Sanders To Lead Hearing On Effects Of Sexual Assault On Veterans

Jun 10, 2013

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is set to lead a hearing this week on the effects of sexual assaults on veterans while in the military.

Sanders is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and says he's grown increasingly concerned about recent revelations on the frequency of sexual assaults in the military.

Sanders says his committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation for the V-A to update regulations on disability compensation for veterans with mental health conditions resulting from being sexually attacked while in the service.

Sanders says his interest is prompted in part by helping a Maine woman who was raped twice by her Navy commander and later struggled for 23 years to get her disability benefits.