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house Bill H.R. 2527

Sexual Trauma Counseling for Incidents That Occurred During Inactive Duty Training

Argument in favor

Reservists are rape victims in exactly the same way that active duty personnel are rape victims, and should be afforded the same access to counseling.

Argument opposed

In regard to free counseling for rape victims, none. This bill is, however, likely to mean more responsibilities for a very iffy VA system.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed May 28th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 26th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 2527?

This bill would extend a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) counseling program to veterans experiencing sexual trauma from incidents that occurred during inactive duty training. Such counseling and services are already in place for National Guard members who are victims of sexual assault while on active duty; this bill applies those same, gratis services to inactive duty training incidents. 

Impact

The bill most directly impacts National Guard members who are victims of sexual assault during inactive duty training.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2527

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

More Information

Media: 

Rep. Dana Titus (D-NV Press Release

Of Note: 

-The Pentagon estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2013: an average of 70 sexual assaults per day.  

(Photo Credit: Salem News)

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide veterans with counseling and treatment for sexual trauma that occurred during inactive duty training.

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