Military Sexual Trauma – What are my options?

MST is a devastating trauma that victims want to forget. I will be opening up this sensitive topic today for those who would like more information about the compensation for conditions associated with this trauma. Also, how the VA recognizes this and how to be compensated for this devastating, lifetime injury. Because it is hard to talk about, think about, and relive, it is often overlooked as a paid disability. I would like to bring awareness to the VA Claims Insider Community about MST.

What is MST?

Here is the VA definition found from the VA.

“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.”

This definition covers a vast variety of circumstances that can cause physical, mental, and emotional trauma, which in my opinion, the VA has done correctly. Trauma in itself affects everyone differently, then you factor in the severity of the incident and the person whom it has affected, and it is hard to be consistent across the board with a rating. The VA does not recognize MST as a ratable condition. However, you can receive compensation for conditions that result from it. Because of this, the VA put some extra focus on this area regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and psychological conditions linked to MST.

VA MST

I found the following information straight from the VA website, the full article can be found here. I would like to highlight a few of the conditions associated with victims, men and women, suffering from PTSD and other related mental and physical conditions:

  • 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

Since 2011 the VA has raised awareness of this issue, there is no additional mandatory training all VA raters and C&P examiners have to have to conduct these examinations. Specific lines of questioning and training to find further marker evidence to support the claim as well. Here is the reference for the evidence information and additional info about MST.

On behalf of VA Claims Insider, I would like to offer my assistance to any victim of this abuse. If any of you would feel more comfortable talking to a woman, I am available and have personal experience with this form of trauma. My name is Rachelle and I am the Veteran Engagement Manager for VA Claims Insider. I have access to many resources to get a discrete plan in place for you and your claim.

I would like to add, it is never your fault that any of these things happened to you and you have nothing to be ashamed of to pursue a claim for this. I can be reached here, our conversations will be completely confidential, and everything will remain discreet throughout the entire claims process. For more information about our memberships and our VA Claims Insider Mission, please visit our website.

📣 Want to help even more Veterans? Please CLICK AN ICON ABOVE and "SHARE" this post on Social Media! Thank You! 🚀

VA RATERS REVEAL
3 *SECRET*
VA CLAIM TIPS!

Hi Veterans, how would you like to learn 3 VA disability claim SECRETS from actual VA Rating Officials, aka, the people who determine your final VA rating?

Brian Reese here, USAF 100% disabled veteran, and founder of VA Claims Insider.

Part of the reason we call ourselves VA Claims “INSIDER” is because we get access to information that nobody else does…

In my brand-new 30-minute video training you’ll hear from “Actual VA Raters Who Reveal 3 VA Claim SECRETS (Learn What the VA Doesn’t Want You to Know…)”

Are you finally ready to get the VA disability rating and compensation YOU deserve?

Enter your email address below for immediate FREE access to the training:

Recent Posts

Follow Us

Easy VA Claims to Win!

How to File a Secondary VA Claim...

How to Get a 100 Percent VA Rating!

Dear Veteran, here’s the brutal truth about VA disability claims:

According to our data, 8/10 (80%) of veterans reading this message right now are underrated by the VA…

This means you do NOT currently have the VA disability rating and compensation YOU deserve, and you could be missing out on thousands of dollars of tax-free compensation and benefits each month.

As a fellow disabled Veteran this is shameful and I’m on a mission to change it.

Brian Reese here, Air Force service-disabled Veteran and Founder @ VA Claims Insider.

Since 2016, VA Claims Insider has helped thousands of Veterans just like you get the VA rating and compensation they deserve in less time.

If accepted into our ELITE membership program, you’ll get free up-front access and permission to use $13,119 worth of proprietary VA claim resources, including access to our network of independent medical professionals for medical examinations, disability evaluations, and credible Medical Nexus Letters, which could help you get a HIGHER VA rating in LESS time.

It’s FREE to get started, so click “Go Elite Now” below to complete our 3-step intake process.

STEP #1: Complete Basic Information
STEP #2: Sign Members Agreement
STEP #3: Join the Mastermind Group

If you’re stuck, frustrated, underrated, and currently rated between 0%-90%, VA Claims Insider Elite is for you!

Click “Go Elite Now” below to get started today and a member of our team will be in touch within minutes.

*Website Disclaimer*

VA Claims Insider, LLC is NOT an accredited agent, VSO, attorney, or entity recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is not affiliated with the VA in any way. VA Claims Insider, LLC does NOT assist veterans with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of VA disability claims for VA benefits. Veterans shall prepare and file their own claim or work with an accredited representative, many of which offer services for FREE. Veterans may search for and appoint an accredited VSO by clicking HERE. Veterans may also search and find Accredited Attorneys and Claims Agents by clicking HERE. By using this website or VA Claims Insider, LLC’s Mastery or Elite program, you acknowledge that there are completely FREE services available to assist veterans with VA disability claims for VA benefits. Veterans always have the option to utilize the free services provided by entities such as National Service Organizations (e.g., DAV, VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, among many others), Service Organizations, State Sponsored Veteran Service Officers, and/or the paid services of VA accredited agents or attorneys. Utilization of VA Claims Insider, LLC’s website or services is NOT required to submit a claim for VA disability benefits, and you may achieve a positive VA disability claim outcome with these other free or paid organizations. Information listed on this website, including but not limited to, success percentages, disability rating increases, and processing timelines are averages and not specific to any one claim. VA Claims Insider, LLC MAKES NO GUARANTEE OF RESULTS BY USING THIS WEBSITE OR OUR SERVICES, AND YOUR INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY. Under no circumstances does VA Claims Insider, LLC, provide medical or legal advice. This website is solely for marketing purposes and contains no medical or legal advice. The VA Claims Insider® name and logo are registered trademarks of VA Claims Insider, LLC.