Metrics details. In , the Department of Veterans Affairs VA strengthened its disability claims processes for military sexual trauma, hoping to reduce gender differences in initial posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD disability awards. From a nationally representative cohort created in , we examined service connection outcomes in men and women whose initial PTSD claims were denied. Secondary outcomes were service connection for any disorder and total disability rating. At inception, Even after , cohort men were more likely than the women to reverse initially denied PTSD claims, and military sexual assault history accounted for much of this difference.
Treatment and Compensation for Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma (MST) PTSD
VA Disability Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
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Such veterans are still struggling with profound anger, embarrassment, anxiety, or fear due to these experiences. Personal or sexual trauma are human designed events that inflict or threaten harm. Trauma can be defined as psychological, emotional, or physical symptoms. Some of the examples of trauma include:.
Background: Unique aspects of military sexual trauma MST may result in specific maladaptive cognitions among survivors. Understanding which posttraumatic cognitions are particularly strong among MST survivors could help clinicians target and improve treatment for these individuals. Multivariate analyses examined differences in posttraumatic cognitions between veterans who did and did not experience MST. Specifically, MST predicted the following cognitions: "The event happened to me because of the sort of person I am," "Somebody else would have stopped the event from happening," "Somebody else would not have gotten into this situation," and "There is something about me that made the event happen," after controlling for severity of PTSD and depression.