NORFOLK, VA — Congresswoman Elaine Luria today issued the following statement after VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a troubling report on Military Sexual Trauma claims within the Veterans Benefit Administration.
“The findings released today by the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General are chilling and a devastating reminder of VA’s inability to grapple with the issue of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Almost three in five MST claims were not processed correctly and previous recommendations from 2018 have not been fully implemented. These claims are often the gateway for MST survivors to access high-quality medical treatment in addition to other benefits the VA provides. As Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, we will pursue the much-needed reforms and oversight that VA has repeatedly failed to implement.”