Military Sexual Trauma: Resources
Military Sexual Trauma
Free, secure and private self-help mobile app created specifically to support the health and well-being of survivors of MST. The app has over 30 specialized tools and other features to help MST survivors cope with challenges, manage symptoms, improve their quality of life and find hope. Users do not need to create an account or be in treatment to use the app. Any personal information entered in the app is not shared with anyone, including the VA.
Below are downloadable brochures for survivors, educational tools for providers, and articles that help survivors and providers learn more about MST and VA’s free MST-related services.
Military Sexual Trauma Fact Sheet
Background information about MST, including what it is, how it can affect survivors, and help available through VA.
Help for Veterans Distressed by Recent Events Related to MST and Violence Toward People of Color
Coping suggestions and resources for connecting with care for MST survivors and others feeling pain and distress due to recent events related to MST and violence toward people of color.
Managing Stress Related to Coronavirus
Lists tips and resources that can help MST survivors cope and improve their wellbeing during the pandemic.
Help for Veterans Affected By Recent Public Discussions About Sexual Abuse
Information, coping suggestions, and resources for connecting with care for MST survivors who may be feeling distressed by recent public discussions about sexual assault and harassment.
Top 10 Things Healthcare and Service Professionals Should Know about VA’s MST Services
Quick reference information for non-VA service providers about VA’s MST-related offerings.
VA’s Health Care Services for MST
Summary of eligibility requirements and types of MST-related health care services available through VA.
VA Disability Compensation for Conditions Related to MST— Fact Sheet and General Information —
Details on VA’s disability compensation for conditions related to MST. (Veterans do not need to have a VA disability rating to receive free MST-related treatment through VA.)
Stories of Recovery
Visit this site to view stories from Veterans who have overcome mental health challenges, including those related to MST. Make the Connection is a one-stop resource where Veterans and their families and friends can explore information on mental health issues, hear fellow Veterans and their families share stories of resilience, and access the support and resources they need.
Military Sexual Trauma: Stories from Survivors
In this article, two MST survivors, John and Glenda, share their stories of recovery from MST. They also describe how taking advantage of free services from the VA helped with this process.
Veteran Learns to "Face her Demons" with VA PTSD Treatment
Michelle Covert had PTSD for 24 years but didn’t know it. Today, thanks to her treatment at a VA hospital, she is working, happy and determined to be a “voice of hope.”
“I made it!”: Massachusetts Veteran with PTSD turns his life around
Rich Adams was sexually assaulted while in the Navy and retreated into a life of shame and anger. Treatment has turned his life around dramatically.
The ‘Invisible Monster’: A Homeless Female Veteran’s Journey to Take Back Her Life from PTSD
Casondra Williams struggled after experiencing MST during her service. It took courage for her to reach out for help from the VA, but doing so has helped her take her life back.
When a Victim Becomes a Victor: This Navy Veteran Stands on His Story of Military Sexual Assault
Navy Veteran Timothy Jones shares his story of coming forward and recovering from MST, and the courageous steps he took to accept assistance from VA homelessness and mental health programs along the way.
Information about the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs.
This crisis support service is available to any member of the Department of Defense community affected by sexual assault. You can click, call, or text to get anonymous one-on-one advice, support, and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to www.safehelpline.org for a live chat or to view resources.
This self-guided program helps active duty Service members begin to recover, heal, and enhance their resiliency after experiencing sexual assault in the military. This resource is also useful for providers working with survivors.