Congresswoman Jackie Walorski reintroduces bill to help military sexual trauma victims

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Congresswoman Jackie Walorski has reintroduced a bipartisan bill designed to help survivors of military sexual trauma access treatment through the VA.

She worked on the bill with Democrat Annie Kuster of New Hampshire. It makes survivors of such trauma eligible for benefits to cover expenses when they have to travel long distances for treatment.

Walorski said Friday that there is “no excuse for putting up barriers to treatment for survivors of military sexual trauma,” and that there is a responsibility to ensure our veterans get the care and services they earned.

The Department of Defense estimates there were approximately 19,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact among service-members in 2014.

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