H.R. 2527, To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide veterans with counseling and treatment for sexual trauma that occurred during inactive duty training

H.R. 2527

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide veterans with counseling and treatment for sexual trauma that occurred during inactive duty training

Sponsor
Rep. Dina Titus

Committee
Veterans Affairs

Date
May 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 2527, To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide veterans with counseling and treatment for sexual trauma that occurred during inactive duty training.  H.R. 2527 was introduced on June 26, 2013 by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and was referred to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2527 extends the Department of Veterans Affairs program to provide counseling and treatment to veterans for sexual trauma that occurred during inactive duty training.  The program currently applies to sexual trauma that occurred during active duty or active duty for training.

Background

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides counseling and treatment for sexual trauma that occurs during active duty or active duty for training.  However, there is a gap in coverage for members of reserve components who are victims of sexual assault during inactive duty training.  This means, for example, that if assault occurs while a member of the National Guard is completing a weekend training exercise, he or she is not eligible for coverage.  H.R. 2527 addresses this gap in coverage, ensuring that National Guard and other reserve components have access to counseling and treatment for sexual trauma.

Cost

According to preliminary CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 2527 will have discretionary costs of less than $500,000 over the 2014-2019 period.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.