VA’s National Theme in April 2014 is:
“You are not alone: VA supports survivors of military sexual trauma.”
VA health provider screenings found that about one in four women and one in 100 men seen in VA facilities report having experienced MST– sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred during military service. MST can affect Veterans’ physical and mental health for many years.
To assist recovery, treatment for MST-related physical and mental health conditions is available at every VHA facility, free to Veterans, regardless of service-connection status.
In other words, any U.S. Veteran may receive this free MST-related care, even if they are not eligible for other VA care. Every Veterans Health Administration facility has an MST Coordinator who serves as a point person for Veterans and staff.
Veteran caregivers have the power to encourage Veterans to seek help simply by responding sensitively, remaining knowledgeable about VA’s MST-related services, and ensuring confidentiality.
To learn more about MST and VA MST Treatment Services, visit the:
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Sexual Trauma ( http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp )