Pending Legislation To Help Veterans Receive Benefits for Sexual Assault

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill to attempt to make it simpler for veterans to prove sexual assault claims.  The bill is name for Ruth Moore, a Navy veteran who spent 23 years pursuing her claim for disability compensation benefits as a result of sexual assault.

Kellie Lunney’s Article

There is an excellent article by Kellie Lunney on the pending legislation that notes that more than 85,000 men and women received outpatient treatment in 2012 for conditions related to military sexual trauma.  Since many incidents of sexual assault are not immediately reported, they may not appear in a veteran’s service record.  This makes the evidentiary requirements for proving sexual assault claims extremely important.  The House bill and a bill currently pending in the Senate seek to relax the VA’s current evidentiary standards to place them more in line with the recently amended evidentiary standards for PTSD claims.

 

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
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