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Sanders To Lead Hearing On Military Sex Assaults

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File photo of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

File photo of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to lead a hearing this week on the effects of sexual assaults on veterans while in the military.

The Vermont independent is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Sanders says he’s grown increasingly concerned about recent revelations on the frequency of sexual assaults in the military.

Sanders says his committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation calling on the Veterans Administration to update regulations on disability compensation for veterans who have mental health conditions resulting from being sexually attacked while in the service.

Sanders says his interest is prompted in part by helping a Maine woman who was raped twice by her Navy commander and later struggled for 23 years to get the disability benefits she had coming.

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