Veterans Disability Attorney Fausone Notes Pentagons Proposal Of New Steps In Light Of Military Sexual Assaults
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2013 – The Pentagon has announced new plans to shore up protection for victims of sexual assault, more closely control the behavior of recruiters and trainers, and track sexual assault complaints.
“Steps to protect our troops from any unwanted sexual advances and assaultive behaviors are to be commended,” stated James Fausone, a veterans disability attorney.
Steps include better enforcement of policies which prohibit inappropriate relationships, establishing an advocacy group within each service branch for victims which provides representation and legal advice for those with complaints of sexual assault, and disqualifying troop members who have backgrounds including sexual assault from roles as counselors, instructors or recruiters.
Meanwhile, an airman who was assigned to the Air Force Academy was convicted in August of aggravated sexual conduct against his fellow female airman at a general court martial. The airman received a sentence of 15 months confinement. He was also reduced in grade to airman basic, and he was dishonorably discharged by a panel of officers. The conviction was just the latest in a series of high-profile military sexual assault cases as the Defense Department and Congress attempt to determine the best way to prosecute sexual assault cases.
The now-former chief of the Air Force sexual assault prevention and response branch, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, was arrested easier this year after allegedly committing sexual battery against a woman not far from the Pentagon after exiting a strip club. The ensuing fallout has thrown a harsh spotlight on sexual assault and misconduct against fellow officers in all branches of the service. Krusinski’s post is now held by a woman who had been hired to investigate the assault by trainers of female recruits in Texas, at Lackland Air Force Base.
The Defense Department is currently looking at how to expand an Air Force program which offers special counsel to service members who allege that they are the victims of unwanted sexual conduct or sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact.
There were an estimated 26,000 unwanted sexual contact incidents in 2012 experienced by active-duty troops.
Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800
- Social Security Launches Expedited Veteran Disability Process
Kristina Derro, Esq. Veterans Disability Lawyer The government has launched a new process to expedite Social Security disability claims for a special category of veterans, the Social Security Administration announced Tuesday, March 18. Under the new process, Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent [...]
- Veterans going through VA appeals process wait an average of over 900 days
Kristina Derro, Esq. The Department of Veterans Affairs’s (VA) “appeals resolution time” shot up to 923 days in fiscal year 2013 – that’s up 37% from 675 in the previous year, according to the department’s annual performance report. The appeals resolution time is the average time it takes for a denied claim to work [...]
- On Their Own: Children of Veterans Facing Mental Health Issues
We often report on the issues and hardships facing our nation’s veterans. But what many don’t realize is the impact these returning veterans have on families and their children. Life goes on after and life beyond the touching homecoming video clip or news report and it is not always a “happily-ever-after” scenario. It’s estimated [...]
- New Studies Show Soil Dust May be “Smoking Gun” for Illnesses Among Iraq Vets
Jim Fausone, Esq Veteran Disability Lawyer Many veterans experience respiratory problems after returning from active duty, and this has been even more common for those who have served in the Persian Gulf region. Iraq War veterans often think their respiratory problems stem from smoke from a burn pit – however, this assumption may be [...]