Senator optimistic for passage of sex assault bill - US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand thinks she has the votes to pass legislation that would remove commanders from sexual assault investigations, and says a vote could come as soon as this week.
In the News: Military Sex Assault Trial Showcases 2 Approaches to Prosecution - As one major battle over sexual assault in the military plays out in North Carolina this week, another is set to unfold in Washington. Lawmakers in Washington are expected to take up debate on a far-reaching rewrite of military law that would strip commanders of the power to decide which allegations of sexual assault and other serious crimes go to trial, and turn that power over to military prosecutors.
In the News: Long-Delayed Military Sexual Assault Bills Scheduled for Senate Debate - Senate leaders have agreed to allow floor debate on two long-delayed bills aimed at reforming how the military handles sexual assault cases.
In the News: Survey Finds More Support for Veterans and Military Students at Public Colleges
In the News: Fewer Army women want combat-related jobs- A survey of the Army’s nearly 170,000 women showed that less than 8 percent of the 30,000 who responded said they wanted a combat job. Of those, an overwhelming number said they would like to be a Night Stalker — a member of elite special-operations helicopter crews.
OpEd: Our Military: Fighting To Keep Its Culture of Abuse - Our military commanders should show courage and let go of authority over sexual assault cases, end retaliation for reporting and eliminate the abuse culture, says Vietnam veteran Sarah L. Blum.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched a Women Veterans hotline – 1.855.VA.WOMEN (829.6636) – to help women veterans and their families learn about the department's healthcare services and resources.
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