Bill would improve services for veterans who face violence
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Martha McSally of Arizona have reintroduced a bill to improve services for veterans experiencing domestic or sexual violence.
The bill would connect the veterans with resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs and improve coordination between the VA and local domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers.
Shaheen, a Democrat, and McSally, a Republican, say it would help ensure no veteran attempting to leave an abusive situation is turned away for assistance due to a lack of resources. They say according to the VA, about a third of women veterans experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime.