Compensation for disabilities resulting from sexual trauma in the military

Veterans who experienced sexual trauma in the military and who suffer from disabilities as a result of that trauma, or made worse by that trauma, can receive compensation from the VA.

The VA defines sexual and personal trauma as “any lingering physical, emotional, or psychosocial symptoms.” Such trauma may occur as a result of rape, physical assault, domestic battering and stalking.

To qualify for benefits for disabilities as a result of sexual or personal trauma, you must have been separated under other than dishonorable conditions, and must currently suffer from a disabling condition. Complete the VA Form 21-526 to apply for benefits. 

A study released last year found that 15% of female veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reported that they experienced sexual trauma during their service in the military.