Article by L.L. Nolan, an Asheville-based freelance writer.
Women who serve in the military and experience sexual trauma fight an uphill battle for justice. Fears of retaliation are just the beginning. If the trauma causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the servicewoman must exhibit behavioral “markers” for MST and must provide evidence that the assault occurred. Sometimes, the markers and evidence may be difficult to ascertain. There are very specific guidelines at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) on how to process these often complex, emotional MST-related claims. Unfortunately, the battle for