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Some veterans (women and men) suffered sexual or other personal 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 a veteran suffers from the effects of trauma in the service, VA may be able to help them.
How does VA define Sexual or Personal Trauma?
Sexual or personal trauma are events of human design that threaten or inflict harm. Trauma is defined as any lingering physical, emotional, or psychological symptoms. Examples of these are:
How much does VA Pay for 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. The veteran must have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions to be eligible, and must current suffer from disabling symptoms to receive compensation
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Secondary to Sexual or Personal 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. They include:
Sleep disturbances and nightmares
Feelings of fear and anxiety
Problems in intimate and other interpersonal relations
How can you apply?
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-526.pdf, Veterans Application for Compensation or Pension and take it to the County Veterans Service Office.
Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (RH)