Later tonight, President Obama will be delivering his annual State of the Union Address.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has invited United States Army veteran and sexual assault survivor, Sandra Lee, as his guest at tonight's speech.

Senator Blumenthal said, "I came to know Staff Sgt. Lee through her heroism on the battlefield and her struggle with post-traumatic stress. I didn't hear about her horrible experience with sexual assault until I began championing a measure on combating military sexual assault with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand."

On the House side, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) will bring Susan Burke, the leading attorney-advocate against sexual assault in the military as her guest. Along with working very closely with Protect Our Defenders, Susan has represented dozens of servicewomen and men who were assaulted and then retaliated against during military judicial proceedings. Susan is also a staunch supporter of Rep. Speier’s Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention (STOP) Act, which would take sexual assault cases out the chain of command.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) to move the decision to prosecute and adjudicate sexual assault cases from an often-biased chain of command — a step toward creating an independent and impartial military justice system. This common sense reform has widespread bipartisan backing, with 53 senators publicly supporting the bill.

Please pledge to tweet the following: Thank You @SenBlumenthal @SenGillibrand @RepSpeier 4 fighting 2 end sexual assault in the military! http://bit.ly/1cqSEwN #passMJIA #SOTU

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