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Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-01T21:29:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-01T21:29:26Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation (2013). Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma. American Civil Liberties Union; Service Women’s Action Network, 38 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/lib13-mst-report-11062013.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/438
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract This report presents the first opportunity for veterans, policymakers, and the public to examine in detail the experiences of MST [Military Sexual Assault] survivors as they seek compensation from VA. It is based on data provided by VA in settlement of two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. The lawsuits were brought by the Service Women’s Action Network, ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and the ACLU of Connecticut, with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School serving as lead counsel. As a result of these settlements, VA handed over never-before-released data on mental health disability benefit claims filed by veterans suffering from the aftermath of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. These data offer a close look at the enduring health consequences and bureaucratic battles that survivors of in-service sexual trauma face as they transition back to civilian life. Notably, the data reveal that VA has granted disability claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by in-service sexual trauma at significantly lower rates than it has granted claims for PTSD arising from other causes. Moreover, the data also reveal dramatic variation among VA regional offices in the treatment of MST-related mental health claims and disparate treatment by gender. (Author Text) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) en_US
dc.subject Data Analysis en_US
dc.subject Military Personnel en_US
dc.subject Veterans en_US
dc.subject Sexual Violence en_US
dc.subject Trauma en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Psychological Consequences en_US
dc.subject Treatment en_US
dc.subject Financial Burden en_US
dc.subject Compensable Expenses en_US
dc.subject Workplace Harassment en_US
dc.subject Compensation en_US
dc.title Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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