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Pingree Seeks Equal Treatment for Women Veterans
12/12/2012 10:02 AM ET  

In a letter to federal VA officials, the 1st District representative says the agency isn't treating sexual disorders in male and female veterans the same way.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine congresswoman Chellie Pingree is asking the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to treat sexual disorders in women veterans the same as it does for men.

The Democrat says in a letter to the undersecretary of benefits at the VA that victims of sexual assault often suffer from female sexual arousal disorder, or in the case of men, erectile dysfunction, based on the physical and psychological effects of sexual trauma or as a side effect of medication used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Pingree says she has heard from female veterans who have had their disability claims denied because the VA doesn't even have a diagnostic code for their condition.

Pingree says it's a quality of life issue and fairness.



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