Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
Victims of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) often remain silent and do not realize that these sexual assaults entitle the veteran to benefits, not unlike those provided for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), one in five female veterans suffer from MST.
The vast majority of MST victims are women, but men also are victims of military sexual trauma. Having to admit that you have been sexually harassed, raped, or even sodomized is overwhelmingly difficult for any gender, but the stigma of male MST can weigh heavily.
Unfortunately, the VA does not diagnose MST as a medical condition, but treats the veteran as suffering from PTSD, brought about by the MST. Florida has a VA inpatient facility for MST victims, but the wait list is long. Please read the article posted on our site in the News & Media section titled: “VA Denied Sexual Trauma Claims by Veterans in Error” to learn more about MST.
It is never too late to file for disability benefits, as symptoms of PTSD or MST may not appear until years after a person experienced the sexual assault or harassment. In fact, our legal team has helped many MST victims with PTSD, who had their claims denied initially, re-apply and fight for their veterans benefits.