Military Sexual Trauma - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System

 

Military Sexual Trauma

Description of services

VA provides free treatment for all mental and physical conditions related to MST. Veterans do not need to have a VA disability rating to receive services.

The Veteran should feel free to ask to talk to a clinician of a particular gender if it would make them feel more comfortable.

There is no charge for the service.

About the program

Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will – he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.  Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.  Both women and men can experience MST during their service. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities are asked about experiences of sexual trauma because we know that any type of trauma can affect a person’s physical and mental health, even many years later. We also know that people can recover from trauma. VA has free services to help Veterans do this.  You do not need to have a VA disability rating (be “service connected”) to receive these services and may be able to receive services even if you are not eligible for other VA care.  You don't need to have reported the incident(s) when it happened or have documentation when it occurred.

Knowing that MST survivors may have special needs and concerns, every VA Healthcare System has an MST Coordinator who can answer any questions about MST services.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinator | Dr. Alicia Olmo | 787-641-7582 Ext. 12678 or 52676 | Direct (787) 641-5969

Location

Office D-280 - Second Floor Main Building San Juan VA Medical Center

Links and Resources

mentalhealth.va.gov

Contact Info

Location

  • Va Caribbean Healthcare System
    Main Building - San Juan VA Medical Center
    Office D-280

Contact Number(s)

  • 787-641-7582 Ext. 12678

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:00pm