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S.294: Ruth Moore Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Jon Tester, D-Mont.
Total Cosponsors 28 (25 Democrats, 1 Independent, 2 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 13, 2013
Latest Major Action June 12, 2013
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Bill Summary

Ruth Moore Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), in any case in which a veteran claims that a covered mental health condition was incurred in or aggravated by military sexual trauma during active duty, to accept as sufficient proof of service-connection a diagnosis by a mental health professional together with satisfactory lay or other evidence of such trauma and an opinion by the mental health professional that such condition is related to such trauma, if consistent with the circumstances, conditions, or hardships of such service, notwithstanding the fact that there is no official record of such incurrence or aggravation in such service, and to resolve every reasonable doubt in favor of the veteran. Allows such service-connection to be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.

Includes as a "covered mental health condition" post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health diagnosis that the ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 12, 2013 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-111.
Feb. 13, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.