Some veterans (women and men) suffered personal assault and/or sexual trauma while serving on active military duty. They might still struggle with fear, anxiety, embarrassment, or profound anger as a result of these experiences. We can’t undo the past, but if you suffer from the effects of sexual trauma in the service, we may be able to help you.
How Do We Define Sexual Trauma
Personal or sexual assault are events of human design that threaten or inflict harm. We define sexual trauma as any lingering physical, emotional, or psychological symptoms resulting from a physical assault of a sexual nature, or battery of a sexual nature. Examples of this are:
- Physical assault,
- Domestic Battering, and
Compensation for Disabilities
Disability Compensation is a monthly payment to a veteran disabled by an injury or a disease incurred or aggravated on active service. You must have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions to be eligible. You must currently be suffering from disabling symptoms to receive compensation.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Secondary to Sexual Trauma
PTSD is a recurrent emotional reaction to a terrifying, uncontrollable or life-threatening event. The symptoms may develop immediately after the event or may be delayed for years.
- · Sleep disturbances and nightmares,
- · Emotional instability,
- · Feelings of fear and anxiety,
- · Impaired concentration,
- · Flash-backs, and
- · Problems in intimate and other interpersonal relations.
- To apply for or obtain more information about benefits, contact your local CVSO.