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INSPIRED BY CENTRAL COAST VETERAN, REPS. CARBAJAL AND BACON INTRODUCE NEW BIPARTISAN BILL TO SUPPORT VETERAN SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Citing stigma and late reporting trends, lawmakers with military background propose calculating veterans benefits for sexual trauma retroactive to separation from service rather than date of benefit claim
Today, Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) and Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to support U.S. veterans who experienced sexual trauma during their service by updating how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) calculates benefits related to those injuries.
The Veteran Restitution and Justice Act would change the effective date of a veteran’s claim to allow veterans who experience sexual trauma during their service to receive retroactive disability benefits, starting from the date after their discharge from service rather than the claim file date.
The bill text can be found here.Read the full release here.