Add Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler to the list of legislators fed up with the way the military is handling sexual assault allegations. She and the rest of the House Armed Services Committee have proposed legislation called the National Defense Authorization Act. The Act takes away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault case and requires an offender at least be dismissed from service or dishonorably discharged.
“Men and women who volunteer to serve their country, and their parents who send their children into the military, need to have confidence, and know they will be taken care of, and that they will be treated with respect,” says Hartzler.
Congresswoman Hartzler, who joined us on The Eagle Eye Drive at Five, says she’s hearing there were an estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in the military last year alone.
She says the measure features other aspects, including a small pay raise for soldiers, and protection against a proposed relocation of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood or Whiteman Air Force Base.
” It just covers all aspects of the military, and makes sure they have the equipment and resources they need,” says Hartzler.
The full House of Reps will likely vote on the proposal next week. Both Missouri Senators, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, have also come out in support of a similar measure.