at Military Installations

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WASHINGTON, DC—In a House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee hearing today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis R. McDonough on how the Department is working to improve Military Sexual Trauma claims processing, as well as the VA’s efforts to improve communication with veterans who may have…

In FY2022 NDAA, Pingree Champions Support for Survivors of Military Sexual Assault, Growth of BIW Workforce

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) on Tuesday voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY2022). The compromise defense bill authorizes three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, builds on previous attempts to close the pay gap by authorizing support for a 2.7 percent pay increase for our service men and women in uniform, and makes…

Pingree, Tester, Murkowski Reintroduce Bill to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to improve access to resources and care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST).   The Servicemember and Veterans’ Empowerment and Support Act, which is adapted from their 2019 version of…

Video Recap: Pingree Pushes VA Secretary for Commitment to Address Military Sexual Trauma Compensation Claims

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As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today asked President Biden’s new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough for his commitment to examine and ease the evidentiary standard for disability claims filed by survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). “Military sexual…

Pingree’s Initiatives to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma, Veterans with Dementia Pass U.S. House

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Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 7105, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvements Act, a comprehensive veterans’ bill including improvements supported by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), with several provisions she authored as part of H.R. 1092, the Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support…

VIDEO: In Military Sexual Trauma Hearing, Pingree Speaks on Bill to Support Survivors

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In a hearing for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Congresswoman Pingree spoke in support of her bill, H.R. 1092, The Servicemember and Veterans’ Empowerment and Support Act. Pingree’s bill would improve resources and care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). “Women and men who have experienced military sexual…

Pingree introduces bill with Tester, Murkowski to help military service members who have been sexually harassed online

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Amid reports that nude photos of dozens of female service members were shared online without their consent, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is joining Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing a bill (H.R. 1954) to ensure that veterans who have been the victims of sexual harassment online have access to counseling and benefits.   Building on…

Ruth Moore Act provision clears important legislative step

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The House today passed a key provision from the Ruth Moore Act, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s legislation to help survivors of military sexual trauma obtain disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Reporting language was included in a larger package of veterans-related legislation, the bipartisan Veterans Healthcare and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016,…

Blumenthal & Pingree call for reforms to outdated DoD discharge policies regarding survivors of military sexual assault

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On the heels of a Human Rights Watch report that documents and draws attention to the experience of survivors of military sexual trauma, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) wrote Secretary of Defense Ash Carter urging the Pentagon to reform their procedures for reviewing the cases of veterans…

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