Disability Compensation Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma

Military Sexual Trauma (MST) refers to sexual assault or sexual harassment while an individual was on Active Duty, Active Duty for Training, or Inactive Duty Training. Veterans can apply for disability compensation for any current health conditions that were caused by or got worse because of their military service. If you believe you have been the victim of Military Sexual Trauma, you may be eligible for disability compensation from the VA.

Examples of MST include:

• being pressured or coerced into sexual activities, such as with threats of negative treatment if you refuse to cooperate or with promises of better treatment in exchange for sex;

• Someone having sexual contact with you without your consent, such as when you were asleep or intoxicated;

• being physically forced to have sex;

• being touched in a sexual way that made you uncomfortable;

• repeated comments about your body or sexual activities; and

• Threatening and unwanted sexual advances.1

To receive benefits for MST, you must have a health condition that is related to these types of experiences. For your claim to be successful, you must have a current physical or mental condition that affects your body and mind, an event, injury, or illness that happened while you were serving and a link between your current disability and the event, injury or disease that happened during your military service. Veterans who have PTSD or other mental health conditions related to their experiences of MST can also submit evidence of this to the VA.

If you have been a victim of Military Sexual Trauma and have a current condition that was caused by or got worse because of it, contact the law office of Michael Monce at (859)344-8090.