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Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Amendments to Protect Military Sexual Assault Survivors Pass as Part of U.S. House Annual Defense Bill

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Washington, DC, July 14, 2017 | comments
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler successfully added two amendments to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the U.S. House today. These amendments seek to restore rights to survivors of military sexual assault, and were part of the bill she introduced on Wednesday entitled the Protecting Military Honor Act of 2017.
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U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler successfully added two amendments to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the U.S. House today. These amendments seek to restore rights to survivors of military sexual assault, and were part of the bill she introduced on Wednesday entitled the Protecting Military Honor Act of 2017.

“In too many cases, survivors of sexual assault have endured additional trauma because of the manner in which they were discharged from the military. They should be getting help and support; instead they’re having their benefits and military status taken away,” said Jaime. “While we still have some distance to go, I’m pleased that the U.S. House has begun to advance pieces of my Protecting Military Honor Act of 2017 that restores justice to these individuals.” 

Section 2 Amendment:
- Requires each military branch to establish a process by which survivors of sexual assault may challenge the terms or characterization of their discharge or separation from the armed forces;

- Gives survivors of military sexual assault better information and resources they need to feel confident going before the Board for Correction of Military Records for a hearing, including what evidence they should produce in support of their claim;

- Improves the chances for survivors to receive a successful hearing.

Section 5 Amendment:

- Expands the required training of the Board for Correction of Military Records to include sexual assault training; ensures each board has a psychologist or psychiatrist who’s been trained in sexual trauma;

- Works to ensure the Boards and Department of Defense personnel understand how to handle claims in which sexual assault is alleged to have contributed to the characterization of the discharge.

*For information on the bill Jaime introduced this week to protect military sexual assault survivors, click here.
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