The Los Angeles Times (7/19, Goldberg) said that on Wednesday, veteran Ruth Moore spoke about her struggle to obtain post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) benefits from Veterans Affairs after she was raped by a superior in the Navy. She made her comments while testifying before a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee. According to the Times, US Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is “sponsoring a bill that would allow victims of military sexual trauma seeking disability benefits to provide only a diagnosis of PTSD and an opinion from a doctor that an assault could have caused the disorder.” Pingree stated, “It’s outrageous that men and women who sign up to defend our country end up being victims of sexual assault in the first place. Then to deny them the help they need to recover is simply unacceptable.”
— “Military sex assault victims’ PTSD claims neglected, panel told, “Jamie Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2012.