Veterans Applaud Senators Reid and Heller for Supporting Military Sexual Trauma Survivors

Veterans Applaud Senators Reid and Heller for Supporting Military Sexual Trauma Survivors

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Veterans Applaud Senators Reid and Heller for Supporting Military Sexual Trauma Survivors 

Military Justice Improvement Act Critical to Reforming Broken System

WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2013) – Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) applauds Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller from Nevada for becoming the 49th and 50th Senators to publicly support the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA).  Sixty votes are needed in the Senate to include the MJIA in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“Today, Senators Reid and Heller stepped up and got our veterans’ backs. The bipartisan support of Senators Reid and Heller for the Military Justice Improvement Act is huge,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of IAVA.  “When the Department of Defense reported that there were an estimated 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact in the military in 2012, it was a massive wake-up call. Senators Reid and Heller are making a real difference for Nevada veterans by supporting reform that would result in a stronger military justice system for our servicewomen and servicemen.”

The Military Justice Improvement Act is essential to protecting survivors of military sexual assault, as well as strengthening the health and well being of our military. It would put decisions of whether to move cases involving serious crimes to a court martial in the hands of experienced military prosecutors, establishing a more impartial justice system that will balance aggressive prosecution with the rights of the accused. 

This week, IAVA is mobilizing members nationwide, in Washington and online to support the MJIA. IAVA is also encouraging all Americans to call their Senators and encouraging them to stand with IAVA and its allies on this important issue. 

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 270,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. 

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