Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Pushing Past the Stigma! Part 1.

Hello fellow Veterans, DP Veteran Master Coach with Team Champions and today along with fellow Veteran Coach Amy and Dr Jen, we will be discussing Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and discussing the tolls it takes on veterans and how you can claim a VA disability claim for MST. If you want to work with Team Champions you can sign up at

What is MST?

“The definition used by the VA comes from Federal law (Title 38 U.S. Code 1720D) and is psychological trauma, which in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was serving on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.”

Strong emotions: feeling depressed; having intense, sudden emotional responses to things; feeling angry or irritable all the time.

Feelings of numbness: feeling emotionally “flat”; difficulty experiencing emotions like love or happiness.

Trouble sleeping: trouble falling or staying asleep; disturbing nightmares.

Difficulties with attention, concentration, and memory: trouble staying focused; frequently finding their mind wandering; having a hard time remembering things.

Problems with alcohol or other drugs: drinking to excess or using drugs daily; getting intoxicated or “high” to cope with memories or emotional reactions; drinking to fall asleep.

A difficulty with things that remind them of their experiences of sexual trauma: feeling on edge or “jumpy” all the time; difficulty feeling safe; going out of their way to avoid reminders of their experiences.

Difficulties with relationships: feeling isolated or disconnected from others; abusive relationships; trouble with employers or authority figures; difficulty trusting others.

Physical health problems: sexual difficulties; chronic pain; weight or eating issues; gastrointestinal problems.

It is also stated that because a lot of sexual trauma goes unreported, the evidence is accepted from sources that most claims would not allow. Here are some examples of those options:

– Department of Defense sexual assault or harassment reporting forms
– Investigative Reports completed during military service
– Law enforcement reports
– Mental Health Counseling Centers
– Hospitals
– Requests for transfer to another military duty assignment
– Decrease work performance
– Unexplained behavior (economic or social)
– Sexual dysfunction

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