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Kaine joins efforts to end military sexual assaults

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVR) — Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is joining efforts to end military sexual assaults.

Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, co-sponsored two bills Wednesday.

One proposal is aimed at easing the process sexual assault victims undertake to get disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The other plan tightens restrictions on a commanders’ ability to overrule sentences in military sex abuse cases.

The proposed legislation comes as a sexual assault response officer is being investigated at Fort Hood for alleged sexual abuse.

A  Virginia officer on the Air Force’s sexual assault response team is accused of groping a woman in a parking lot.