Military Sexual Trauma veterans benefits are available to veterans who were sexually abused while in the military.
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We help veterans obtain Military Sexual Trauma veterans benefits.
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) happens to service members at alarming rates. It’s hard to imagine anything worse than to experience Military Sexual Trauma and then being denied veterans benefits for anxiety, depression and other mental health problems from that Military Sexual Assault.
The attorneys at Woods and Woods represent veterans that suffer from Military Sexual Trauma.
Why are veterans benefits available for victims of Military Sexual Trauma? The Department of Veterans Affairs defines Military Sexual Trauma from federal Law Title 38 U.S.Code 1720D : Military Sexual Trauma is psychological trauma, which in the judgement of a VA mental health professional, resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active-duty, active-duty training, or inactive-duty training.
The VA recognizes sexual harassment as a prohibited form of illegal discrimination that generates a harmful and threating atmosphere. Sexual harassment also weakens moral. The VA defines sexual harassment as “repeated, unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threating in character.”
Military Sexual Assault comes in three basic forms.
Physical: Rape, Sexual Assault, Attempted rape or sexual assault. Unwelcome touching, pinching, brushing the body and cornering.
Verbal: Unwelcome suggestive remarks, sexual insults, innuendoes, jokes and humor about sex, or gender- specific traits, sexual propositions and threats.
Non-Verbal: Unwelcome suggestive or insulting sounds, leering/ogling, whistling, obscene gestures and obscene graphic material.
Military Sexual Assault is wrong and too common.
The keyword to Military Sexual Assault is “unwelcome.” If you have experienced any unwelcome Military Sexual Trauma, you may be entitled to Military Sexual Assault veterans benefits.
Veterans that have experienced Military Sexual Trauma or Military Sexual Assault often suffer from a variety of mental problems like depression, anxiety, PTSD, headaches, anger, or irritability. MST can cause sleep disorders that lead to more anxiety and depression. Many veterans affected by MST have difficulty experiencing emotions like love or happiness. Others have difficulties with memory and attention. Self-medication through drugs and alcohol is very common among veterans that suffer from Military Sexual Trauma.
Veterans may drink to help them to fall asleep or to help deal with the memories and emotions that affect them after Military Sexual Assault. Veterans suffering from Military Sexual Assault may have physical problems like sexual difficulties, chronic pain, problems controlling weight, eating disorders, and gastrointestinal problems. These physical problems can lead to new mental problems including: sleep disorder, anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Many veterans never reported their Military Sexual Trauma while serving.
Service members experience MST in a variety of ways. Most victims of Military Sexual Trauma or Military Sexual Assault did nothing wrong. A Veterans Administration survey shown that 1 in 4 Women and 1 in 100 Men respond “yes “that they experienced MST when screened by VA provider. Military Sexual Assault includes any sexual activity in which one is involved against one’s will.
Were you pressured into sexual activity with threats of negative consequences if you did not cooperate? Military Sexual Trauma occurs in the military with promises of promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex. Military Sexual Trauma can occur if you were unable to consent to sexual activity, for example, when intoxicated.
Military Sexual Trauma occurs in all branches of the Military. Sexual Assaults take place on ships and bases, during war or peace time. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities are asked about experiences of Military Sexual Trauma. The Military Sexual Assault and Military Sexual Trauma screening by the VA helps veterans that suffer from Military Sexual Assault receive Military Sexual Trauma veterans benefits.
To receive Military Sexual Trauma veterans benefits, you did not have to report the incident(s) when they occurred. Documentation of the event(s) is not required for Military Sexual Trauma veterans benefits.
Talk to our VA Disability lawyers confidentially and at no cost.
Find out if you are eligible for Military Sexual Trauma veterans benefits for free. Woods and Woods veterans disability lawyers help victims of sexual assault in the military. Some veterans are receiving over $2,900 a month from the VA in Military Sexual Assault veterans benefits. There is never a cost to talk with our VA Disability lawyers and find out if you have a case. You only pay Woods and Woods if you win your claim. If you do not obtain Military Sexual Trauma veterans benefits, you don’t owe us a penny.
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is a big problem in our military.
Many veterans have been the victim of hazing, rape, assault, forced prostitution, and groping. In many instances, the veteran reported the Military Sexual Assault and the military did nothing. There are also many veterans who have never reported their Military Sexual Trauma incident. Veterans who are victims of Military Sexual Trauma can receive Veterans Disability Benefits for their abuse. Proving Military Sexual Trauma claims can be difficult and we highly suggest your hire an attorney.
There are Veterans Disability Benefits for MST.
Many veterans who are victims of Military Sexual Assault have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and many other mental health issues. Just because your Military Sexual Assault happened a long time ago, that doesn’t bar your from receiving Veterans Disability Benefits. Many veterans long ago were the victims of hazing, rape, assault, forced prostitution, and groping and are still eligible for Veterans Disability Benefits.
You can appeal a denial of your MST Benefits claim.
You can appeal your claim for Military Sexual Trauma benefits. However, you only have a limited amount of time to file an appeal. We highly suggest your hire a Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney for the appeal process. Appeals for Military Sexual Trauma are very complicated. There are lots of forms, deadlines, and regulations that many victims of Military Sexual Trauma don’t even know about.
If you received a denial years ago you can file a new application for Military Sexual Trauma benefits. However, we highly suggest hiring a Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney because it is likely you are going to have to submit new evidence of your Military Sexual Trauma.
You only pay your MST Veterans Benefits lawyer if they win.
Woods and Woods never charges a penny unless we win your claim. If you lose your claim, you don’t owe us a penny. When you win your claim our fee is a small percentage of your backpay and case expenses. Woods and Woods will never touch any future benefits. We have the resources to hire doctors, psychologists, and vocational experts to help win your claim. The call is free and so is the advice. (866) 232-5777
Woods and Woods will advise you on how to file your Military Sexual Trauma application for Veterans Disability Benefits for free. We will guide you through the Military Sexual Trauma application process with no obligation to ever be our client. When you receive your initial decision, either denying you or rating you too low, you have the option to hire us.