Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
id you know that one in three women and one in fifty men have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST)?
MST refers to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while someone is serving in the military. MST includes situations where a service member may have been unable to consent, coerced, manipulated or physically forced into sexual activities. Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.
Sexual violence or sexual trauma can impact Veterans' physical and mental health many years after the event.
Some problems associated with MST include:
- Strong emotions (depression, anger, fear)
- Lack of emotions (numbness)
- Anxiety, feeling on edge or jumpy
- Trouble sleeping
- Concentration or memory problems
- Changes in eating and/or weight
- Problems with alcohol or drug use
- Poor self-esteem
- Relationship difficulties (feeling disconnected, being distrustful)
- Physical health problems (pain, sexual, gastrointestinal issues)
- Suicidal thoughts and/or self-harming behavior (cutting/burning etc.)
VA provides FREE treatment for any physical or mental health conditions related to a Veteran's experiences of MST. No documentation of the MST experience or VA service connection disability rating is required to receive MST related VA care. Some Veterans can receive this free MST-related care even if they are not eligible for other VA care.
Every VA health care facility has an MST Coordinator who serves as a contact person for MST-related issues and who can assist Veterans in accessing care.
NAVAHCS is here to help you. Our Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator can help you find and access VA services and programs, state and federal benefits, and community resources.
Please join us for our Virtual 5K Event throughout the month of April in support of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Click here to register for this FREE event. Veterans who register will receive an Appreciation Bag. In the registration link, there is information on where to send photos of you support MST survivors.
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