Veteran Disability Benefits
If while serving on active duty you were the victim of a personal assault or sexual trauma, you could be entitled to receive disability compensation from the VA.
The VA defines sexual trauma as lingering physical, emotional, or psychological symptoms resulting from a physical assault of a sexual nature or battery of a sexual nature. Examples of physical assault or battery of a sexual nature are:
- Physical assault
- Domestic battering
Many victims of sexual assault suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is a recurrent emotional reaction to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault. In many cases, victims don’t realize they are suffering from the disorder. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are:
- Sleep disturbances and nightmares
- Emotional instability
- Feelings of fear and anxiety
- Impaired concentration
- Problems in intimate and other interpersonal relations
If you are a victim of sexual trauma, you could be eligible to receive disability compensation. In order to be eligible:
- the trauma or assault must have occurred while you were on Active Duty.
- you must be suffering from disabling symptoms.
- you cannot have been dishonorably discharged.