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New legislation could protect veterans against violent crimes

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Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, introduced the legislation in hopes of protecting veterans against violent crimes. (AP) Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, introduced the legislation in hopes of protecting veterans against violent crimes. (AP)
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If a former VA physician assistant is convicted of the crimes he’s accused of and has admitted to in investigative interviews, new legislation could give veterans a small piece of justice.

Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, introduced the legislation in hopes of protecting veterans against violent crimes.

Senate Bill 3330 is the Accountability to Safeguard Veterans from Violent Crimes Act. If passed, it would cut pensions earned by certain VA providers who are convicted of a violent crime against a veteran.

Mark Wisner’s criminal trial begins at the end of October. He’s charged with aggravated sexual battery, aggravated criminal sodomy and misdemeanor sexual battery. He also faces numerous federal lawsuits for allegedly sexually abusing patients under his care at the VA.

One veteran says he wants Wisner to pay for his actions.

“Why as tax payers should they have to pay him while he's sitting behind bars? For him to do what he did, it hurts because he claimed to be a fellow veteran. We're supposed to take care of each other and it hurts because of what he did to us,” said Russell, an alleged victim.

Moran’s press secretary said he expects the bill to be considered on the floor sometime in the near future.

“Those who violate the trust of our veterans must be held accountable,” Moran said. “The notion that taxpayers would fund the benefits of individuals who have threatened or harmed our nation’s heroes is unacceptable. The VA has made excuses time and time again without firing those who have mistreated our veterans, and this legislation would make certain these individuals aren’t able to walk away with the same benefits as those who honorably served our veterans.”

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