The month of April has been designated as a national observance of sexual assault awareness. In the military, sexual assault is an often neglected or hidden issue that causes physical and mental trauma to many soldiers every year.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been increasing their awareness of the issue of military sexual trauma through various outreach programs. Many victims keep silent about their attack due to fear of retaliation or humiliation. Others deny the event even happened, leaving the psychological damage to be done over time.
Soldiers who do not report the incident and seek immediate treatment can be more prone to mental disorders in the future. Many veterans who were victims of sexual trauma during service may develop disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression. These disabling conditions can impair their ability to work and associate with others socially.
The VA recognizes sexual trauma, during military service, as a service-connected injury that may qualify a veteran for disability benefits. Veterans who have suffered this serious act can find support and get treatment for any mental disabilities they may be experiencing through the VA and by applying for veterans disability benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.