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Treatment for Military Sexual Assault Examined by House Committee

On November 17, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on several bills, including H.R. 1603, the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act.

Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), the measure would make eligible for treatment in a non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility a veteran who was a victim of sexual assault sustained during active duty.

Speaking in support of the legislation, Susan Moseley, veteran, U.S. Army, said, “I am asking you all to pass the Military Save Act for the men and women who have suffered through the predators within our military. This legislation would help to give hope to begin to be healthy, productive members of society. Directing my own care with great female health care providers in my hometown and not fearing going to the doctor is necessary. Unfortunately, there are veterans across this country who suffer from MST and if they don’t get help they need, they could become a burden at the state level when we have already fought for our country and help these victims have a chance to be productive members of society.”

The following witnesses also testified:

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