Photo: U.S. Army/Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Inspector General pushed back against Secretary Robert Wilkie last week, after Wilkie called an allegation of sexual assault in a D.C. facility "unsubstantiated."

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Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten appears at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2019. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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Faced with a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a subordinate female officer, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, strenuously maintains that he is innocent.

However, he said, the experience of being accused has made him more aware of the problem of military sexual assault — and now he wants to be part of the solution.

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The entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (Associated Press/Patrick Semansky)

The conviction of a former Naval Academy midshipman for sexually assaulting a female midshipman while she slept has been overturned.

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The monument will feature 35-foot tall flame with a bronze band covered in the names of women veterans (Monument & Museum to Women Veterans website)

A museum and monument dedicated to women veterans could soon stand at the Pensacola's old Amtrak station building.

Michelle Caldwell, who is behind the nonprofit Monument to Women Veterans, is in the process of raising money for the roughly $2 million project. When finished, the project will include a monument, as well as a museum with conference rooms, a shop and office space for veterans.

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(Department of Veterans Affairs photo)

The United States government has agreed to pay $6.97 million to settle dozens of civil lawsuits filed by military veterans sexually abused during medical exams in Kansas, attorneys for the veterans announced Tuesday.

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A new report from the Pentagon's Inspector General puts the severity of military sexual assault in a new context: It's more likely to result in post-traumatic stress disorder than going into combat.

According to the IG's report released on Monday — Top DoD Management Challenges - Fiscal Year 2020 — 45% of women and 65% of men who reported being raped met criteria for PTSD, compared to 38.8% of men who had PTSD from experiencing combat.

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