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Rep. Judy Chu's nephew committed suicide after military hazing. Now, she's pushing to end the practice

May 10, 2016
In The News
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) added an amendment to the fiscal year 2017 military appropriation bill that includes the text of Rep. Chu's most recent effort. It would require the Department of Defense to create a national database of hazing incidents and submit an annual report on what it is doing to stop hazing through training and response. Chu contends that the military tolerates hazing despite officially prohibiting it. “The Department of Defense doesn’t want to recognize that hazing is a problem in the military. They have wanted to portray each of these incidents as isolated,” she said. “They have done some token things, such as including in their policies that hazing will not be done, it shall not be done, but actually there is no enforcement whatsoever.”