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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Senator Jon Tester re-introduce bill to help survivors of military sexual assault

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Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Montana Senator Jon Tester re-introduced the Ruth Moore Act today, a bill that will make it easier forsurvivors of military sexual assault to get the benefits they deserve. Congressman Bruce Poliquin joined the effort as the lead Republican cosponsor in the House. "The sexual assault of someone who has volunteered to serve and defend this country is a crime ...

Pingree is joined by 23 other Members of Congress to support lawsuit against VA

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Pingree is joined by 23 other Members of Congress to support lawsuit against VA 12/19/14 Suit demands VA treat survivors of sexual assault and victims of combat-related PTSD equally Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was joined by 23 other members of the House of Representatives yesterday in filing a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit aimed at forcing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to trea...

Pingree leads effort to urge VA to reform claims process for sexual assault claims

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Independent evaluation she requested found big differences in how veterans are treated from one office to another Congresswoman Chellie Pingree led 31 of her House colleagues in asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to make changes in the way they handle disability claims for survivors of military sexual assault (MST). In a letter to Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, Pingree and her colleagues h...

Pingree reacts to investigation into VA treatment of sexual assault survivors

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Says independent evaluation she requested shows big differences in how veterans are treated from one office to another >> >>The full GAO report can be viewed and downloaded here Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today that a Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report she had requested shows continued problems in the way the Department of Veterans Affairs treats veterans who were the victims...

Pingree helps Maine veteran get $405,000 in benefits for claims denied by VA

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Ruth Moore was first denied benefits in 1993; Pingree asked officials to reopen case and reconsider decision Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs called Navy Veteran Ruth Moore today to tell her they had made a "clear and unmistakable error" in denying her veterans benefits in 1993 and agreed to pay her over $405,000 in back benefits owed to her. Moore was the victim of sexual assaul...

Statement on Pentagon report about sexual assault at service academies

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement today, after the Department of Defense released their annual report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies. "This report shows progress in changing attitudes toward sexual assault at our country's service academies," Pingree said. "But it also shows there is still a lot of work to do. The report found that c...

Tester, Pingree question Intelligence Director over security clearance reversal

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Lawmakers vow to continue fighting to protect survivors of sexual assault Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) are demanding that the U.S. Director of National Intelligence once again eliminate a requirement that forces survivors of sexual assault in the military to declare whether they sought counseling for sexual trauma when applying for a security clearance....

Leading veterans groups join call to change benefit standards for survivors of military sexual assault

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's legislation would make it easier for victims of assault The Vietnam Veterans of American (VVA) and Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) have joined the call for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make it easier for survivors of military sexual assault to get benefits. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has introduced legislation (the Ruth Moore Act) to make tho...

VA agrees to Pingree request to reopen claims process for sexual assault survivors

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Pingree says VA efforts to communicate change fall short; sets up web page to help veterans For resources on the review process, go to pingree.house.gov/mstclaims Congresswoman Chellie Pingree welcomed the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has agreed to her request to reexamine previously denied disability claims from sexual assault survivors, but says the VA is doing a poor of jo...

VIDEO: Major legislation to help veterans who are victims of sexual assault is approved

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House unanimously passes the Ruth Moore Act House unanimously passes the Ruth Moore Act For more information on the bill, go to pingree.house.gov/mst The U.S. House today unanimously passed a bill written by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree aimed at making it easier for veterans who survive military sexual assault to get benefits. "The Ruth Moore Act will make a big difference in the lives of tens o...

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