Delaware Senator Chris Coons has joined a bipartisan group of legislators who are proposing a measure that would take the prosecution of all crimes punishable by a year or more in prison out of the military chain of command.
These would exclude charges uniquely military in nature such as disobeying orders or being absent without leave.
The Pentagon has been rocked by another allegation of sexual assault in Fort Hood allegedly involving a sergeant who oversaw the prevention program against such abuse. Baltimore resident Brian Lewis served in the Navy from the late 1990's until 2001 and a Senate committee investigating the scandals that he too was assaulted. He spoke with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his story and reaction to the latest revelations. Lewis is also a member of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group involved with this issue.