DAV Statement on DoD Commission to Address Military Sexual Assault

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DAV is pleased by today’s Defense Department directive ordering an independent commission to investigate the long-standing problem of sexual assault in our military, and by the decision to work in concert with VA to prioritize finding effective solutions. This is an important step in eliminating military sexual trauma and reforming the culture not just in DOD, but ultimately within the veteran community as well. We especially applaud the inclusion of MST survivors in this process—this gives a voice for change to those who may have felt silenced and powerless under a system that did not adequately work to prevent or address this destructive behavior. We look forward to working in partnership with DOD and VA to effect real and lasting change for our service members and veterans.