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July 14, 2010

23% Female Veterans Using the VA Report Military Sexual Trauma

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 1:26 pm

Full Article at: Military Sexual Trauma

Mike Mitka

JAMA. 2010;304(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.878

Since this article does not have an abstract, we have provided the first 150 words of the full text and any section headings.

A May 20 hearing of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs focused on the needs of veterans affected by military sexual trauma and how the Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and the Department of Defense can identify ways to better prevent, treat, and properly compensate these veterans. According to testimony presented at the hearing, 23% of female users of the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system reported having experienced sexual assault while in the military.

“Veterans should be able to have access to treatment facilities and qualified staff with care and benefits delivered by employees who are properly trained to be sensitive to [military sexual trauma] related issues,” said Rep John Hall (D, NY), co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, in a release.”

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