Sending Office: Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Violence Against Women’s Veterans Act of 2019,

Endorsing Veterans Service Organizations: American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Blinded Veterans Association, Non-Commissioned Officers Association

116th Original Cosponsors: Rep. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Watson Coleman, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep. Pallone Jr., Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Mark Pocan,
Rep. Jackie Spier, Rep. Ben Ray Luján
, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Ann Kuster, Rep André Carson, Rep Ron Kind, Rep. Anthony G. Brown, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Mark
DeSaulnier, Rep. Val Demings, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, Rep. Ed Case, Rep. Chellie Pingree, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Steve Cohen

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.  Nationwide countless victims have said: Enough.  We must join their efforts and take a hard stand against sexual assault and domestic violence. Today, I ask you to stand up for our servicemembers
who have been victims of domestic violence, and too often don’t know how to find help.

Based on a 2014 study examining prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST), it is estimated that one-third of females in the military screen positive for MST, and the rates are higher for younger veterans.[1]
That is why I am re-introducing the Violence Against Women Veterans Act. This vital legislation aims to combat the epidemic of domestic violence that is much too common in our country today. The
Violence Against Women Veterans Act seeks to improve the services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by requiring an integration of those services with proven, existing community-based programs that serve domestic violence or sexual
assault victims.

The Violence Against Women Veterans Act also establishes a National Task Force on Domestic Violence to gather information on how to best provide comprehensive support to our veterans and seeks to create a network of local coordinators that
facilitate cooperation between the VA and social services and assist domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in providing services to veterans.

I hope you will join me in providing veterans who experience domestic violence or sexual assault with the critical resources to knock down barriers and guarantee they receive the help and support needed.

To become a cosponsor, view language, or for more information, please contact Monica Garay on my staff at


[1] Cichowski, Sara et al. “Female Veterans’ Experiences with VHA Treatment for Military Sexual Trauma.” Federal practitioner : for the health care professionals of the VA, DoD, and PHS vol. 36,1 (2019):

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